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One of the longest-standing and celebrated tours in action sports history, the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series, is back, and bigger than ever for its 16th season. This year both snowboarding and freeskiing events will be front and center at Copper.
It All Starts at Copper
Copper will give the world its first glimpse at new tricks and progression the athletes have made in their riding over the summer months, as they boost their freshest moves in a pristine 22-foot halfpipe.
It all starts on Friday, Dec. 9 with halfpipe skiing. U.S. champs Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) and David Wise (Reno, NV), along with pros like X Games champion Jen Hudak (Salt Lake City), bring their brand of halfpipe stylings to Colorado.
Then, on Saturday, Dec. 10, laying out the best of their best will be top riders like Olympic bronze medalist Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT), who crushed the women's field last season as the only woman landing 1080s in competition. Also watch for Olympic bronze medalist Scotty Lago (Seabrook, NH), Olympic silver medalist Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT) and many more.
Known for being the first superpipe open for riding each season in North America., Copper's Olympic-regulation U-tube is one of the best conditioned spots to ride halfpipe in the world, not to mention completely visible from the Village at Copper and Burning Stones Plaza, making it easy for spectators to catch all of the weekend's competitions.
Immediately following the halfpipe snowboarding competition will be the Junior Jam, an event for local groms to come out and display their riding prowess to the world. Adding to the excitement of the event for the 2012 season is Woodward at Copper's involvement in the development of the Paul Mitchell Progression Session venue, an event that will feature innovative riding on a unique course setup, under the lights on Dec. 10.
Fans can play spectator in comfort at the mountain's base area, thanks to the location of Copper's twenty-two-foot superpipe, which is just steps away from the Village at Copper and Burning Stones Plaza. Nationally ranked terrain parks and more than 19,000 square feet of park and pipe progression tools in the new Woodward at Copper Barn, puts Copper smack in the middle of snowboarding development.
Just seventy-five miles from Denver, Copper is known for having the early-season snow necessary to open the first superpipe of the season in the U.S., and continually providing the best conditions for riders to compete in. To top it all off, the action at Copper will continue on Saturday night when the sun goes down, as the mountain hosts a Paul Mitchell Progression Session under the lights.