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The snow is white, the lights are bright:
X Games returning to Norway

Moving from Oslo to an alpine paradise.

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Last February, X Games Oslo filled the Tøyen park to the brim with death defying stunts on skis and snowboards, as well as extreme sporting fans of all ages.

The audience and athletes weren’t the only ones who deemed the event a hit. Yesterday, sports broadcaster and X Games owner ESPN announced the return of X Games to Norway – but with a change of location.

Between the 8th and 11th of March, alpine skiing paradise Hafjell will be playing host to the games.

 

“If you aren’t well versed in the X Games, you may not realize how big this is”, says Odd Stensrud, manager of the Hafjell Ski Resort.

“What we have here is an event that counts amongst the world’s biggest in terms of both action sports and winter sports in general.”

Notable performers from 2016 like Yuki Kadono from Japan, Cheryl Maas from the Netherlands and Canadian Max Parrot can all be found on the list of athletes that have received invitations.

Norway’s home grown talent will be on display as well. Must-see skiing profiles like Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen, Johanne Killi and Øystein Braaten are expected to be joined by snowboarders like Silje Norendal, Kjersti Buaas and Ståle Sandbech – though some of them have yet to qualify.

Hopefully, this will also be an opportunity for local snowboarding hero Marcus Kleveland, winner of Big Air Milano, to shine in his home county of Oppland.

Aside from world-class sporting performances, X Games Norway is also shaping up to be extraordinarily beautiful.

Floodlights hitting tiny explosions of white snow kicked into the air by snowboards and skis jumping, skidding and spinning at high velocities should be enough to mesmerize anyone.

“X Games Norway 2017 will be the only slopestyle competition in the world with floodlights, and that should present an amazing experience both for the athletes and their fans”, says Henning Andersen of SAHR.

He is handling the Norwegian side of the event.

“The magical lights from the Big Air on Tøyen will be recreated on a 750 metre long piste.”

All of this will presumably culminate in another slew of memorable moments like when US performer Chloe Kim, then only 15 years old, broke every record for female snowboarders.

 

Or like this triumphant run from Japanese snowboarder Yuki Kadono.

 

For those looking to create some snowy memories of their own, the Hafjell Ski Resort features plenty of options – everything from a skill-adjusted terrain park for both the tiny and the tough, to a seven kilometer long cross-country track.

Fully lit, of course, for those late-night skiing runs.

Tickets for X Games Norway go on sale on the 9th of December.

See the website and app Fnugg.no for weather reports and information on more than 100 Norwegian ski resorts.

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