Olympic snowboarding hopefuls will descend on [R227R, Mammoth] Jan. 4-10 for the 2010 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. The event, the second of the three-stop tour, will determine those representing the U.S. in halfpipe at Cypress Mountain, B.C for the Olympic Games.

Mammoth is the only resort in North America to offer three different-sized halfpipes. Two of its pipes are superpipes, one with 18-foot walls and the other with 22-foot walls; a third mini-pipe caters to those just learning to ride the walls. Mammoth's new 22-foot-high and 500-foot-long superpipe that debuted last February is the venue for the Grand Prix halfpipe competition.

Mammoth's Grand Prix halfpipe competitions are events two and three on the tour-running with full fields. The results of the Mammoth competitions will whittle the fields down to the top 16 competitors for men and the top eight women eligible to compete in Park City Mountain Resort. The U.S. Snowboarding Team to compete at the 2010 Olympics will be named Jan. 24, following the Park City stop on the tour.

Spectators can expect to see some of the most talented snowboarders in the world on the tour, including defending Olympic halfpipe gold medalists Shawn White and Hannah Teter. The stakes amp up for Teter who dropped out of the first tour stop event due to a shoulder injury sustained in training. Those duking it out for a spot on the 2010 Olympic halfpipe team can be seen Jan. 6, 8, and 9.

Mammoth will also hold the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Slopestyle events Jan. 7 and 10. Those unable to catch the Grand Prix events in person can catch them on NBC. Highlights from the Grand Prix will be televised Sunday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. EST.

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