Gravity Games are coming to Copper
If you want to see the world’s best park and pipe skiers and snowboarders lay it down, mark your calendar for March 3-6 when the Outdoor Life Network’s (OLN) Gravity Games descend on Copper Mountain.
For four days, 150 elite athletes will compete in 11 medal events in superpipe, slopestyle and cross. The games will be broadcast on OLN March 28-30.
“It’s a major event in the winter sports action landscape,” said Lauren Pelletreau, a spokesperson for Octogan, the sports marketing company which is organizing the Gravity Games for OLN.
Top names such as snowboarders Steve Fisher, Danny Kass, Tara Dakides and Hannah Teter, and skiers Tanner Hall, Peter Olenick and Sarah Burke are all expected to attend.
“It’s really great to have another big event in the mix,” said Fisher, who entered the 2004-2005 season as the defending X Games champion in snowboard superpipe.
The Gravity Games are an extension of OLN’s Summer Gravity Games, which this year took place Sept. 15-19 in Cleveland.
This will be the second time the snow sport version has been held, after the they debuted at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., in 2000.
At the time, the games were owned by NBC, which concentrated more on developing the skate- and motocross-oriented summer games. In January 2004, NBC sold the games to OLN, which decided to revive the winter version.
Copper Mountain was announced as the host mountain in September.
“We definitely view this as a premier event,” said Christine Sperber, Copper Mountain’s Gravity Games event producer. “The support I’m feeling resort-wide to pull this event together is unprecedented.”
The games are one of the largest events ever promoted at Copper Mountain, on par with ESPN’s X Games, which took place Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen.
“Copper hasn’t really hosted very many big events, so I’m glad that they’re doing it,” said Fisher.
To go with the competitions, Octogan is planning a spectator’s village in one of Copper Mountain’s base areas, as well as non-competitive events such as rail jams and big air contests, Pelletreau said.
Copper Mountain and Octagon are also coordinating with the town of Frisco to hold events on Main Street, including live music and a rail jam.
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