To be able to team up with The Arctic Challenge and Oakley is huge for U.S. Snowboarding and the Grand Prix
Breckenridge, Colorado (PRWEB) December 20, 2006
For the third consecutive year, the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix opens at Breckenridge Ski Resort, once again voted the best halfpipe in North America by readers of Transworld Snowboarding Magazine. ResortQuest Breckenridge is excited to welcome these world-class athletes and provides over 350 Breckenridge vacation rentals, just moments from the Peak 8, where the event is to be held.
Expected to compete are six Olympic medalists including Gretchen Bleiler (silver '06; Aspen, CO), Lindsey Jacobellis (silver '06; Stratton Mountain, VT), Kelly Clark (gold '02; Mount Snow, VT), Ross Powers (gold '02; Stratton Mountain, VT), Danny Kass (silver '02, '06; Mammoth Lakes, CA) and JJ Thomas (bronze '02; Golden, CO).
"Breckenridge is one of the most challenging contests of the year because the Grand Prix draws the best riders in the world. In the past couple of years, it's been pretty windy here and that has also made it tough, but it's been beautiful all week and the pipe is super consistent. They do such a great job dialing this pipe and I always look forward to this contest," said Bleiler, the reigning Grand Prix champion.
Breckenridge has been witness as snowboarding history has been written and rewritten at Breckenridge. The resort was one of the first in North America to allow snowboarding in 1985, then one year later, hosted the first world championships. ResortQuest has been providing quality Breckenridge vacation rentals since 1996.
In its fifth year at Breckenridge, the Grand Prix added to that history last season when Luke Mitrani (Mammoth Lakes, CA) boosted a 31-foot air out of a quarterpipe via snowmobile tow-in during the Paul Mitchell Progression Session. Riders will have a chance to topple the mark this Saturday night as another monstrous quarterpipe is constructed in downtown Breckenridge. The event also serves as the only North American qualifier for The Arctic Challenge, hosted by snowboarding legend Terje Haakonsen in Norway.
"To be able to team up with The Arctic Challenge and Oakley is huge for U.S. Snowboarding and the Grand Prix," said Jeremy Forster, U.S. Snowboarding program director. "It validates that we are putting on some of the highest level contests that focus on providing the riders the best venues and overall contest experience. Partnering with TAC along with Mountain Creek being a 5-star TTR (Ticket to Ride) event this season continues to raise the level of the Grand Prix series."
Grand Prix venue designer Pat Malendoski of Planet Snow Designs will again build the feature in downtown Breckenridge located in the Miners Parking Lot right in the middle of downtown Breckenridge. All the snow for the event has been trucked in and the quarterpipe is once again anticipated to be right about 30-feet high. Plus in keeping with the Grand Prix tradition of combining entertainment with the world's best snowboarding competition, DJ Roots and DJ Vajra will perform live during and after the downtown exhibition.
"There are two elements that must be in place to make this year's TAC event a true success: First, the perfect arena and second, the ultimate rider list. By partnering with an exclusive group of events as the Grand Prix in Breckenridge, we know we're getting the best riders out there." Henning Andersen, CEO of TAC said.
ResortQuest offers a complete selection of Breckenridge vacation rentals and lodging package in Breckenridge and Keystone, just steps from all the adventure the mountain resorts have to offer. Guests can choose from deluxe hotel suites, 1-4 bedroom condominium and luxurious private homes in ski-in/ski-out or downtown locations. For more information on ResortQuest Breckenridge and their wide selection of vacation rentals, visit ResortQuestBreckenridge.com
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