Kate Pettersen - Thursday Jan. 23, 2014 17:51 ET

Everything you need to know about X Games

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The best action sports athletes from around the world are in Aspen, Colo., for Winter X Games. Canadian Olympic freestyle ski and snowboard athletes will compete in slopestyle, halfpipe and snowboard cross events. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

This weekend the best freestyle skiers and snowboarders in the world will compete at X Games in Aspen, Colo., for a chance to win a coveted gold medal and prize money. X Games is invite only and features the best of the best in action sports.

What do you need to know about one of the biggest events of the season? We’ve got you covered.

Who (Canadians competing):

Slopestyle snowboarding
Mark McMorris
Sebastien Toutant
Maxence Parrot
Spencer O’Brien

Slopestyle skiing
Kaya Turski
Dara Howell
Kim Lamarre
Yuki Tsubota
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand

Halfpipe skiing
Mike Riddle
Justin Dorey
Noah Bowman
Rosalind Groenewoud

Snowboard cross
Maelle Ricker
Dominique Maltais
Carle Brenneman
Chris Robanske
Kevin Hill
Rob Fagan
Jake Holden

What: Competing for X Games bragging rights and a big chunk of prize money. In snowboard events, athletes will be competing for a purse of $504,600 US. In freestyle ski events, athletes will be competing for a purse of $282, 800 US.

When: January 23rd-January 26th, 2014.

Where: Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo.

Important events for Canadians (all times Eastern):

Friday- 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Men’s and women’s Snowboard Cross Finals
Friday 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Women’s Ski SuperPipe Final
Friday- 9:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Men’s Ski SuperPipe
Saturday- 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
Saturday- 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
Sunday- 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Men’s and Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final

Will history repeat itself for some of the top Canadian athletes?

  • Mark McMorris is aiming for his third-straight gold medal in men’s slopestyle snowboarding
  • Dominique looks to win gold in women’s snowboard cross after landing atop the podium in 2012
  • Kaya Turski looks for her fourth career Winter X Games win
  • Kevin Hill is aiming for the podium after winning silver at Winter X Games in 2011

Bonus Material:

Winter X Games is a weekend of extreme sports action, concerts and parties for everyone attending. On Saturday, Grammy Award-winners Phoenix, from France, headline a show that runs from late afternoon into the evening. On Sunday night, Tiesto, one of the most recognizable names in electronic music, headlines the show.

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