In it's eleventh year, the Chevorlet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix will take place from 3-4 Februrary at Mt. Bachelor. Televised on NBC Sports and Versus, this event is part of the exclusive snowboard tour in the U.S, featuring the top riders in America vying for $300,000 in cash prizes at world class venues.
Expected riders include Steve Fisher (Breckenridge, CO), who won his second X Games gold in halfpipe on Sunday, and Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO), who boosted her X Games medals total to three with silver in halfpipe behind Austalian Torah Bright, also scheduled to compete. U.S. Snowboarding's Scotty Lago (Seabrook, NH) and Louie Vito (Bellefontaine, OH) are also slated to compete in both halfpipe and slopestyle.
As an innovator in snowboarding progression, both the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions slated for Mt. Bachelor are sanctioned as a Five Star Ticket to Ride (TTR) event. This means points are awarded toward winning the overall TTR World Tour, a culmination of Independent freestyle snowboard events globallly recognized as a tour and tied together by the TTR rating system. Now in it's fifth year, the TTR features a 10-month competition season including top rated snowboarding events over four geographical zones.
"The TTR plugs the Grand Prix into the world tour schedule and solidifies the series as a top-level competition that continues to push the progression of snowboarding," said Grand Prix Director Eric Webster. "It's where all the highest profile events come together for a global tour and validates the level of competition that the Grand Prix is able to continue to provide."
"This is huge exposure for the Grand Prix, Mt. Bachelor and all the riders who come together to make this happen," added Webster. "The Grand Prix series produced four Olympic medalists last year and we saw an unbelievable field at Breckenridge in December already pushing the level of riding in the first contest of the year. As a five-star event on the TTR, Mt. Bachelor is going to see another big field of riders looking to add to their TTR World Tour points total."
Additionally, Rip-It Energy Drinks will award a best trick award of $2,500 during the slopestyle on Sunday
Mt. Bachelor Schedule:
Saturday, Feb. 3 - Halfpipe Qualifiers and Finals
Sunday, Feb. 4 - Slopestyle Qualifiers and Finals