Breckenridge, CO--The 2006-07 Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix will be ride into Breckenridge complete with the world’s top snowboarders competing in the halfpipe and nighttime exhibition events. The three-stop series, now celebrating its 11th year as the premier snowboard series in North America, will open in Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 14-16. Spectators will be treated to great action as US Olympic medalists Danny Kass, Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler join Breckenridge Team Riders Chad Otterstrom, JJ Thomas and Steve Fisher in the first snowboard competition on U.S. soil this season. Teter, who won halfpipe gold in Torino, is going for a three-peat in Breckenridge after winning this event the last two consecutive years.
“It’s been exciting to watch the evolution of the Grand Prix Series and its emergence as the pathway to the Olympic Games for American riders, said Grand Prix Tour Director Eric Webster. “As we start the next Olympic cycle, I’m particularly eager to see what role the Grand Prix will have in defining the careers of riders striving for Olympic team selection in 2010. Increased prize money for halfpipe contests and reduced field sizes are just a few changes that will continue to raise the caliber and prestige of the Grand Prix.
During the Day
With abundant early snowfall and cold temperatures for snowmaking in Breckenridge, North America’s No. 1 pipe will be in top condition for the halfpipe event which kicks off with training on Thursday, Dec. 14. The action continues on Friday with halfpipe qualifying and wraps on Saturday with the halfpipe finals. Saturday finals for men and women start at 11 a.m. Field sizes will be made up of about 105 men and 50 women for the halfpipe contest, many of which are U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team members.
The 2006 Grand Prix season will offer one of the largest overall purses for a snowboarding series -- prizes total more than $300,000 with nearly $100,000 being awarded at Breckenridge. In keeping with tradition the overall winners of the Grand Prix series will be awarded a new Chevrolet truck. Breckenridge Ski Resort is the perfect place to catch the some action as local riders compete for the purse. Spectators can cheer for their local favorites and experience the thrill of being front row at a national competition.
After the Sun Sets
Last season, Breckenridge Ski Resort set a new standard for spectators and competitors alike with the nighttime quarter-pipe event in downtown Breckenridge. This year, the resort is raising the bar with another nighttime event held right off of Main Street in Breckenridge. Snowboarder Magazine’s editor in chief, Pat Bridges, has hand selected a group of world class snowboarders to compete in this special event. The nighttime exhibition starts at 7 p.m. in the Miner’s Parking lot, located between S. Park Avenue and S. Main Street.
Grand Prix Lodging
Guests wishing to attend the Chevrolet US Snowboard Grand Prix are invited to take advantage of a special lodging deal at Beaver Run. Lodging rates will start at $98.88 per night, with a three night minimum stay required. This special Grand Prix lodging deal is valid Nov. 26 -- Dec. 17, 2006 and additional restrictions may apply. To book lodging log on to www.breckenridge.com
Catch the Action on TV
The U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix features the best broadcast package for the sport on NBC. Viewers can catch the event on Christmas Eve, December 24 at 1 p.m. mountain standard time. Rebroadcasts and special presentations of exhibition events will be broadcast by Versus.