Boston Big Air – Pre-game intros with Michael Jaquet, Sage Kotsenburg, Ty Walker and Joss Christensen as the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and Fenway Sports Management announce Big Air at Fenway to take place Feb. 11-12 in the iconic Major League ballpark in Boston.
Boston Big Air officially announced as part of the FIS Freestyle World Cup tour
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), along with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Fenway Sports Management (FSM), announced that Fenway Park will host a big air snowboarding and freeskiing U.S. Grand Prix tour event on February 11-12, 2016. The Big Air at Fenway will feature a 140-foot snow ramp, more than three times the height of Fenway’s Green Monster. Athletes from around the world, including Olympic and World Champions, will compete for a grand prize purse of $150,000.
“Big Air at Fenway will be one of the largest events in the 20-year history of the U.S. Grand Prix,” said USSA Chief Marketing Officer Michael Jaquet. “It will draw some of the most talented athletes in big air, including a brilliant group of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. It will be a great show for spectators at Fenway Park and watching at home.”
As a U.S. Grand Prix and part of the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) World Cup tour, Big Air at Fenway will bring in many of the top big air competitors including Olympic slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Christensen.
“We’re really hoping that this will be a great show and a good example of what people are in to,” said Christensen. “These kind of events are awesome. We’ve done a bunch of them in Europe and it’s really cool to have more of a show here in the U.S. so we can show our fans what we’re doing and they can see it live. We’re looking forward to it, and we hope Boston gets as much snow as they did last year.”
Big Air at Fenway will air live on NBCSN, with men’s and women’s snowboarding events on Thursday, February 11, and men’s and women’s freeskiing events on Friday, February 12, with next day best of big air highlights Saturday, February 13 on NBC. As a FIS World Cup, the event will be seen by tens of millions worldwide through global broadcast distribution.
20 women and 40 men will be invited to compete based off of the world points lists. Each competitor will be given two qualifying runs to make finals. The top 10 men and six women will advance to finals, where they will each get three runs.
Freeskiing and snowboarding superstars from around the world will descend upon Fenway for this marquee event, including freeskiing Olympic and X Games medalists Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy, Nick Goepper and Devin Logan.
The U.S. Grand Prix has partnered with Snow Park Technologies (SPT), leaders in terrain park design and building, to create the14-foot high jump that both skiers and snowboarders will be competing on. Riders will have to clear a 70-foot gap from take off to landing.