March 2010 will see Tignes, France, host the first ever Winter X-Games outside the United States.
As Onboard reported some weeks ago, ESPN, Canal + Events and Tignes Ski & Snowboard Resort will launch the first Winter X-Games Europe this season, with the dates set for 10-12 March 2010. The event will be the first time ESPN has branched out overseas with their Winter X franchise, bringing together the high level of competition the event is known for with France's leading pay TV broadcaster and he local expertise of Tignes. A definitive list of the world's top winter action sports athletes will be invited to France to compete for medals and prize money in the eight different competitions held over three days, including Snowboard Superpipe and Slopestyle for men and women.
Canal + Events CEO, Jean Louis Dutaret said, " We are delighted to work with ESPN and the X-Games to bring the Winter X-Games to Europe. Canal + Evets and ESPN events teams will draw on all their experience to ensure this is the biggest and best winter sports event in Europe in 2010. As for soccer, rugby and many sports, Canal + Group will consider X-Games as a global project, including TV, Internet and mobile. In a Winter Olympic year, and only a few weeks after athletes have competed in Vancouver, fans in Europe will again be able to watch top names in the world compete head to head."
"Nothing could be more justified than Tignes as the host resort of the first Winter X-Games Europe. Tignes, the sportiest European ski resort, is always at the forefront of action and freestyle winter sports," said Tignes Ski & Snowboard Resort Manager, Sebastien Merignargues.
Rick Alessandri, ESPN Senior Vice President and MD of the X-Games franchise, said. "Working with Canal + and Tignes, and drawing on more than 10 years experience running the Winter X-Games in the United States, we are excited to bring winter action sports fans in Europe the best action sports event they will see in 2010. The first event outside the US reflects the continued global growth of the X-Games franchise as well as the progression of action sports in Europe."
Canal + Networks will show the Winter X-Games in France and French-speaking territories live (or on delay) so that those unable to come to Tignes will be able to see the evnt. ESPN will be responsible for all distribution outside of France.