January 18, 2007
BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO - (Ski Tour/Mountain Sports International Release) - Breckenridge, CO, is only the second resort to host the inaugural season of The Honda Ski Tour (THST). THST is North America's new elite, four-stop mountain festival and skiing competition that features the world's best halfpipe and ski cross skiers competing for a total of $500,000 over four stops, the largest purse in the sport. Other tour stops are Aspen/Snowmass, CO, and Squaw Valley USA, CA, and past tour stop Sun Valley, ID.
The BaseCamp Music Experience (BCME) at Breckenridge will feature over 10 big-name musical acts alongside the multi-day alpine festival including street parties and countless parties. THST's Breckenridge stop will be nationally televised (in a one-hour show) on ABC network television on Saturday, February 10, 2pm EST / 1pm CT / 12pm MST / 4pm PST.
The first THST stop in Sun Valley, ID, January 11-15 drew numbers in the thousands with over 4,200 watching The Wailers at the THST opening ceremonies, 4,800 attending ski cross, 3,500 attending skier halfpipe. Over 2,600 came out to catch BCME headliner Hinder and over 2,000 each night attended bar parties throughout the town of Ketchum.
Confirmed athletes for THST Breckenridge skier halfpipe competition include X Games gold medalist and winner of THST halfpipe in Sun Valley, Simon Dumont, who took home $25,000 for his winning run. Also in attendance will be second place finisher Mike Riddle, third place finisher Jossi Wells as well as Peter Olenick, the only athlete to ever successfully execute a double back in competition.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently approved the addition of ski cross for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the national governing body for Olympic skiing, is officially calendaring THST 2007 as a sanctioned USSA ski cross event.
Athletes confirmed for THST Breckenridge ski cross include THST Sun Valley ski cross winner and Olympian, Casey Puckett, third place finisher Lars Lewen, fourth place winner and U.S. Ski Team legend Daron Rahlves. X Games gold medalists Zach Crist, Enak Gavaggio, and ski cross World Champion Tomas Kraus will also be fighting for the $25,000 winner's check.
"Breckenridge has a long history of being among the first to host cutting edge events that bring new sports and disciplines into the spotlight," said Lucy Kay, vice-president of marketing for Breckenridge Ski Resort. "We are very excited about our partnership with The Honda Ski Tour and our mutual commitment to excellence in producing this event. Given the talent of these Ski Tour athletes, we anticipate that we will be watching them in the next Olympic Games."
The nightlife at the Breckenridge stop of The Honda Ski Tour will rival the on-slope action with BCME headliners such as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Swollen Members, Blackalicious, The Wailers w/ DJ Logic, Kamphire Collective, Elan with DJ Siren C, Don Carlos, Jillian Ann, Wisdom and more.
Showcasing the year's best action sports segments from the biggest producers in the game, the Limelight Film Festival highlights from THST Sun Valley, ID, stop will be aired throughout the Breckenridge THST on the Jumbotron at the base of the competitions and in the town's bars and restaurants. The Limelight Film Festival covers the entire spectrum of action-adventure filmmaking from the biggest producers in the game, with segments by Teton Gravity Research, Warren Miller, Jason Moriarty, Kent Kreitler, Jamie Mossberg, Standard Films and Lindgren Productions.
Highlights from the five world-class photographers who showcased the best work of their careers at the Sun Valley Pro Photo Shootout will also be featured throughout the Breckenridge THST. Scott Markewitz, Tony Harrington, Charlie Munsey, Corey Rich, and Gene Dwarkin will showcase epic images from across the globe, including skiing, surfing, kayaking, cclimbing and more.
THST was founded by Kipp Nelson and Steve Brown, former University of Colorado alpine racers. Nelson, a trustee of the U.S. Ski Team as well as the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, is putting the fun back in to ski competition by combining two very separate aspects of the sport, halfpipe and ski cross into one event.
For the schedule, general information, and BaseCamp Music Experience ticket information, go to The Honda Ski Tour website www.theskitour.com. Check out The Honda Ski Tour myspace page at www.myspace.com/theskitour.