PARK CITY, Utah (June 27) — The 2008 Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix enters its 12th year as America’s premier snowboarding series with stops scheduled for three of the nation’s top resorts including Breckenridge, CO, and Tamarack, ID, plus a return to the East Coast with a night final at Killington, VT. Offering one of the largest overall purses in snowboarding the Chevy Grand Prix will award prizes totaling $300,000, including a new Chevrolet truck given to the overall champions.
NBC, America’s Olympic network, will again provide national exposure with broadcasts of each stop. Versus will broadcast additional weekend events, highlighted by the Paul Mitchell Progression Session series now entering its fourth season. “With well respected and proven venues in Breckenridge, Tamarack and Killington, the Chevy Grand Prix series will continue to provide a combination of great marketing value and world class events that set the standard for elite level snowboarding competitions, said Grand Prix Tour Director Eric Webster. The combination of prize money, exposure and superior competition venues continues to draw the worlds best riders like 2006 Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT), silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO), two-time X Games champion Steve Fisher (Breckenridge, CO) and 2007 series overall winners Tommy Czeschin (Mammoth Lakes, CA) and Kelly Clark (Mount Snow, VT).
As snowboarding continues to evolve, the Chevy Grand Prix remains a solid proving ground as young riders go head to head with seasoned pros. Last season was highlighted with Louie Vito (Columbus, OH) and Matt Ladley (Steamboat Springs, CO) landing on the Chevy Grand Prix podium for the first time. Kicking off Dec. 14-15 at Breckenridge, the Chevy Grand Prix will mark its fourth consecutive year of opening the competition season and the seventh year Breckenridge has hosted the Chevy Grand Prix. Consistently voted as a top snowboarding resort by readers of Transworld Snowboarding magazine, pros like Fisher and 2002 Olympic bronze medalist JJ Thomas call Breck home. The crowd-favorite Paul Mitchell Progression Session will again take place at night in downtown Breckenridge. At last year’s event a crowd of 5,000 plus were on hand to see Fisher earn an automatic ticket to The Arctic Challenge by landing a barrage of huge tricks on the 30-foot quarterpipe, while being towed in by snowmobile. The series then moves north on Feb. 9-10 to Tamarack, ID, where in its inaugural season with the Chevy Grand Prix, featured a 22-foot halfpipe (the new Olympic standard) that was rated by riders as the best competition halfpipe of the year. Opened in 2004 Tamarack hosted last year’s finals and boasts 5,000 acres of backcountry terrain that begged most riders to hang around well after the competition ended. For the second straight year, Tamarack will also host a snowboardcross event with the best in the country going head-to-head on the mountain’s renowned natural features. On March 15-16 Vermont’s Killington Resort will host the Chevy Grand Prix for the first time and will also be the location where the overall champion will be crowned at a night halfpipe final. Because of its unprecedented dedication to building the best parks and pipes in the east, Killington will host the a slopestyle event, another stop of the Paul Mitchell Progression Session series. Additionally, Killington will host live musical entertainment to coincide with the event at the resort’s Bear Mountain venue. “Not only does the Chevy Grand Prix have the sickest pipes, you’re always guaranteed to be competing with the best group of riders out there, said Vito, who cut his teeth on East Coast pipes and was second at two Chevy Grand Prix events last winter. “You also see a lot of progression at Chevy Grand Prix events; just look at the Olympic year, so many of the tricks thrown in Italy were first stomped at the Chevy Grand Prix. Domestic field sizes will be made up of aboout 60 men and 30 women for each halfpipe contest. Registration will be invitation only based on 2007 results, with invitations going out in mid August.
2008 CHEVROLET U.S. SNOWBOARD GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE
Dec. 14-15, 2007, Breckenridge Resort Friday, Dec. 14 — Halfpipe Qualifiers Saturday, Dec. 15 — Halfpipe Finals and Night Downtown Paul Mitchell Progression Session Freestyle Event Feb. 9-10, 2008, Tamarack Resort Friday, Feb. 8 — Halfpipe Qualifiers Saturday, Feb. 9 — Halfpipe Finals Sunday, Feb. 10 — Snowboardcross Qualifiers and Finals March 15-16, 2008, Killington Resort Saturday, Feb. 15 — Halfpipe Qualifiers and Night Finals with concert Sunday, Feb. 16 — Paul Mitchell Progression Session Slopestyle Qualifiers and Finals
VENUE CONTACT INFORMATION
U.S. Snowboarding: Juliann Fritz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 435.647.2061
Breckenridge: Nicky DeFord, email@example.com, 970.453.3210
Tamarack: Jessica Flynn, jflynn@TamarackIdaho.com, 208.489.1400
Killington: Tom Horrocks, thorrocks@killington,com, 802.422.6237