Wednesday, October 11, 2006

"Ski Tour" to Stop in Breckenridge

The inaugural "Ski Tour" will make a stop in Breckenridge next February.

The competitions include: A no- holds- barred skiercross race featuring some of the world’s best downhill demons, almost all with World Cup alpine backgrounds; and a superpipe competition with a field just as stout as the tour’s racing arm, showcasing talents like Tanner Hall and Simon Dumont and CR Johnson, among many, many more.

There is the entertainment: A promised national headliner band to play at each of the tour’s four stops, as well as more lavish parties than most ski towns see in a season. There is the TV: Network, that is — ABC in a prime after­noon slot for each of the four stops on tour. And there is the prize money: Big, lump sums, $ 125,000 per stop and $25,000 per victory.

When the organizers of this series sat down to plan their attack, it’s obvious they were not interest­ed in anything less than a festival. The Ski Tour is the brainchild of a pair of former college alpine racers- turned businessmen from Sun Valley, and is set to introduce a new kind of compe­tition to America’s skiing nation this winter.

Breckenridge is among four venues slated to host one of the stops; the Tour is scheduled to visit the resort on Feb. 1- 4, making it the second stop in the men’s-only series.

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