USSA Grand Prix adds ski halfpipe event for 2010-11

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 7, 2010 2:53 pm

Shaun White and his snowboard won’t be the only snow sport represented on the 2010-11 USSA Grand Prix this year

The 2011 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, the longest running domestic snowboarding tour, will return to Colorado’s Copper Mountain on December 8-11, 2010 and will include both a ski and snowboard halfpipe event, which is a first in the US Grand Prix’s 15-year history.

With Copper Mountain consistently boasting the first 22-foot pipe to open each season, and the resort’s new pipe cutter, conditions are sure to be pristine for the athletes to unveil their best tricks.

This is a great opportunity for skiers and snowboarders to unite once again after this summer’s highly successful FIS Snowboard & Freestyle Junior World Championships that saw the two snow sports share the same event and venues for the first time on a World Championship level.

This year’s USSA Grand Prix could be a tease of what’s to come in 2013-2014 when the event serves as Olympic superpipe qualifiers for U.S. snowboarders. The International Olympic Committee will meet this month where they are expected to approve ski halfpipe for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi after unanimous endorsement by International Ski Federation (FIS) earlier this year.

Besides the Copper stop, the Grand Prix will once again feature a snowboard-only stop at Mammoth Mountain on March 4-6, 2011. At Mammoth Mountain, the riders will take to the halfpipe on Saturday March 5th, 2011 and then unleash their slopestyle skills in the Unbound terrain park in the final Paul Mitchell Progression Session of the season.

Competition Eligibility

*All riders must have a current USSA National Competitors Membership and a current FIS license.

*All athletes must be 13 years old by Dec. 31, 2010.