Arts + Culture

The Checklist: Sporting Events

by Josh Dean

WINTER X GAMES

Where: Aspen, Colorado (through 2010)

Play along: Sometimes understanding a culture isn't only about visiting a place, but understanding a mind-set. And if you've found yourself saying something like, "I just don't understand kids these days," get to Aspen during the Winter X Games. Aspen is tony, sure, but it's also an epicenter of extreme sports and the attendant youthful culture. The X Games are all about amplitude—bigger airs, more rotations, nuttier variations on already nutty sports. In 2007 Freestyle Snowmobiling was introduced to the world. If you were lucky enough to be at Aspen's Buttermilk base area, you saw the guys launch themselves—and their 500-pound machines—off of ramps, pulling off tricks with names that sum up their insanity: Heart Attacks, Supermans, even Backflips. This all happens in front of throngs of Red Bull–charged kids who can't wait for heroes like snowboarder Shaun White and freestyle skier Tanner Hall to fly two stories into the air while rotating three and four times, sometimes upside down.

How to score tickets: You don't need them. All events are free. What will the kids think of next?

When: Every January.

For more information: www.expn.com

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