Voted No. 1 pipe in North by TransWorld Snowboarding

Second half-pipe available at Breckenridge Ski Resort

Terrain park staff serves up hot chocolate

Breckenridge, Colorado—Breckenridge Ski Resort announces the opening of North America’s No. 1 pipe Monday, Dec. 5. This year the Freeway SuperPipe will be 450 feet long and feature 18 foots walls with a 17-degree pitch. This marks the earliest opening of the Freeway pipe in recent years thanks to record snowfall and cold temperatures that have allowed for around-the-clock snowmaking.

TransWorld Snowboarding, one of the most respected snowboarding magazines in the business, releases its Top Ten List each fall. Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Freeway SuperPipe was ranked #1, beating such resorts Mammoth, California and Park City, Utah. For the overall resort rankings, Breckenridge rose to fourth place.

“Maintaining a world-class halfpipe takes time, knowledge and commitment,” says Kurt Hoy, editor-in-chief of TransWorld Snowboarding, the world’s number-one snowboarding magazine. “The condition of a pipe can make or break a riders day, but Breck’s got the magic touch and the results speak for themselves. Breckenridge consistently ranks well in our annual resort poll and this year our readers also deemed the resort worthy of the Best Pipe of the Year Award.”

The results of TransWorld Snowboarding’s 2006 Reader Poll are published in the January 2006 issue of the magazine and the Resort Guide Special Issue, both on newsstands now.

For skier and riders looking to sharpen their pipe riding skills before hitting the pro pipe in Freeway, Breckenridge Ski Resort has also opened the beginner Eldorado Pipe.

“Breckenridge Ski Resort’s dedication to the park and pipe program is unsurpassed in Colorado,” says Brad Hoerter, Breck’s Pipe designer. “We really try to open our features as early as possible to allow our guests to enjoy the quality product that we produce.”

The No. 1 pipe in North America will be on display to the world when the Chevrolet US Snowboard Grand Prix rolls into town December 13-17. This is the first stop for American halfpipe riders to qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

In addition to the No. 1 pipe and No. 4 resort overall, some of the world’s best snowboarders and skiers call Breckenridge home. Breckenridge Ski Resort announces its Pro-Am team and JV team riders or the ’05-’06 season. Breckenridge’s Freeride Team Members are Summit County’s most talented skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers, many of who are world-renowned in their field. The Team includes X Games champs and Olympic contenders, as well as up-and-coming amateurs. Riders give feedback on terrain and industry trends, helping to ensure that Breckenridge continues to soar in the park and pipe rankings.

The 2005-2006 Breckenridge Freeride Team includes the return of such notable snowboarders as X Games medallist and Olympic competitor Todd Richards; X Games champ Steve Fisher; TransWorld Snowboarding’s Rider of the Year, Chad Otterstrom; slopestyle guru Ryan Thompson; as well as Leslie Glenn, Jason Johnson, Jeff Meyer, Nic Drago, and Josh Sherman. Breckenridge is also proud to announce its newest member, including Session winner Mike Casanova, Gabi Viteri and Tori Koski. The Team skiers are X Games Gold medallist Chris Hawks, Paul Cotter, Josh Tostado, Clay Bryant, Fritz Van De Mark and newcomers Adam Delorme and Justin Allen. Telemarkers Max Mancini, of Warren Miller’s “Higher Ground” fame, returns this year with Babes in the Backcountry founder Leslie Ross. The JV team is comprised of Next Snow Search champ Jozy Gessner, Grant Savidge, Cullen Moran, Zach Black, Flint Doyle, and Mike Campbell.

The Breckenridge Ski Resort pipe crew would like to thank riders for voting Breckenridge #1 Pipe in TransWorld Snowboarding. To show their appreciation, guests who visit Freeway on Monday will have the opportunity to enjoy conversation and hot chocoolate at 10 a.m. with SuperPipe design team, Brad Hoerter and Nick Symon.