PARK CITY, UT — Park City Mountain Resort welcomes world-class athletes back to the Eagle Superpipe for the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix on December 17-20. The world’s top snowboard athletes–including teenage superstar Shaun White, Olympians Ross Powers, Danny Kass, J.J. Thomas and Kelly Clark and 2003 rider of the year, Gretchen Bleiler–will compete for over $300,000, one of the largest overall purse sizes for a snowboarding series.

“The best athletes in the world return to the Eagle Superpipe, site of the unforgettable Grand Prix and 2002 Winter Games, said Julie Hopkins, director of marketing and sales for the Resort. “Last year’s combination of music and world-class competition created one of the most magical nights at the Resort. We’re looking forward to repeating that winning formula this year on December 19 with a live performance by Staind at the Superpipe finals.

Staind, a multi-platinum record selling band, will perform on stage in the Eagle Race Arena on Friday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m. The superpipe finals will immediately follow the concert at 7:15 p.m. Ticket price is $18 and can be purchased by calling Smith’s Tix at 800.888.TIXX, visiting the web at www.smithstix.com or in person at any Smith’s Tix outlet or Orion’s Music of Park City. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

Grand Prix competition will also include the parallel giant slalom (PGS) to be held on Wednesday, December 17. Winner of the season opener Continental Cup and Olympic bronze medalist Chris Klug leads the U.S. contingency. Thursday will provide more action as more than 150 competitors vie for a spot to compete in Friday’s Superpipe finals.

Concluding the Grand Prix on Saturday, December 20 will be a wall ride exhibition, presented by Paul Mitchell, featuring members of the Park City Mountain All-Stars team including JP Walker and Jeremy Jones.

Admission is free for Wednesday’s PGS Thursday’s qualifying superpipe competition and Saturday’s Exhibition. For a complete schedule of events and information, visit Park City Mountain Resort’s website at www.parkcitymountain.com.

Park City Mountain Resort celebrates 40 years as the heart of American skiing and snowboarding during the 2003-2004 season. With 3,300 acres of groomed runs, bumps, bowls, terrain parks, and Utah’s famous powder our guests can get it all here. The Resort is consistently ranked among the top ten ski resorts in North America by SKI magazine and voted as one of the top four terrain parks by Snowboarder and Transworld Snowboarding magazines.