First snowboard competition of the season will feature Colorado's biggest Superpipe. Olympic medallists Ross Powers, Danny Kass, JJ Thomas and Kelly Clark scheduled to compete for more than $110,00 in prizes
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.—Dec. 4, 2002 (News Release)— Breckenridge kicks off the snowboard competition season when the Mountain Dew Pro Nationals take center stage at the award-winning Freeway Terrain Park, Dec. 12. — Dec. 15. The Mountain Dew Pro Nationals, the first in the vans triple crown of snowboarding series, features more than 100 athletes tackling the Supepipe, Slopestyle and Rail Jam during North America's first major snowboarding competition of the year. Olympic medallists Ross Powers, Danny Kass, Kelly Clark and Breckenridge's own J.J. Thomas will join the world's top riders including Breckenridge team riders Todd Richards and Chad Otterstrom to compete for more than $110,00 in prizes.
The competition will consist of three events — Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Rail Jam—all held in the freeway Terrain Park. In Slopestyle, riders make an untimed run loaded with jumps, hits and hand rails with the run judged on consistency and level of difficulty. In the Halfpipe event, riders utilize the walls of the superpipe to perform tricks judged on difficulty, execution and "amplitude. The Mountain Dew Rail Jam features riders each taking a stab at pulling off moves on specially built competition rails in a less formal setting.
The Mountain Dew Pro Nationals takes place at one of the top ranked parks and pipes in North America. In October, Transworld Snowboarding readers ranked Breckenridge the third overall snowboard destination in North America, placing it higher in the rankings than any other resort in Colorado. This year, Breckenridge continues to set the standard for snowboarding with new features and improvement to the park and pipe. The Mountain Dew Pro Nationals athletes will be the first to ride Breckenride's new Superpipe cut with the Zaugg Pipe Monster, creating a 400-ft. pipe with walls up to 18 feet, making it the largest in Colorado.
Phenomenal early season conditions, combined with one of the best snowmaking seasons in Breckenridge's history allowed the terrain park staff to build a top venue for the athletes. Open to competitors Thursday, Dec. 12 and to the public on Monday, Dec. 16, the Freeway Terrain Park is one of the first pipes and parks to open in the country.
For those who can't make it to Breckenridge, the Mountain Dew Pro Nationals airs on NBC Sports on Jan. 26, 2003 at 5 p.m. EST
Following the competition each day, the party continues in town on Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. and going late into the evening. On Friday, Dec. 13, Cecelia's hosts the Sessions Party featuring Hip-Hip DJs, product giveaways, drink specials and more. On Saturday, Dec. 14, DJ Radar will open for punk band Grace Like Gravity when the party moves to Sherpa and Yeti's with giveaways from Transworld Snowboading.
Breckenridge guests who want to check out the action on hill during the day and the entertainment in town at night should go to www.breckenridge.com or call (970) 453-5000 for more information on event times and locations as well as the latest in lodging and lift ticket deals.