Breck to host snowboard Grand Prix through 2006
PARK CITY, Utah – The Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix schedule is set for the 2005 and 2006 seasons with three sites signed on to host the series for the next two years, announced the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the governing body of U.S. Snowboarding.All three sites boast a long tradition with USSA. And as in years past, Breckenridge will headline them. In addition to Breck, Oregon’s Mount Bachelor and New Jersey’s Mountain Creek will also host Grand Prix events the next two years.The Grand Prix – now in its ninth season – is considered one of the premier snowboard competitions in the United States, providing American riders a clear path to qualifying for the Olympics.
“These venues in particular are quality, proven sites where we know our riders will feel comfortable in their quest to qualify for the Olympic team,” said Annette Royle, USSA vice president of events. “We’re excited that USSA will be able to offer them the continuity of this schedule heading into the Olympic season.”Multi-year agreements make good business sense for both USSA and the venue, allowing each party to leverage the maximum out of the partnership,” added Royle.In addition to the two-year agreements with these three venues, Royle announced that Lake Placid, which is set to host its first snowboard World Cup March 4-6, also has signed on to stage a Grand Prix event in 2006.The 2005 season once again will offer one of the largest overall purses for a snowboarding series – $300,000 – along with the best broadcast package for the sport on NBC, America’s Olympic network, as well as rebroadcasts and special presentations of exhibition events presented by the Outdoor Life Network.Royle noted that it was a goal to secure venues in three distinct regions in order to capitalize on the industry and fans unique to all areas of the country. The series’ sites provide riders nationwide access to Olympic qualifying events, which are “open” competitions.
The Grand Prix kicks off in Breckenridge, home to a wealth of the sport’s top talent, including standout U.S. Snowboarding rider and X Games pipe gold medalist Steve Fisher. Breck has consistently been rated as having the best pipes and terrain park in the country.”Breckenridge has become a classic snowboard site for us and provides us access to the Rocky Mountain market,” said Royle.The Grand Prix series concludes February 4-5 at Mountain Creek, where the 2006 Olympic snowboard team will be announced.
The 2004-2005 Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix schedule (TV dates and times included): Dec. 18-20, 2004, Breckenridge Ski Resort: Saturday, Dec. 18 halfpipe qualifications and evening exhibition; Sunday, Dec. 19 halfpipe finals; Monday, Dec. 20 parallel giant slalom (NBC Dec. 26, 2004, 3 p.m. ET; OLN airdates TBA)Jan. 7-9, 2005, Mt. Bachelor Resort: Friday, Jan. 7 halfpipe qualifications; Saturday, Jan. 8 halfpipe finals and big air exhibition; Sunday, Jan. 9 snowboardcross (NBC Jan. 16, 2005, 5 p.m. ET; OLN airdates TBA)Feb. 4-5, 2005, Mountain Creek Resort: Friday, Feb. 4 halfpipe qualifications; Saturday, Feb. 5 halfpipe finals under the lights; exhibition TBA (NBC Feb. 20, 2005, 2 p.m. ET; OLN airdates TBA)
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