PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 16) – Snowboarding athletes looking to make their way up the ranks of the sport are getting ready for a season of groundbreaking competition as the Jan. 14 start of the U.S. Snowboarding Revolution Tour draws near.

The Revolution Tour, which has been produced U.S. Snowboarding for six years, is the gateway for up-and-coming riders to compete on a national level against their peers, and prepares them to progress through the ranks of elite snowboarding.

Open registration begins October 20, 2009 at 9:00am (PST). Visit www.ussa.org for more information.

“The Revolution Tour is entering its sixth year and we are absolutely stoked for another great season,” U.S. Snowboarding Program Manager Abbi Nyberg said. “The Tour has grown so much over the past few years it has been great to see athletes progress from the Revolution Tour and have success at the Grand Prix, US Open, other major events.”

The riding kicks off just after New Year’s at the home mountain of Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, VT with halfpipe and slopestyle competitions.

“We are excited to add Mount Snow to the Tour this season,” Nyberg said. “They have done a great job with the Dew Tour events and we are happy to be headed to Vermont.”

After starting things off in the East, the tour heads for the Rockies to Copper Mountain, CO, in February. Halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboardcross will all be featured at the Copper stop.

In March, the tour makes its way to the West Coast where it sets down at Boreal Resort in the Tahoe region of California for its third stop. The tour wraps up in the same month at Oregon’s Mt. Hood Meadows. Both stops will also feature snowboardcross, halfpipe and slopestyle.

“We’re looking forward to heading back to Copper, which has been a staple on the tour for the past four years.  As well as heading back to Boreal and Mt Hood Meadows who put on excellent events,” Nyberg said.

With an invitation for the top male and female riders to Junior World Championships, US Open, Grand Prix and U.S. Snowboarding’s Project Gold Team on the line, the up-and-comers will be fighting for the prize. The  Project Gold team is a benchmark for aspiring athletes, who’ll spend a week training with U.S. Snowboarding pros at their annual summer camp.

Registration is open through Oct 16 for pre qualified riders and Oct. 20 for open registration.  Visit www.ussa.org for more information.

2010 U.S. Snowboarding Revolution Tour Schedule

Jan. 14-15 Mount Snow, VT
Halfpipe, Slopestyle

Feb. 7-10 Copper, CO
Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Snowboardcross

March 5-7 Boreal, CA
Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Snowboardcross

March 16-18 Mt. Hood Meadows, OR
Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Snowboardcross