Head to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area from January 17–21 to see top athletes go head-to-head at the U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix. The spectator-friendly halfpipe and slopestyle competition carries extra weight this year: It serves as the final qualifying event for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea—and the Olympic freeski and snowboarding teams will even be named here.
“The US Grand Prix at Mammoth is culmination of all the training and hard work of our athletes”, says Mammoth Mountain’s Lauren Burke. “As the last stop on their road to PyeongChang 2018, we couldn’t be more excited to watch Olympic dreams come true for a number of our Team Athletes and the rest of Team USA right here in Mammoth.”
Spectators can get an up-close view of the shredding from multiple vantage points around the competition, which will take place in the Unbound Terrain Parks’ Main Park and 22-foot Halfpipe. If you want to ski or snowboard during the event, cheer from the resort’s popular Broadway run, adjacent to the course. You can also view tricks from the base of the Super Duper Pipe (there will be snow stairs), or head to the Main Lodge sundeck, where you can watch the action with a hot chocolate or beer in hand.
Expect to spot Mammoth Team athletes and Olympic hopefuls Chloe Kim, Shaun White, Kelly Clark, Maddie Mastro, Judd Henkes, Brock Crouch and Carly Margulies. “The 2018 US Grand Prix feels extra special this year,” says Burke. “It will be an amazing combination of elite level freeskiing and snowboarding combined with true Olympic spirit.”
Outside of the competition, the event will also bring big-name sponsors to the vendor village—in front of the Main Lodge between Broadway Express and Unbound Express—from January 19–21. Expect swag giveaways, athlete signings, and a party on Jan. 20 with live music. For real-time action shots from the event, follow Mammoth’s social posts on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
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