Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, an Olympic Qualification Event, Returns to Copper Mountain Dec. 16 – 22

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. -- December 16, 2013 -- The world’s best Olympic hopeful freeskiers and snowboarders from across from 35 nations are set to battle it out at Copper Mountain at the 2014 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Dec. 16 – 22. Freeskiing and snowboarding athletes compete in both halfpipe and slopestyle events in this Olympic qualification event. Points earned at Copper Mountain qualify athletes for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) selection process and determine eligibility to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Winter Olympic debuting disciplines featured at Copper Mountain include slopestyle skiing, halfpipe skiing and slopestyle snowboarding disciplines. NBC Sports Group will feature coverage of the freeskiing slopestyle and snowboard halfpipe events on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. Continued coverage, including snowboarding slopestyle, will air on NBCSN on Friday, Dec. 27.

Top U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding athletes including two-time Olympic snowboard gold medalist Shaun White (2006, 2010), Olympic snowboard halfpipe gold medalist Kelly Clark and others such as Louie Vito, Danny Davis, Bobby Brown, Keri Herman, and Tom Wallisch, are all expected to compete on the 22 ft. Main Vein Olympic-sized Superpipe and the World Cup Slopestyle course in Woodward at Copper’s Central Park terrain park.

The competition kicks off on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 8:30 a.m., with freeski slopestyle and snowboard halfpipe qualifiers and continues through the weekend with finals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 – 22. Guests can conveniently catch the action in the Main Vein Superpipe, which is walking distance from Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village, or access the competition on skis or snowboard via the Main Vein trail. The best slopestyle vantage point is the Central Park spectator viewing area, located to the skiers right of the slopestyle course, accessible for skiing or riding guests only via Loverly trail off of the Union Peak Quad chairlift. Slopestyle viewing will be completed with food and beverage service during finals, Saturday 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Full event schedule is available here.

Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village transforms into the Grand Prix Vendor Village on Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with sponsor tents featuring Paul Mitchell, The North Face, GoPro, Zeal Optics and many others handing out free samples to guests.

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