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How to Watch the X Games: Winter 2021 Aspen Edition

Fear not, friends. Despite no in-person crowds, the X Games is still throwing down in Aspen, Colo. Read on to learn about the top athletes competing in the X Games Aspen 2021 and how to watch it all unfold.

SuperPipe, Slopestyle, Big Air. The X Games has been running since 1995, and it’s not about to stop now. It’s 2021, and the X Games are back. Despite no in-person crowds, some of the biggest snowboard and ski athletes in the world will return to compete on the big stage.

The X Games just announced its full 2021 schedule (and dropped a sweet little preview) of this year’s games. Here are a few top events to watch for:

  • Friday night: Women’s Ski Big Air and Men’s Ski SuperPipe
  • Saturday night: Men’s Ski Big Air, Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe
  • Sunday night: Men’s Snowboard Big Air

X Games Aspen: How to Watch

This edition of the X Games will largely be televised, so if you have access to a television subscription, that’s your first option. Check it out on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC, and get the full schedule here.

You can also stream some of the X Games Aspen 2021 live on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and TikTok for viewers in the United States and across ESPN’s online streaming services around the world.

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X Games Athletes: Who to Watch

Alex Ferreira: An Aspen-native pipe skier who won back-to-back X Games gold in 2019 and 2020, Ferreira has racked up six total X Games medals since he began competing in 2013.

Kelly Sildaru: This Estonian skier took home SuperPipe and Slopestyle golds at the X Games 2020 and is one of only two female athletes competing in three disciplines this year (SuperPipe, Slopestyle, and Big Air).

Chloe Kim: SuperPipe snowboard shredder Chloe Kim is back at the X Games after she took 2020 off for her first year at Princeton. Kim is arguably the best SuperPipe athlete at the X Games, with five gold medals and seven podiums to her name.

Gus Kenworthy: Competing since 2011, he’s a skier with five X Games medals to his name. He’ll compete in SuperPipe competitions this year.

Dusty Henricksen: This snowboard athlete dominates in Slopestyle and Knuckle Huck, and he’s only 17. He competed in his first X Games in Norway 2020.

The X Games run Friday, Jan. 29, through Sunday, Jan. 31, in Aspen, Colo. Watch the X Games on ESPN, ABC, or online. You can also interact on the X Games’ brand-new X Fest interface online to attend virtually and enter to win a Polaris snowmobile.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over five years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.