The Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix is making its way to sunny Mammoth Mountain for the second year in a row to wrap up an eventful halfpipe snowboarding season. The stacked athlete lineup includes 1080 master Kelly Clark, breakout star Kaitlyn Farrington and X Games bronze medalist Louie Vito.
In 2010 Mammoth played host to one of the most progressive halfpipe competitions of the season thanks to Danny Davis knocking out three double corked tricks to take a Grand Prix win. Now, Mammoth’s 22-foot-halfpipe will host not only a halfpipe competition loaded with the best riders in the western hemisphere, but also a slopestyle competition March 2-6, 2011.
Competition begins Friday with men’s and women’s slopestyle snowboarding and the Tour wraps up Saturday with men’s and women’s halfpipe finals. On the line at the Mammoth event is the overall Grand Prix title, and the competition is fierce.
The women’s field is led by Clark, who not only holds two Olympic medals but also recently laid claim to the title ‘first woman to ever land a 1080 in competition.’ Running right along side Clark is none other than Farrington, who has spent the season showing everyone that she’s a force in the halfpipe thanks to a win at the season’s opening Grand Prix in Copper as well as a silver medal at the X Games.
For Clark, she’s ready to put together something extra special to close out the season, and she’s talking about more than her 1080s.
“I’m really happy with the way my season is going. I have a little break right now, and I have a trick that I’m gunning for. I’m looking forward to being in Mammoth and being on a sunny wall and getting to really work out my run for the end of the season,” Clark said. “The consistency is there, and the 10 isn’t the hardest part anymore. I’m going to add some new components and hopefully build on it.”
In the men’s field, Vito leads the way with two Grand prix wins already in his pocket. “I’m looking forward to heading to the last stop of the Grand Prix in Mammoth,” Vito said. “Whenever you go to Mammoth, you know you can expect a good set up and venue. That’s how Mammoth does it!”
But that doesn’t mean the likes of home-mountain rider Greg Bretz, second place on the Dew Tour stop at Snowbasin, and the rest of the field won’t be looking at a chance to grace the podium with their presence.
Known for being the only resort in North America to offer three different-sized halfpipes, Mammoth Mountain is the place to be in early March to see halfpipe snowboarding’s best look to add another season title to their arsenal. Be there.
2011 Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain
Thursday, March 3
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Men Heat #1 Halfpipe Qualifiers
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Men Heat #2 Halfpipe Qualifiers
Friday, March 4
9:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Men Slopestyle Qualifiers
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Women Slopestyle Qualifiers
2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Slopestyle Finals
Saturday, March 5
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Halfpipe Finals
For more information contact Tom Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org
Author of Story: Lindsey Sine