Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix
The Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix was established in 1996 by U.S. Snowboarding, with the primary aim being to promote snowboarding as a sport. This is an annual competition which takes place over three events held at popular snow skiing resorts in the U.S.A., and is known to attract the best male and female snowboard riders worldwide.
The Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix is considered to be the most important snowboarding competition series in the U.S.A. and serves as the official qualifier for riders to be included in the U.S. Olympic Team for the halfpipe event. The Snowboarding Grand Prix was the first domestic competition to award equal prize money to female and male competitors. Currently the prize money totals $300,000 in addition to the overall winner driving off in a new Chevrolet truck at the season’s final competition. The competition enjoys the support of coverage by major television broadcaster NBC.
The Grand Prix is scheduled to run on 14 and 15 December 2007 at Breckenridge Resort, Colorado; 9 and 10 February 2008 at Tamarack Resort, Idaho and the final event on 15 and 16 March 2008 at Killington Resort, Vermont. This will be the seventh year the Breckenridge has played host to the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, with Tamarack being host for the second time and Killington being a new venue for the competition.
Due to the high demand for starting spots, the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix has been obliged to introduce a qualification process. Riders who compete on the Chevrolet Revolution Tour, a competition which bridges the gap for beginners to advance to elite snowboarding competitions, improve their chances of qualifying for the Grand Prix. Other national snowboarding events that assist riders to qualify for the Grand Prix include the U.S. Open, USASA Open Division Nationals and the Vans Cup.
Previous overall champions of the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix include Olympic gold medalists Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, Ross Powers and Shaun White, as well as Gretchen Bleiler, an Olympic silver medalist, reflecting the level of competition that participants are up against. As the sport of snowboarding continues to gain popularity and prominence, the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix serves as a well respected proving ground for young riders as they take hold of the opportunity to compete against seasoned professionals.
There is no doubt that excitement is running high in snowboarding circles, with fans and competitors alike looking forward in eager anticipation to the 2007/2008 Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix.