Canyons will play host to the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix February 10th – 12th, 2011 Park City, Utah
Come check out the world’s best male and female riders as they race head-to-head here at the resort. Top athletes from around the globe are expected to attend: Seth Westcott, Nate Holland, Graham Watanabe, Jonathan Cheever, Shaun Palmer, Lindsey Jacobellis, Faye Gulini and more! 2/10/2011, 2/11/2011, 2/12/2011
- February 10: Men’s and Women’s SBX Practice
- February 11: Men’s and Women’s SBX Practice & Time Trials
- February 12: Men’s and Women’s Finals
After the Finals, we will be doing the awards presentation and a live concert on stage by Fuel in the Resort Village. Thursday, Friday, Saturday
All events and activities are free to the public!
Lastly, don’t forget to tune in and watch the Finals on TV:
- February 19: 2:00pm EST on NBC Sports
- February 19: 4:00pm EST on Versus
Two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) and silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) will be among the athletes vying for titles as the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix makes a snowboardcross stop February 10th – 12th, 2011 at the Canyons Ski Resort in Park City, Utah.
Halfpipe is the most noted of snowboarding disciplines with a long track record of U.S. Olympic success. Halfpipe events are conducted in a giant pipe built at resorts with manmade snow and carved with specialized equipment to create up to a 22-foot deep pipe. Halfpipe riders perform a series of jumps, tricks and maneuvers that are judged for their degree of difficulty and execution. In typical competitions, riders in the finals of an event take two runs with their best run scored.
Halfpipe has been an Olympic event since snowboarding’s debut in 1998. The USA won two medals in 1998, four in 2002 including a sweep of men’s and gold in women’s, and four in 2006.
Snowboardcross, or SBX, debuted in the 2006 Olympics to rave reviews as one of the most action packed events in snowboarding. Riders race against each other in groups of four on a specially built snowboardcross course that includes banked turns, jumps, rollers and varied terrain.
The USA has had great success in snowboardcross, with Seth Wescott winning the first Olympic gold and Lindsey Jacobellis taking silver in Torino.
Slopestyle tests a rider’s ability to handle a variety of terrain by executing freestyle maneuvers down a course filled with terrain features including rails, hips, tabletops and a multitude of jumps, allowing riders to combine big air and technical tricks into one run. Riders are judged on amplitude, execution, difficulty of line, landings and use of the course.
Slopestyle is not yet an Olympic event, but is rapidly gaining in popularity.
Alpine snowboarding was one of the original Olympic events in 1998. In World Cup competitions, there are several formats including parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom. The Olympics features only parallel giant slalom.
In parallel giant slalom, or PGS, riders race head to head on side-by-side giant slalom courses with the winner advancing to the next round. Parallel slalom, or PSL, is similar but with athletes competing on slalom courses.