BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (Jan. 4) – Breckenridge solidifies its role asColorado’s “bastion of boarding” with the Chevy S-10 U.S. SnowboardGrand Prix Jan. 5-9.
The three-day Grand Prix is highlighted by a rare evening event at theresort Saturday, Jan. 8 when Breckenridge will install temporarylighting for the Doritos Loud Air & Style exhibitions. The Doritosevent is an invitation-only demonstration featuring a small field of 16men and 8 women performing mid-air maneuvers from the jump siteconstructed adjacent to the resort’s half-pipe at the base of Peak 8.The exhibition includes a free on-snow music concert by the band ALLfrom 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. that evening. The last two days of the eventalso include a “demo village” where the latest snowboard equipment andapparel can be viewed and tested.
The Grand Prix features the top U.S. riders, including members of theU.S. Snowboard Team, taking on an international field in giant slalomand half-pipe events. First place finishers in each event will win$10,000; the top male and female finisher (best three results in anydiscipline) for the season will win a Year 2000 Chevy S-10 ZR2 EditionTruck.
Expected to compete in the halfpipe competition is U.S. Snowboard Teammember Rob Kingwill (Jackson, WY), who won the opening Grand Prix atMammoth Mountain in December. Sondra Van Ert (Ketchum, ID), also a U.S.team member, will compete in the GS. Van Ert won the super G at Mammoth.
“The giant slalom is held on the same course we’ve held World Cups inalpine and disabled skiing on, as well as past snowboarding World Cups,”noted Special Events Manager Chris Searles. “And the halfpipe was cutwith our new Super Dragon 2000. The venues will provide a great testfor some of the world’s best riders.”
The Super Dragon 2000 represents the latest generation of pipe-groomingimplements, Searles said. It can cut wider, deeper pipes; theBreckenridge halfpipe will have 15-foot high walls and 17-foottransitions. Breckenridge was the first resort in the country to buy aSuper Dragon 2000 earlier this year when they were first available.
USSA and the Breckenridge Ski Resort will open a media room from Jan. 6through Jan. 9 at Beaver Run Resort at the base of Peak 9 in the Peak 6and 9 rooms. For the latest information on the Grand Prix, log onto theUSSA website www.ussnowboard.com.
Breckenridge is located 104 miles west of Denver International Airport.For the latest information on events, snow conditions, and more, callthe Breckenridge Ski Resort at (970) 453-5000 or toll-free at1-800-404-3535.
The Breckenridge Grand Prix events schedule is as follows:
Jan. 5- Registration, training
Jan. 6- Training
Jan. 7- Giant Slalom on Cimarron, Peak 10
Jan. 8- Halfpipe qualifying, Doritos Loud Air & Style (4:00 p.m. start),
Jan. 9- Halfpipe Finals, Peak 8