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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Nissan Aspen/Snowmass Open, February 8-11

The second annual Nissan Aspen/Snowmass Open presented by Esurance starts on Thursday 8th February and runs until 11th February at Aspen Snowmass, Colorado. The competition gives up and coming athletes the chance to compete on the renowned ESPN Winter X Games slopeside and superpipe courses at Buttermilk.

Over 300 male and female snowboarders and skiers from 5 countries will compete battling it out for the $28,000 in prize money. Some of the athletes competing in the Aspen/Snowmass Open include skiers Matthew Phillipi, Brent Abrams and John Spriggs, while Aidan Payson, Sammy Leubke and Jordie Karlinski will compete in the snowboarding events.

The top ski finishers in the slopestyle and superpipe divisions will automatically qualify for the 2008 U.S Freeskiing Open.

"This event received incredible hype and response in its inaugural year in 2006 and has set a standard for open competitions," said John Rigney, Managing Director Event Marketing, Aspen Skiing Company. "There is no other event out there that combines snowboarding and skiing in an open registration format on this scale and to be able to offer these great athletes the opportunity to compete on the X course is really exciting for us."

The event schedule is as follows....

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Ski & Snowboard Slopestyle 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Ski & Snowboard Superpipe 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Snowboard Slopestyle 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Ski Superpipe 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Snowboard Superpipe 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Ski Slopestyle 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Thursday, February 8, 2007
Ski Slopestyle - men's qualifying 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Snowboard Superpipe - men's qualifying 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Friday, February 9, 2007
Ski Superpipe - men's qualifying 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Snowboard Slopestyle - men's qualifying 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Snowboard Superpipe - men's semi-finals 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Snowboard Superpipe – women's semi finals 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Snowboard Superpipe - women's and men's finals 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Ski Slopestyle - men's semi-finals 9:30 am – 11:30 pm
Ski Slopestyle – women's semi-finals 11:45 pm – 1:00 pm
Ski Slopestyle - women's and men's finals 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Awards Ceremony – immediately following competition 3:30 pm

Sunday, February 11, 2007
Ski Superpipe - men's semi-finals 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Ski Superpipe – women's semi finals 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Ski Superpipe - women's and men's finals 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Snowboard Slopestyle - men's semi-finals 9:30 am – 11:30 pm
Snowboard Slopestyle – women's semi-finals 11:45 pm – 1:00 pm
Snowboard Slopestyle - women's and men's finals 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Awards Ceremony – immediately following competition 3:30 pm

stay tuned for results....

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