Ripped to Shreds: Best of the X Games & SIA

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Photo courtesy of SnowSports Industries America

Sunday, January 29, marked the end of 2012 SIA (Snowsports Industries America)—a mega snow sports trade show that goes down in the heart of Denver, Colorado. Sick hardware and exciting outerwear crowded the Denver complex. And more than 18,000 powder hounds streamed into the SIA Snow Show, which played host to some of the absolute best in technical and street outdoor gear and hardware. Now you—the boarder, the skier, the back country big-air guy and the weekend warriors—can get your mitts on exactly the latest gear. Whether you need it so you can hit the pristine powder on your days off or just to look like you do, SIA had it. Look out for gear previews next week.

January 31 was also the final day of the 2012 On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest, where riders who’ve been held captive talking to buyers, retailers and media at the Snow Show, got the chance to get back home—the powder. This time, at Winter Park Resort and Devil’s Thumb Ranch. And they hit it hard, testing skiing, boarding and back country gear that was previewed in Denver.

And now for the good stuff, why we grab the bull (or Red Bull) by the horns and step out onto the powder eventually: Here are the best clips of shreds and creds from the 2012 Winter X Games, which wrapped up Sunday, after days of killer spills (and more spills) and thrills of the best in snow sports, in Aspen.

But first, video of Shaun White & the GoPro Snow Team at Winter X Games:

And Winter X Games 2012 Top Moments

And just for laughs, here’s what X Games pros have to say about their predictions for Super Bowl 46, which goes down this Sunday (2/5) — Giants versus Patriots!

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