November 8, 2005
VAIL. Colo. — Professional snow racing's most prestigious event, the Jeep® King of the Mountain Series, today announced plans 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 purse topping $450,000 (U.S.), $20,000 (U.S.) in bonuses from John Paul Mitchell Systems and the keys to a new 2006 Jeep Commander.
The 2005-2006 season will feature stops at some of the most spectacular resorts in the world, each providing for a unique and majestic backdrop, world-class recreational facilities and a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Six races will be held over the four different event weekends between December 2005 and March 2006, including two pure ski events, two pure snowboard events, and two unique events that combine both skiing and snowboarding, making the Jeep King of the Mountain Series the first integrated racing program in North America.
A national audience will be able to view the four-event Jeep King of the Mountain Series on nationally syndicated television and CBS Sports for a total of six hours of coverage between January and April 2006.
While race sites and athletes, as well as additional details about the Series, will be announced in the coming weeks, highlights of the 2005-2006 Professional Skiing & Snowboarding World Championships include:
The Jeep King of the Mountain Series will continue to incorporate the highly popular National Open Qualifier system at each event, allowing top-notch amateur and professional ski and snowboard racers to earn a spot against the world's best for a shot at the title of World Professional Champion. In addition to battling one another, the athletes will be taking on a daredevil racecourse known simply as The Y, which delivers high-speed excitement in a format that combines the technical skill of Parallel Giant Slalom with the cutting edge drama of skiercross and boardercross.