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Ski Tour hits Breck this weekend

Summit Daily staffAspen, CO Colorado

The excitement of skiercross, pictured here during last weekends Winter X Games in Aspen, will arrive at Breckenridge this weekend for the second stop on the inaugural Ski Tour circuit. (Mark Fox/Summit Daily)

BRECKENRIDGE Boasting winners prize purses greater than even the Winter X Games, the inaugural Honda Ski Tour will make its second of four stops in the series this weekend at Breckenridge.The Ski Tour is North Americas new elite, four-stop mountain festival and skiing competition that features some of the worlds best halfpipe and skiercross athletes competing for a total of $500,000 over four stops, the largest purse in the sport. The circuit kicked off at Sun Valley, Idaho, earlier this month, where Aspen’s Casey Puckett claimed victory; he also won the event in the Winter X Games competition.The list of confirmed athletes for both the skiercross and superpipe competitions include many of the same guys who lit up the Buttermilk venues during last weekends Winter X Games 11 in Aspen.Making the skiercross event more interesting is the fact that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently approved the addition of skiercross for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the national governing body for Olympic skiing, is also calendaring the Ski Tour as a sanctioned USSA skiercross series.The winners of both the skiercross and pipe competitions take home $25,000.Breckenridge has a long history of being among the first to host cutting edge events that bring new sports and disciplines into the spotlight, said Lucy Kay, vice-president of marketing for Breckenridge Ski Resort. We are very excited about our partnership with The Honda Ski Tour and our mutual commitment to excellence in producing this event. Given the talent of these Ski Tour athletes, we anticipate that we will be watching them in the next Olympic Games. The Ski Tour was founded by Kipp Nelson and Steve Brown, former University of Colorado alpine racers. Nelson, a trustee of the U.S. Ski Team as well as the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, is hoping to put the fun back in to ski competition by combining two very separate aspects of the sport into one event.The Breck stop on the Ski Tour is scheduled to air on ABC Saturday, Feb. 10, at noon MST.COMPETITION SCHEDULEFriday, Feb. 2Peak 911:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Skiercross Time TrialsPeak 811 a.m. to 1 p.m. Halfpipe Practice1:15-2 p.m. Halfpipe Heat 12:45-3:30 p.m. HalfpipeHeat 25:457 p.m. Night Pipe: Halfpipe Finals7:15 p.m. Awards CeremonySaturday, Feb. 3Peak 912:15-12:30 p.m. Skiercross fore-runners12:30-12:45 p.m. Paul Mitchell Dark Horse Heats1-2:15 p.m. Skiercross Heats & Finals2:15 p.m. Awards

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