US Snowboarding Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Dec. 13-15 |

US Snowboarding Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Dec. 13-15

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

Breckenridge Ski Resort kicks off competition with first halfpipe event of the year

NEW nighttime event to take place at North America’s No. 1 pipe

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado ” The Chevy U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix will ride into Breckenridge complete with the world’s top snowboarders competing in the halfpipe and the nighttime exhibition events.

The three-stop series, now celebrating its 12th year as the premier snowboard series in North America, will open in Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 14-15.

Spectators will be treated to great action as Breckenridge team riders including two-time X Games gold medalist Steve Fisher, Olympic medalist JJ Thomas and Transworld Snowboarding’s Rider of the Year, Chad Otterstrom, join 2007 Grand Prix champion Tommy Czeschin, Olympic medalists Hannah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler (also ’07 Grand Prix champion), Kelly Clark and Lindsey Jacobellis in the first halfpipe competition on U.S. snow this season.

During the Day

North America’s No. 1 pipe will be in top condition for the halfpipe event which kicks off with training Thursday, Dec. 13. The action continues on Friday, Dec. 14 at 9:45 a.m. with halfpipe qualifying and wraps on Saturday with the halfpipe finals. Saturday finals for men and women start at noon.

The 2007 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 Chevy truck. Breckenridge Ski Resort is the perfect place to catch the 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

For the last two years, Breckenridge Ski Resort has 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 a brand new event that will take place under the lights at Breckenridge’s superpipe. Kicking off at 7 p.m. in the Freeway park at Breckenridge’s Peak 8, the Paul Mitchell Progression Session nighttime event will combine the halfpipe with rail and box features to create a progressive format called “pipestyle”. Competitors will go head to head in a jam session and best trick format while DJ Roots and DJ Captain Harris spin from the bottom of the pipe. Snowboarder Magazine’s editor in chief, Pat Bridges, has hand selected a group of world class snowboarders to compete in this special event.

Catch the Action on TV

The Chevy U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix features the best broadcast package for the sport. Viewers can catch the event on NBC Saturday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m. mountain standard time.

For information on Breckenridge including snow reports and more, visit or call (970) 453-5000.

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