Grand Prix: Why it matters
If halfpipe skiing is ever going to be an Olympic sport, this is the first step.
For snowboarders, it's the same old season opener. For skiers, though, this week marks the beginning of a new era in halfpipe. Today, elite halfpipe skiers from eight countries drop into Colorado's Copper Mountain halfpipe to compete in qualifying rounds of the first-ever Ski Halfpipe Grand Prix.
For years, the Grand Prix series, run by the US Ski and Snowboard Association, featured only snowboarding competition. Changes began this fall after the International Skiing Federation ...
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