According to Skiing Magazine, Fenway Park in Boston, MA will be home to a U.S. Grand Prix Big Air competition on February 11th and 12th. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) influenced the Grand Prix tour to make a stop at the famous ballpark. 20 women and 40 mean have been invited to compete in the FIS sanctioned event for a $150,000 grand prize.
The U.S. Grand Prix is in its 20th season, making it the longest running season-long winter action sports tour. To celebrate the successful 20 years, they decided to hold an event at Fenway Park and invite Olympic hopefuls and big name Olympians such as Devin Logan, Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy, and Nick Goepper. The massive 140-foot ramp will be constructed with the help of terrain park masters Snow Park Technologies, the builders of every Winter X Games course. The ramp is 3 times the size of the famous Green Monster!
Athletes competing in the big air event will have to clear a 70-foot gap from take-off to landing, most likely reaching speeds upwards of 40 mph. In the first round, the 20 women and 40 men will each be allowed two qualifying runs, from which 10 men and 6 women will advance to the final round where they will be allowed three runs each. This event is especially significant for Logan and the female field as this season is only the second year women are competing on the World Cup big air tour.
The event will air on NBCSN and live streamed on the NBC Sports Live Extra platform on February 11th and 12th. This event is sure to be exciting, so check it out and watch these incredible athletes battle it out for a hefty prize!