November 21, 2005
Squaw Valley USA, CA - The Jeep King of the Mountain Series, now in its 13th season as one of professional snow sports most prestigious events, today announced Squaw Valley USA, as a host site for the 2005-2006 Professional Skiing & Snowboarding World Championships.
The Jeep King of the Mountain Series, which offers the richest cash purse in snow racing, will feature 32 of the world's top skiers and snowboarders competing head-to-head to capture the coveted title of World Professional Champion as well as a share of the record prize payout topping $450,000 plus $20,000 in additional bonuses from John Paul Mitchell Systems. Adding to the allure of the event, this year the keys to four new 2006 Jeep Commanders will be presented to the men's and women's ski and snowboard champions.
The event will begin with a National Open Qualifier on Saturday, Feb. 25, allowing top-notch amateur and professional ski and snowboard racers to earn a spot amongst the world's best for a shot at the title of World Professional Champion. National Open Qualifier registration information can be found at www.jeepsports.com. Then on Sunday, Feb. 26, we will host the grand finale of the Professional Skiing & Snowboarding World Championships.
A Jeep King of the Mountain spokesperson had this to say about Squaw Valley as the chosen site for the event, "Squaw Valley USA is one of the world's premier destination resorts, with year-round recreation and first class accommodations. The resort offers access to over 4,000 acres of skiable terrain. Spread over six peaks, and accessed by the most advanced lift system in the world, this world-class destination resort enjoys an annual snowfall of over 37 feet and an abundance of California sunshine nearly 300 days of the year. With its immense size, variety of terrain, abundance of activities, exciting events and Olympic heritage, Squaw Valley USA offers one unique experience after another for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
Running from December 2005 through February 2006, the Jeep King of the Mountain Series will schedule stops at some of the most spectacular outdoor havens in the U.S. and Canada, each offering world-class recreational facilities and breathtaking scenic backdrops. In addition to Squaw Valley, this year's race line-up includes:
Crested Butte Mountain Resort // Crested Butte, Colo.
Sunshine Village Resort // Sunshine Village, Canada
Sunday River Ski Resort // Sunday River, Maine
Squaw Valley Ski Resort // Squaw Valley, Calif.
A national audience will be able to view each Jeep King of the Mountain Series event on CBS Sports and through national syndication for a total of six hours of coverage between January and April 2006. In addition to broadcast coverage, skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts can now view the Jeep King of the Mountain Series online. Through a special partnership with Ski Press Magazine, the website www.skipresstv.com will allow race fans to follow their favorite ski and snowboard athletes during each of the 2005-2006 Professional Skiing & Snowboarding World Championship races. The site will also carry archived footage and highlights from some of the best races in the 13-year-old events' storied history.
"We are thrilled to bring the most prestigious event in professional snow sports to a resort with the substantial amenities and impressive reputation of Squaw Valley USA, said David Potovsky, Vice President of Events for Eclipse Television & Sports Marketing.