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2017 U.S. Grand Prix Returns to Copper Mountain, Dec. 11 - 17
- Copper Mountain kicks off the competition season with the 2017 U.S. Grand Prix, Dec. 11 - 17
- Big air snowboarding competition to serve as one of three events in Team USA’s Winter Champions Series
- Competition set to air live on NBC on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m. EST
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — December 6, 2016 — Athletes from around the world are set to battle it out at Copper Mountain at the 2017 U.S. Grand Prix, Dec. 11 - 17. Freeski and snowboard athletes take to the Main Vein Superpipe. The weekend will also feature big air snowboarding, a new Olympic discipline, as part of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Winter Champions Series.
The freeski event will be a FIS World Cup and AFP Platinum level event. The snowboard events are FIS World Cup and TTR World Snowboard Tour International level competitions. The AFP and the TTR World Snowboard Tour serve as global rider ranking systems based off of top-level events and crowns world champions in their respected sports. Dual sanctioning for both freeskiing and snowboarding creates additional value for athletes as they accrue the necessary points needed to secure spots at international competitions.
NBC will feature live coverage of the competition on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m. EST plus additional coverage on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 2 – 4 p.m. EST.
New this season, the USOC is joining in on the U.S. Grand Prix weekend with a big air snowboarding event, one of three Olympic sports to be showcased as part of Team USA’s Winter Champions Series. The Winter Champions Series is set to be broadcasted live on NBC on Saturday, Dec. 17. This broadcast serves as the official kick off to the Road to PyeongChang.
The U.S. Grand Prix kicks off on Wednesday, Dec. 14 with qualifiers and continues through the weekend with snowboard halfpipe finals on Friday, Dec. 16 and freeski halfpipe and snowboard big air finals on Saturday, Dec. 17. Guests can check out all the action free of charge at the base of the Main Vein Superpipe or within Burning Stones Plaza, both located in Copper’s Center Village. The full event schedule is available here.
Burning Stones Plaza in Copper’s Center Village transforms into the U.S. Grand Prix Vendor Village on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Brands such as Paul Mitchell and USSA will be on site to interact with guests. Visitors are also encouraged to visit Copper’s Après Alley on Saturday, Dec. 17. Located next to Burning Stones Plaza, this outdoor space provides a variety of life-sized lawn games, fire pits and free live music.
Visit CopperColorado.com for lodging deals, event details and more. Stay connected with #coppermountain all season long on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and Snapchat. Follow all the action of the Copper U.S. Grand Prix at #CopperGP.
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About Copper Mountain
Located just 75 miles west of Denver, Colo. in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Copper Mountain Resort is an ideal vacation destination with a laid-back, inclusive feeling for all. Three pedestrian-friendly village areas provide a vibrant atmosphere with lodging, retail outlets, restaurants, bars and family activities. During the winter months, Copper’s naturally-divided terrain offers world-class skiing and riding for all ages and abilities. Each summer, the mountain transforms into an unspoiled playground for hikers, mountain bikers and all those seeking a genuine Colorado experience. Copper Mountain Resort boasts a jam-packed event calendar year-round and is home to Woodward Copper – an action sports training facility with progression-focused programming.