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The Road to Sochi runs through Breckenridge

The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix continues at Breckenridge Ski Resort, starting tomorrow.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix continues at Breckenridge Ski Resort, starting tomorrow.Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge Ski Resort will host the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Jan. 8-12, aka tomorrow through Sunday. 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, Breckenridge reports that it is prepared and landscaped for a second Olympic selection event this season in the resort’s Freeway Terrain Park.

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, and Keri Herman from the U.S., British freeskier James Woods and Australian Anna Segal. The event will be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Be sure to check your local listings for TV broadcast times if you’re not able to make it.

“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.”

Here’s the public event schedule…

Wednesday, January 8
Slopestyle Skiing Qualifiers, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Halfpipe Snowboarding Qualifiers, 9:30 a.m. to 3 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 p.m.

Friday, January 10
Slopestyle Skiing Finals, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Slopestyle Snowboarding Finals, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 11
Halfpipe Snowboarding Finals, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 12
Halfpipe Skiing Finals, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Spectator Access
To access the base of Slopestyle, you 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. Go to www.breckenridge.com for updated information or any schedule changes.

Some lodging is still available at www.breckenridge.com or by calling a Breckenridge reservation expert at 800-536-1890.