X Games Event and Vacation Rental Information

X Games – fast growing sporting event makes for a great vacation

Few sporting events match the excitement of the X Games—they offer danger and daring feats of extreme skill. It's no surprise the X Games went from a biennial event to an annual event and are now held six times a year in cities around the world.

In 2013, the X Games are held in Aspen (January), Tignes, France, Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil, Barcelona, Munich and Los Angeles. These are all beautiful vacation areas. If you're interested in attending the X Games, vacation rentals are the perfect accommodation. You can travel affordably with a large group and have a spacious condo, home or villa to yourself. Plus, it will be worth spending a week at these venues--take in the sights, enjoy skiing or beach time, and enjoy the X Games, all in one trip.

What are the X Games?

Much like the Olympics, the X Games started out with Summer and Winter categories. Winter events include a variety of skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile competitions, involving unconventional maneuvers that include becoming airborne, sometimes at great heights. The Summer X Games include motocross, car racing, skateboarding and BMX events.

The X Games bring together relatively new yet extremely popular sports. The first X Games was held in 1995. The lineup of sports has changed over the years. For example, past events included vert skating, climbing, surfing, bungee jumping, street luge and others. The sport has definitely evolved for TV and online viewing and will likely continue to do so in coming years.

The events are exciting and dangerous. There's a constant risk of serious injury and even death for participants. During the summer X Games, motocross riders perform incredible maneuvers and dizzying heights on a motorcycle. During the BMX and skateboarding events, athletes catch big air and perform hard to imagine tricks before landing. Spectators hold their breath during every event, hoping the athlete completes the maneuver safely. Similar dangerous events are a part of the Winter X Games as well -- snowmobilers catch big air while riding a powerful snowmobile, while skiers bounce high, flip, twist and turn over moguls.

Given the increasing popularity of the X Games, reservations for vacation rentals should be made well in advance. Take into consideration the distance your condo, home or villa will be from the events.

Here's information about the remaining events for 2013, with links to vacation rentals on PerfectPlaces.com:

Tignes, France, March 20 - 22. Tignes is made up of the villages of Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, Le Lavachet, Tignes Les Boisses and Tignes-les-Brevieres. With the exception of Les Brevieres, all of the villages were created when the Tignes Dam was built in the 1960s for hydroelectric power. Tignes has long been popular with extreme ski buffs--it was the freestyle skiing venue during the 1992 Winter Olympics.

Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil, April 18 - 21. Majestic forests surround the magnificent Iguacu Falls-and area made up of 275 waterfalls stretched over a mile. They're nearly a half-mile high, making them broader than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara. They border both Brazil and Argentina, and both sides are beautiful. You may want to plan your visit to take in both.

Barcelona, Spain, May 16 - 19. Another former Olympic host city, Barcelona entered worldwide prominence when athletes from around the globe converged for the 1992 Summer Olympics. As with many former Olympic sites, this left a lot of great venues for sports, and the X Games takes full advantage. Barcelona's a beautiful city filled with European charm--outdoor markets, quaint shops, delightful local restaurants. It's a port city, so there'll be plenty of beaches and water activities.

Munich, June 27 - 30. Munich's sometimes referred to as Germany's "secret capital," due mostly to the large number of millionaires as well as its reputation as an international city. Located in the heart of Bavaria, you'll find both urban activities and easy proximity to the outdoors.

Los Angeles, August 1 - 4. It’s LA – what more is there to say? It’s a world-class city filled with way more than a week’s worth of things to do. It's August, so if you do nothing more than head to the beach, it'll be time well spent.

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