The 2013 Sprint U.S Grand Prix will be carried out over three legs, scheduled to stop at Park City Mountain Resort, Copper Mountain in Colorado, then Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.
As the first leg at Park City Mountain Resort was postponed, the world’s best snowboarders and freeskiers will be coming to Copper Mountain on January 9th to compete in both the halfpipe and the slopestyle events.
For the very first year, participants will get the chance to compete in the first FIS World Cup slopestyle snowboarding and skiing held at Woodward Central Terrain Park.
Throughout the competition, the points earned by each rider will count towards the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, to determine eligibility for each of the events.
This only adds to the excitement as many Olympic hopefuls would be desperate to get a chance to be a part of something as illustrious as the Winter Olympics.
For the snowboarders, the competition will be holding a TTR five star rating, giving the chance for riders to gain those all important points, as well as the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) Platinum event for skiers.
With a prize of over $375,000 in the pot, the competition is bound to be intense.
As the longest running U.S tour, this year’s line-up certainly reflects this prestigious event, attracting the likes of snowboarding’s legend Shaun White, Beijing’s Air & Style competitor Sage Kotsenburg and Pleasure Jam’s winner Eric Beauchemin.
Obviously, White will be the favourite to take first place in the halfpipe, however with a strong field there will be many ready to capitalise, should he make any slip ups.
Will the competition be graced with the tomahawk or one of his signature moves, double Mctwist?
After taking first place in the Superpipe at the Dew Tour, USA’s Kaitlyn Farrington will be competing this month to try and claim Copper Mountain’s halfpipe.
But following closely behind, will be Kelly Clark, who also showed her talent during the Dew Tour.
As the Winter Olympics draws closer, the heat is on to be the best there can be, and this event will certainly be showcasing no less than that.