If you’re not already familiar with the Winter X Games, it’s a global gathering of the world’s finest extreme sports athletes.
And the next one is coming up soon at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, from January 26 - 29, 2017. For four days, athletes and spectators will come together to immerse themselves in action sports, live music, and festival vibes.
But even if you can’t make the real deal, you can enjoy your own extreme sports holiday at one of these top-rated destinations for skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.
Arc 2000, Rhône-Alpes, France
Of the four sites that make up the world-famous Les Arc ski resort, Arc 2000 is the largest, with an elevation of 6889 feet. It also has access to the Peisey-Vallandry ski resort, so offers a combined 425 km of slopes to shred.
Zürs am Arlberg, Vorarlberg, Austria
Zürs am Arlberg has 305 km of ski runs and 200 km of high Alpine deep powder runs. Skiers also have the unique opportunity to travel The White Ring, a ski circuit that spans 22 km and changes 18,044 feet in elevation.
Kutchan, Hokkaido, Japan
It’s not uncommon for Kutchan to see upwards of 32 feet of snowfall each winter and it’s close to the treasured Niseko powder region, making it one of the most popular snowboarding destinations in Japan.
Berridale, New South Wales, Australia
Deep in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, keen snowboarders will delight at the little town of Berridale. Plentiful fresh powder and jaw-dropping jumps mean endless extreme sports entertainment.
Eagle River, Wisconsin, USA
Eagle River, Wisconsin, has a staggering 804 km of trails that wind through forests and across frozen lakes. Each year, thousands of snowmobilers head to the town to enjoy some time on the trails or to compete in the Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby.
Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada
Elliot Lake boasts an impressive 281 km of groomed trails that connect to more than 2092 km of more trails throughout the region. These span from the deep backcountry to the downtown core, meaning you can make your trip as extreme as you want.