Rocky Mountain Snowboard Tour comes to Vail
The USSA Rocky Mountain Snowboard Tour hits Vail this weekend with a halfpipe competition scheduled Saturday and a giant slalom scheduled for Sunday.
The Vail stop is set to give away more than $2000 in prize money and prizes for the three male and female age divisions competing in the event. The age divisions are broken up into 12 years old and under, 13-14 year olds, and 15 years old and over.
“The whole aim of this series is to give all Colorado athletes, particularly our younger ones the chance to compete against each other on a more regular basis,” said Ben Boyd, head snowboard coach at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. “We have four great grassroots series run by the (United States of America Snowboard Association) in Aspen, Telluride, Copper Mountain and the SOS Series run in Vail, Summit County and Steamboat, but the problem was all the teams and kids only competed against each other one to two times a year.
“This series helps to give all developing athletes a stepping stone to the next level of events like the USSA Western Regionals, U.S. Grand Prix, Triple Crowns or the U.S. Alpine Nationals. Hopefully, some will even go on to compete on the U.S. Snowboard Team in World Cup events and even for some, the Olympics.”
The tour was put together by the head snowboard coaches and snowboard program directors of the clubs in Steamboat, Aspen, Copper, Crested Butte, Eldora, Telluride, Winter Park and Vail, working with the USSA Rocky Mountain Division as well as U.S. Snowboarding.
“We are the first region to have a series that lets all riders compete regularly against each other,” Boyd said. “Through this series, we will be selecting a Colorado Development Team (14 and under) and the Colorado Gold Team for athletes 15Ð21. Hopefully, this will be a springboard to bigger and better things for all competitive snowboarders in Colorado.”
Teams will be selected for the disciplines of alpine, boardercross and halfpipe.