>> From January 30 through February 2, the inaugural Winter X Games broadcast to 198 countries in 21 different languages. More than 38,000 spectators make the trek to Big Bear Lake for four days of competition.
>> In March the X Trials, a qualifying event for the X Games, begins in Providence, RI. One month later, a similar event is held in Orlando, FL.
>> From June 20 through June 28, a record crowd of 221,000 fans watches in San Diego and Oceanside as the third annual X Games continues to impress. Big Air snowboarding replaces bungy jumping and amazes on-lookers with a 10-story jump onto the beach.
>> In September, ESPN announces that the host of the 1998 Winter X Games is Mountain Resort in Crested Butte, CO. New sports to the Winter X Games include freeskiing, snowmobile snocross and skiboarding.
>> Also in September, the X Games Xperience travels to Disneyland Paris, France. Xperience is held in conjunction with Eurosport.
>> In December, citing overwhelming success, the X Games are officially invited back to San Diego for 1998 by Mayor Susan Golding.
>> 25,000 spectators gather over four days in January in Crested Butte, for the second annual Winter X Games.
>> In April, the first-ever international X Games qualifying event is held. The Asian X Games features 200 athletes from the Pacific Rim competing in Phuket, Thailand, for a limited amount of spots in the San Diego X Games.
>> In May, the second year of X Trials competition begins. The 1998 X Trials appear in St. Petersburg, FL, and Virginia Beach, VA, indicating that interest in action sports is growing rapidly across the country.
In June, the X Games tops its attendance mark for the fourth consecutive year as more than 233,000 spectators flock to Mariner's Point in San Diego for the X Games.
>> ESPN announces in September that the X Games will move to San Francisco for the years 1999 and 2000. In October, ESPN establishes their office on Treasure Island in San Francisco.
>> Crested Butte is once again the site for the third annual Winter X Games. More than 30,000 attend the event in January, which features more disciplines, including women's freeskiing, but no new sports.
>> In late April and early May, the third year of X Trials qualifiers take place in Louisville, KY, and Richmond, VA. Crowds top 30,000 for the four-day events, with the Xperience taking place in conjunction with the competitions.
>> On May 8, ESPN announces that the 2000 and 2001 Winter X Games will take place in Mount Snow, VT.
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