The second stop on the Grand Prix Tour will be in Breckenridge, Colorado on January 8-12. This is one of five events used to qualify for the 2014 Olympic Team in skiing and snowboarding. We’ll be there covering the women’s events Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Road to Sochi Comes Back Through Breck: Champions Converge Jan. 8-12 for the 2014 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix
January 8-12 at Breckenridge Ski Resort Second stop of the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Series
Spectator Schedule and Access Announced
Breckenridge, Colorado – January 4, 2014 – On the heels of the holiday hustle and bustle, Breckenridge Ski Resortwill soon be feeling the Olympic spirit once again when the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix lands in Breck, Jan. 8-12, 2014. The second stop on the Grand Prix tour is among five events being used to qualify the 2014 Olympic Team for freeskiing and snowboarding.
Having recently played host to the opening qualifier at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships, Breck is perfectly prepared and landscaped for an unprecedented, second Olympic selection event this season in the resortâ€™s famed Freeway Terrain Park.
â€œWe are thrilled to have the road to Sochi come back through Breckenridge and support this important event in the US Olympic qualifying process,â€ said Breckenridge Ski Resort Marketing Director, Kieran Cain. â€œThis is a huge testament to our staff who have built the best pipe and slopestyle venue in the world and we are incredibly honored.â€
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix will feature most of the top international slopestyle and halfpipe athletes, including local Breckenridge and Vail Resorts Epic Team athletes Brett Esser, Zack Black, Bobby Brown, Keri Herman from the US, British freeskier James Woods and Australian Anna Segal. The event will be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Please check local listings for TV broadcast times
Only a handful of Olympic spots have been clinched so far, with more anticipated at Breckenridge in the third of five Olympic selection events. The final Olympic team nomination announcements will be just one week later.
This public event schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, January 8
Slopestyle Skiing Qualifiers 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Halfpipe Snowboarding Qualifiers 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 9
Slopestyle Snowboarding Qualifiers 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Halfpipe Skiing Qualifiers 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, January 10
Slopestyle Skiing Finals 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Slopestyle Snowboarding Finals 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11
Halfpipe Snowboarding Finals 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 12
Halfpipe Skiing Finals 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
To access THE BASE OF SLOPESTYLE spectators can walk up to the finish corÂral from the Peak 8 base area. Adhere to all directional signage and stay out of closed snowmobile lanes.
To access HALFPIPE OR UPPER SLOPESTYLE viewing, take Ripâ€™s Ride and follow footpath while adhering to directional signage and staying out of closed snowmobile lanes.
Free foot passenger tickets are available from the ticket windows and from guest services staff. A foot passenger ticket is required. Visit www.breckenridge.com for updated information or any schedule changes.
Some lodging is still available at www.breckenridge.com or by calling a Breckenridge reservation expert at (800) 536-1890.
Visit Breckenridge.comfor terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest priced lift tickets guaranteed. Stay connected all season long and learn more about Breckenridge Ski Resort at www.facebook.com/Breckenridge watch official resort videos at www.YouTube.com/Breckenridge, and follow @Breckenridgemtn on Instagram and Twitter.
Photo by Isaac Hinds – Athlete GretchenÂ BleilerÂ