Mammoth Mountain hosts the final 2017 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix tour event, which will also serve as the first 2018 U.S. Olympic team qualifier for both halfpipe and slopestyle. (USSA)
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (Jan. 29, 2017) – The 2017 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix tour concludes this week at one of the nation’s premier ski and snowboard resorts, Mammoth Mountain. The Grand Prix will serve as the first 2018 U.S. Olympic team qualifier for freeskiing slopestyle, freeskiing halfpipe and snowboarding slopestyle.
Recently recording the snowiest January on record, Mammoth Mountain is prepped and ready to host the world’s elite skiers and snowboarders. No stranger to top-level winter sports athletes, Mammoth has long served as a training ground for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's top athletes, providing a world-class halfpipe, slopestyle and big air training ground for America’s best snowboarders and skiers, as well as hosting Project Gold development camps that take place each May.
In addition to serving as the very first qualifier for the 2018 U.S. Olympic team, the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth will serve as a World Cup event, offering skiers and snowboarders valuable FIS points. Snowboarders will also earn points towards the World Snowboard Tour (WST) rankings, while skiers will earn points towards the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) Tour.
In the halfpipe, watch for competitive performances from recent X Games bronze medalists Chloe Kim (Torrance, CA) and Taylor Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Olympic ski gold medalists Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA) and David Wise (Reno, NV). It’s a stacked field in slopestyle, where 2016 snowboarding winner and local boy Brandon Davis (Big Bear, CA) and 2015 winner Hailey Langland (San Clemente, CA) will face off against a hungry field, while 2014 Olympic medalists Joss Christenson (Park City, UT) and Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) will vie for podiums for the American skiers.
The event will be broadcast on NBC, along with live streaming of the finals on nbcsports.com and on the NBC Sports app.
History: Mammoth Mountain has long been a training ground for the world’s most elite ski and snowboard athletes. The California resort also has a long history of hosting premier competitions, including the U.S. Grand Prix.
Olympians: A host of U.S. Olympians are scheduled to compete at the Mammoth stop of the Grand Prix, where they will begin their journey towards competing in another Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
General: This year’s tour events are slated at top resorts that support the progression of freeskiing and snowboarding.
Partnership: Toyota makes its debut as the title sponsor for the U.S. Grand Prix tour. Toyota, the world’s top automaker, is committed to advanced mobility, with a fleet of vehicles that support the snow and outdoor lifestyle of skiing and snowboarding.
Sanctioning: Athletes will earn valuable points for multiple lists: Snowboarders will earn FIS points as well as points on the WST Rankings list; skiers will earn FIS points as well as points on the AFP tour.