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KILLINGTON'S BEAR MOUNTAIN TO HOST U.S. SNOWBOARDING GRAND PRIX FINALS MARCH 14-15
KILLINGTON, Vt. (Winter 2008/09) – The best snowboarders in the world return to Killington Resort’s Bear Mountain March 14-15 for the finals of the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, America's top snowboarding competition tour.
The Killington U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix event will be broadcast on NBC March 21st at 2:00 p.m. EST, and March 22nd and 29th on Versus at 5 p.m. EST.
The Grand Prix will also feature new stops at Copper Mountain in Colorado's Summit County and Boreal Mountain Resort in the North Lake Tahoe region near Truckee, Calif.
"I am excited about the resorts that we are partnering with for the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix because not only are they all great destinations in great locations, but they are creating new ways for snowboarders to ride resorts," said Grand Prix Tour Director Eric Webster. "The line-up of Copper, Boreal and Killington seems like the perfect mix of progression and history which is fitting as the Grand Prix enters its 13th season."
NBC and Versus will be on hand to broadcast the competition. (Schedule details will be released closer to competition.)
With competitors vying for an overall purse of $300,000, expect to see some of the sport’s best athletes competing at Killington, including Nate Holland, Seth Wescott, Tommy Czeschin, Hannah Teter, Lindsey Jacobellis and 2007-2008 Grand Prix Champion Louie Vito.
“We’re very excited to once again host the best snowboarders in the world and showcase our world-class terrain parks and Superpipe,” said Patricia Ryan, director of sales and marketing for Killington Resort. “With the debut of The Stash this season, combined with hosting the Grand Prix, Bear Mountain is ‘the’ place for freeriding in the east.”
Killington will host the Halfpipe Qualifiers and on Saturday, March 14. On Sunday, March 15, the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Slopestyle Qualifiers and Finals will take place.
Copper Mountain Kicks off the Tour
The Grand Prix kicks off Dec. 12-13 at Copper Mountain, Colo. No stranger to the Grand Prix tour after hosting it in 1998 and 1999, Copper will open with the traditional men's and women's Superpipe competition and will include an exciting nighttime exhibition event with the Paul Mitchell Progression Session.
California's Boreal Joins the Tour
The tour migrates further west to Boreal, which is right off of I-80 between Reno and Sacramento, Jan. 29 - Feb. 1. Riders will boost their best tricks in the Boreal Superpipe, a 22-foot-pipe which will have athletes going bigger while providing them with a chance to show off their best runs in an Olympic sized Superpipe as the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver hover on the horizon.
Killington Awards the Grand Prix Champions
The Grand Prix returns to Killington, right in the heart of New England, for the second year in a row on the final stop of the tour March 14-15. The Killington competition will also include a 22-foot Superpipe and the overall Grand Prix champions will be crowned. Last year snowboarding phenom Louie Vito (Columbus, Ohio) took top billing with two wins on the tour and Olympic champion Kelly Clark (West Dover, Vt.) proved her medal winning her fourth Grand Prix title. The weekend snowboard celebration also will feature the final Paul Mitchell Progression Session of the tour.
"Killington has always been a leader and innovator in creating ways to make snowboarding at resorts better, especially this year with the resort building a new Burton Stash trail, and combined with a dedicated staff, creative terrain and events like Spring Loaded that are legend in the sport," Webster said.
With a field of about 100 invited Superpipe athletes, the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix looks to make waves as the 13th season brings the best snowboarding competitors to towns across the U.S.
2009 U.S. SNOWBOARDING GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE:
Dec. 12-13, 2008, Copper Mountain
Friday, Dec.12 - Men's Halfpipe Qualifiers
Saturday, Dec. 13 - Women's Halfpipe Qualifiers, Halfpipe Finals and Paul Mitchell Progression Session (night exhibition event)
Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2009, Boreal Mountain Resort
Friday, Jan. 30 - Halfpipe Qualifiers
Saturday, Jan. 31 - Halfpipe Finals
Sunday, Feb. 1 - SBX Qualifiers and Finals
March 14-15, 2009, Killington Resort
Friday, March 13 - Halfpipe Qualifiers
Saturday, March 14 - Paul Mitchell Progression Session Qualifiers and Halfpipe Finals
Sunday, March 15 - Paul Mitchell Progression Session Finals
About Killington Resort
The largest ski and snowboard resort in eastern North America, Killington debuts $8.4 million in improvements for its 50th Birthday Season, including the new Skye Peak Express and “The Stash.” Killington Resort features diverse terrain, an expansive lift network, the most extensive snowmaking system in the world and numerous off-mountain activities, including après, dining, shopping and lodging options. www.Killington.com.