The 2012 Winter X Games Remembered - And 2013 Promised

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Tignes is reported be feeling something of an "X Games blues" now the biggest event in European snow sports is behind it for another year.

The French resort ran a 21 day build up to the three days of competition which it says attracted 103.600 spectators (including 41.500 people on Thursday only, the day of the men's snowboard SuperPipe final with Shaun White).

430 journalists arrived to cover the Games delivering almost 2000 hours of broadcasting in 198 countries.

"It's enough to make you feel a bit nostalgic… and very hungry while waiting for next year!" said a Tignes spokesperson.

And the good news is that Europe's Winter X Games has now announced it will be back in Tignes in 2013 and 2014. The franchise which for more than a dozen years has been held in Aspen, Colorado; may also sprout a Canadian version in 2013 with Whistler a possible venue in April next year, as an add on to their annual World Ski and Snowboard festival.

But for now highlights of the 2012 Tignes XGames included 16 year old Torin Yater-Wallace, who took his first Winter X Games gold with a rodeo 450 on the last rail of the Slopestyle course; Kelly Clark's domination, higher than all her competitors as always in snowboard SuperPipe, and the very "rock & roll" Shaun White with his spectacular stunts.

The date of the Winter X Games Tignes 2013 has not yet been announced but the resort promises it will be posted on their Facebook page as soon as they know.

Another & more significant event taking place in Tignes 2013 is the J2Ski members tour, details will be posted in due course & appropriate warnings will be issued in the general area for damage limitation concerns.

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