US Snowboarding Grand Prix Showcases the World’s Best Snowboarders at Copper, Dec. 10-12

December 9, 2009

US Snowboarding Grand Prix Showcases the World’s Best Snowboarders at Copper, Dec. 10-12


Copper Mountain, CO…December 9, 2009…The decks of Copper Mountain's 22-foot Main Vein Superpipe are buzzing with eager athletes ready to show off their new tricks as Copper welcomes the world's best riders to compete for a chance at Olympic glory during the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, Dec. 10-12.


The competition is the first stop of the five competition series and will feature Olympic champions Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA), Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT) and Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT), Olympic medalists Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO), JJ Thomas (Golden, CO) and Danny Kass (Portland, OR), along with snowboarding's many elite, as each vies for a spot on the 2010 Olympic halfpipe team. Also in the mix are X Games silver medalist Kevin Pearce (Norwich, VT), Olympian Elena Hight (South Lake Tahoe, CA) and Colorado native, and Copper’s own, Clair Bidez (Minturn, CO).

Competition Schedule (subject to change)

Thurs., Dec. 10

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.              Registration                             Copper Conference Center                   

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.              Media Room Open                    Copper Conference Center

9 - 10:30 a.m.                Women’s HP Practice                 Main Vein Superpipe

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.          Women’s Heat #1 Qual.            Main Vein Superpipe

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.          Women’s Heat #2 Practice         Main Vein Superpipe

11:45 - 12:45 p.m.          Women’s Heat #2 Qual.            Main Vein Superpipe

1 – 3 p.m.                       Men’s HP Practice                     Main Vein Superpipe


Fri., Dec. 11

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.              Registration                             Copper Conference Center

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.              Media Room Open                    Copper Conference Center

8:30 - 8:55 a.m.             Men Heat #1 Practice                Main Vein Superpipe

9 - 10:30 a.m.                Men Heat #1 Qualifiers             Main Vein Superpipe

10:30 - 10:55 a.m.          Men Heat #2 Practice               Main Vein Superpipe

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.       Men Heat #2 Qualifiers             Main Vein Superpipe

12:30 - 12:55 p.m.          Men Heat #3 Practice               Main Vein Superpipe

1 - 2:30 p.m.                  Men Heat #3 Qualifiers             Main Vein Superpipe

6 – 8 p.m.                      Exhibition Practice                    Lower Bouncer


Sat., Dec. 12

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.              Registration                          Copper Conference Center

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.              Media Room Open                 Copper Conference Center

10 - 10:50 a.m.              HP Finals Practice                   Main Vein Superpipe    

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.      Men’s/Women’s HP Finals        Main Vein Superpipe

Awards immediately following

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.          Xbox Junior Jam                        Copper Plaza

6:30 – 7 p.m.                 Exhibition practice                     Lower Bouncer

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.          Paul Mitchell Progression Session Nighttime Exhibition               

Awards immediately following

8:45 p.m.                       Free live music by Salem           Lower Bouncer                                                                          


Both the superpipe finals and the nighttime Paul Mitchell Progression Sessions are taking place on Sat., Dec. 12.  The nighttime exhibit, starting at 7 p.m., is a unique event for top pros and spectators consisting of a butter pad, to cliff drop that will allow athletes plenty of air time. Adding to the night will be the musical stylings of Salem, blending jazz, funk, R&B, hip-hop, spoken word and Afro-Cuban beats. The Paul Mitchell Progression Sessions, located right near the base area, will provide a very entertaining and intimate experience for spectators. 


If you can't catch the action in person, look for the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix show on a TV near you Sunday, Dec. 13 on NBC at 2 p.m. ET, and on Versus Sunday, Dec. 27 with the halfpipe competition airing at 4 p.m. ET and the Paul Mitchell Progression Session at 5 p.m. ET.


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