Jeep King of Mountain Skiing and Snowboarding
The most prestigious professional skiing and snowboarding event, the Jeep King of the Mountain Series has the biggest prize money this season and will unfold at the country’s best ski vacation resorts. Prize purse of $450,000 includes an additional $20,000 in bonuses and a 2007 Jeep Patriot for the men’s and women’s skiing and snowboarding World Professional Champion.
Between them, the twenty-four competitors have fifteen Winter Olympics appearances, forty-nine World Cup titles, seventeen National Championships from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, New Zealand and the U.S., thirteen World Championships, seven Winter X Games and three Gravity Games gold medals as well as four Junior World Championships.
The Skiing & Snowboarding World Professional Championships were held on December 2 at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah. One of the greatest extreme athletes in history, Shaun Palmer will compete in both the snowboarding and skiing competitions. He has won five snowboard World Championships, Winter X Games and Gravity Games gold medals in skiing, super-cross designation in the sport of moto-cross, and a mountain biking World Championship.
The snowboarding events are likely to have stiff competition. The awesome list of participants for the Men’s Snowboarding event includes Maine’s, Seth Wescott, a World Champion and the first snowboard-cross gold medalist in Olympic history last spring in Torino. Others are defending World Professional Champion and 2006 Olympian Graham Watanabe of Park City, Nate Holland, a 2006 Winter Olympian from Squaw Valley who won the New Zealand National Championship.
International participants include Mario Fuchs of Austria, a 2006 Winter Olympian and Austrian National Champion and Canada’s Drew Neilson, a Winter Olympian with six World Cup titles, a Continental Cup Championship, a gold medal at the Gravity Games, and a slew of gold, silver and bronze medals from the Winter X Games
Women’s Snowboarding competitors include the gold, silver and bronze snowboard-cross medalists from the 2006 Winter Olympics. Switzerland’s Tanja Frieden, Lindsey Jacobellis from Vermont and Canada’s Dominique Maltais will compete against Julie Pomagalski of France, a Jeep King of the Mountain title winner last and Doresia Krings of Austria, 2006 Winter Olympian.