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Grand Prix opens in Breck

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE Back for the 12th year, the Chevy U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix kicks off its season at Breckenridge this weekend.The Grand Prix, which is an International Ski Federation event, will feature a mens and womens halfpipe competition. Qualifying starts Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. with mens and womens halfpipe finals starting at noon on Saturday.Local residents slated to compete among international competitors and Olympic medalists include U.S. Snowboard Team riders Clair Bidez and rookie riders Dylan Bidez and Broc Waring (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) as well as SSCV athletes Bryan Daino, Brennan Swanson, Connor Leach, Max Coons, Rose Raevsky, Faye Gulini, Elllen Feldman and Julya Chapman. Zach Layman is also on the rider list.After Breckenridge, the event heads to Tamarack, Idaho, Feb. 8-10, then finishes up in Killington, Vt., March 15-16. The event will be broadcast on NBC on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m., while the World Championship Sports Network will offer free streaming online coverage at wcsn.com.

TELLURIDE The Jeep King of the Mountain Tour, which recently merged with the Honda Ski Tour, starts its four-stop tour this weekend in Telluride. Along with mens and womens ski cross and snowboard cross events, the Tour will feature live music, a film festival, a fashion show and an environmental expo.After training and qualifying today and Friday, the ski cross competition takes place on Saturday with the snowboard cross coming on Sunday. The field of more than 100 skiers and boarders includes X Games and Olympic medalists, and just about all the top competitors in the world. Vails Chris Del Bosco will be competing in the skier cross for Canada. Former U.S. Ski Team member Daron Rahlves will also be competing. Some of the musical acts include Swollen Members, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Macy Gray and Blackalicious.The skier cross will air on CBS on Dec. 29 from 3-4 p.m., while the snowboard cross will air on CBS on Jan. 12 from 2-3 p.m. After Telluride, the tour heads to Squaw Valley, Calif., Feb 8-10 and then Sun Valley, Idaho, March 14-16. The final stop has yet to be determined. Other stops will feature mens and womens skier and snowboard halfpipe competitions.

For those looking to catch the World Cup all winter, The World Championship Sports Network will offer live and on-demand coverage of International Ski Federation World Cup skiing and snowboarding events, as well as Grand Prix Snowboarding events. For more information, and athlete blogs, check out http://www.wcsn.com.


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