PARK CITY, Utah (Dec. 15) — Quickly becoming a top snowboarding destination worldwide, Park City Mountain Resort is set to host the world's best riders as the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix returns to the Olympic mountain Dec. 17-20 for the second consecutive year.
With the fastest filled field in Grand Prix history, teen superstar Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA), joins 2002 Olympic champions Ross Powers (gold, South Londonderry, VT), Danny Kass (silver, Hamburg, NJ), J.J. Thomas (bronze, Golden, CO) and Kelly Clark (gold, Mount Snow, VT) in the Eagle superpipe, while Chris Klug (bronze, Aspen, CO) is set to relive his Olympic triumph as parallel giant slalom speeds into the Eagle Race Arena. Also slated to compete are 2003 stars, Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT) and Steve Fisher (St. Louis Park, MN), who are fresh off wins at the first Vans Triple Crown.
Adding to the international flavor, riders from Japan, Australia and Sweden along with World Cup overall champion Jasey Jay Anderson of Canada, '02 PGS gold medalist Philipp Schoch of Switzerland and Alex Maier, brother of Austrian skiing legend Hermann Maier will gun for a share of the over $80,000 purse. Multi-platinum rock group STAIND will play live before the Saturday night superpipe finals. The event will air Dec. 27 at 3:00 ET on NBC.
"The best athletes in the world return to the Eagle Superpipe, site of the unforgettable Grand Prix and 2002 Winter Olympic Games," said Julie Hopkins, director of marketing and sales for Park City Mountain 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."
The Park City Mountain Resort event also provides a glimpse at the future with a Junior Jam to be held in the superpipe on Saturday. A unique event, the Junior Jam will showcase 50 up-and-coming male and female riders under the age of 13 in an hour-long jam session that will be coached by the pros. A Junior Jam will also be held at the Feb. 6-8 Grand Prix stop in Mountain Creek, New Jersey.
Following the Junior Jam is the ever-popular exhibition featuring the 40-foot Paul Mitchell wall ride and includes the Park City All-Star team, plus a solid field of invite only professional riders who excel in progressing the freestyle riding.
"The addition of the Junior Jams to the Grand Prix line up and continuing to host cutting edge exhibitions is an expression of the USSA's commitment to introducing young riders into world class competition, while showcasing the sport's progression," said USSA Vice President-Events Annette Royle, who has assisted in the production of the series since its birth during the 1997 season.
Dec. 17 — PGS Qualifications 11:00 a.m. ET and Finals 3:00 p.m. ET
Dec. 18 — Superpipe Qualifications 10:30 a.m. ETDec. 19 — STAIND Concert 8:00 p.m. ET, Superpipe Finals 9:15 p.m. ET
Dec. 20 — Junior Jam 12:45 a.m. ET, Exhibition 2:00 p.m. ET