The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, America’s top tour for freeskiing and snowboarding, is coming to Breckenridge Ski Resort Jan. 8-12. The second stop on the Grand Prix tour will be among five events being used to qualify the 2014 Olympic Team for freeskiing and snowboarding. The tour stop for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Grand Prix and an International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle World Cup for freeskiing was moved from Northstar California Resort to Breck because of its competition-ready venue already in place. Despite quality snow conditions at Northstar, the region was not getting sufficiently cold temperatures for snowmaking teams to ensure the huge production of snow required for building a competition halfpipe and slopestyle venue. Breckenridge, CO recently played host to the opening qualifier at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships. The event will feature top international athletes and will be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN.
Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing / 2012 Grand Prix Slopestyle Finals at Mammoth Mountain.
Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing/ 2012 Grand Prix Halfpipe Finals at Mammoth Mountain.
The schedule goes as follows:
Wednesday January 8th:
Slopestyle skiing qualifying / Halfpipe snowboarding qualifying
Thursday January 9th:
Slopestyle snowboarding qualifying / Halfpipe skiing qualifying
Friday January 10th:
Slopestyle skiing finals / Slopestyle snowboarding finals
Saturday January 11th:
Halfpipe snowboarding finals
Sunday January 12th:
Halfpipe skiing finals
Be sure to tune and support the U.S Ski and Snowboard teams!