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January 04, 2014

The Road to Sochi Comes Back Through Breck, Jan. 8-12 for the 2014 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix

  • January 8-12 at Breckenridge Ski Resort
  • Second stop of the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Series
  • Spectator Schedule and Access Announced
Breckenridge, Colorado - January 4, 2014- On the heels of the holiday hustle and bustle, Breckenridge Ski Resortwill soon be feeling the Olympic spirit once again when the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix lands in Breck, Jan. 8-12, 2014. The second stop on the Grand Prix tour is among five events being used to qualify the 2014 Olympic Team for freeskiing and snowboarding.
 
Having recently played host to the opening qualifier at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships, Breck is perfectly prepared and landscaped for an unprecedented, second Olympic selection event this season in the resort’s famed Freeway Terrain Park.
 
“We are thrilled to have the road to Sochi come back through Breckenridge and support this important event in the US Olympic qualifying process,” said Breckenridge Ski Resort Marketing Director, Kieran Cain. “This is a huge testament to our staff who have built the best pipe and slopestyle venue in the world and we are incredibly honored.”
 
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix will feature most of the top international slopestyle and halfpipe athletes, including local Breckenridge and Vail Resorts Epic Team athletes Brett Esser, Zack Black, Bobby Brown, Keri Herman from the US, British freeskier James Woods and Australian Anna Segal. The event will be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Please check local listings for TV broadcast times
 
Only a handful of Olympic spots have been clinched so far, with more anticipated at Breckenridge in the third of five Olympic selection events. The final Olympic team nomination announcements will be just one week later.
 
This public event schedule is as follows:
 
Wednesday, January 8
Slopestyle Skiing Qualifiers 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Halfpipe Snowboarding Qualifiers 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 9
Slopestyle Snowboarding Qualifiers 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Halfpipe Skiing Qualifiers 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, January 10
Slopestyle Skiing Finals 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Slopestyle Snowboarding Finals 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11
Halfpipe Snowboarding Finals 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 12
Halfpipe Skiing Finals 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Spectator Access:
To access THE BASE OF SLOPESTYLE spectators can walk up to the finish cor­ral from the Peak 8 base area. Adhere to all directional signage and stay out of closed snowmobile lanes.

To access HALFPIPE OR UPPER SLOPESTYLE viewing, take Rip’s Ride and follow footpath while adhering to directional signage and staying out of closed snowmobile lanes.
 
Free foot passenger tickets are available from the ticket windows and from guest services staff. A foot passenger ticket is required. Visit www.breckenridge.com for updated information or any schedule changes.
 
Lodging
Some lodging is still available at www.breckenridge.comor by calling a Breckenridge reservation expert at (800) 536-1890.
 
Stay Connected
Visit Breckenridge.comfor terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest priced lift tickets guaranteed. Stay connected all season long and learn more about Breckenridge Ski Resort at www.facebook.com/Breckenridgewatch official resort videos at www.YouTube.com/Breckenridge, and follow @Breckenridgemtnon Instagram and Twitter

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About Breckenridge Ski Resort
With five huge peaks, 2,908 acres, four terrain parks, a 22ft Superpipe, 11 bowls, the highest chairlift in North America, family-friendly terrain and a world-class ski school, all situated above an authentic, hip mountain town with awe-inspiring views, there are good reasons why “Breck” is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere. And new for 2013 – Breck welcomes Peak 6, the biggest & most notable resort expansion of the last decade. Renowned for the welcoming spirit and friendly character of their locals, with over 200 restaurants, bars, and shops, and numerous year-round activities and events, Breck embodies more than just a destination, inspiring a way of life.  www.breckenridge.com.
 


 

Contact(s):
Kristen Petitt Stewart
phone: (970)453-3210

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
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