Park City in Utah, USA, is preparing for the penultimate 5-Star event of the snowaboarding world tour. The Swatch TTR 5-Star World Superpipe Championships will be taking place on March 8th with the world's best riders competing for 850 valuable TTR ranking points and a share of the hefty $90,000 prize purse.
The Park City Mountain Resort is pulling out all the stops, constructing one of the biggest and best pipes in the world. Shaped by their state-of-the-art Zaug Pipecutter, the 22-foot Superpipe is sure to host some highly progressive riding with 17 male and 10 female high-profile shredders aiming for the title and looking to earn as many points as possible as the tour approaches the final stretch.
Kevin Pearce and Shaun White will be in battle for the Halfpipe Title, as Pearce looks determined to extend his current hold on the tour lead and keep White at bay. White, with only two TTR results this season so far will be sure to lay it all on the line as it remains possible for him to still post six top results and defend his 06/07 TTR Tour Championship Title. Pearce and White fought to a climactic finish at the 6-Star Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland, with Pearce emerging victorious after his final run. Pearce will remain Swatch TTR World No.1 for the time being, with White able to sneak into the TTR Top 40. Park City will no doubt witness a display of incredible halfpipe prowess from these two top transition riders.
Peetu Piiroinen from Finland has been chalking up consistent podium results throughout the entire 07/08 TTR season and another podium finish here will keep him at TTR World No. 3. US rider Andy Finch, Halfpipe Title winner at the Swatch TTR 6-Star O'Neill Evolution, will also remain in his position of TTR World No. 4. Finnish Rider Janne Korpi will be looking for a place in the TTR Top 10 as Mason Aguirre (USA) and Markus Keller (SUI) attempt to reach the TTR Top 15.
Top female Halfpipe snowboarders Torah Bright (AUS), winner of the 06/07 TTR Tour Championship Title, and Kelly Clark (USA), Olympic Halfpipe Gold Medalist, will also be battling close in Park City for TTR World No.1. Clark will have to win the Swatch TTR 5-Star World Superpipe Championships with Bright placing 4th or lower in order for Clark to move up to TTR World No. 1. Ellery Hollingsworth (USA) will also be competing in Park City for a spot in the TTR Top 10.
With just a few more opportunities to earn TTR ranking points, the chase for the 07/08 Swatch TTR Tour Championship and chunk of the $250 000 end-of-season prize purse rages on. Check out the TTR website for breaking news from around the tour, including updated blogs and videos from the latest events.