The medals handed out at this week’s Toyota U.S. Grand Prix were designed by Ridgway artist Lisa Issenberg, who designed the medals for last year’s FIS World Cup Finals in Aspen and other events. For the Grand Prix, Issenberg said she used a mix of handcrafted and industrial techniques and no two medals are the same. In celebration of Snowmass’s 50th anniversary season, Issenberg incorporated the “Snowmass 50” logo as the bib.
The 2018 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Snowmass is much more than a competition. It’s a chance for skiers and snowboarders to achieve a dream many have probably had since they were children.
Making the Olympics is often seen as the pinnacle of the sport, and for the Americans, to get to next month’s Winter Games in South Korea they must first go through Snowmass.
This week’s contests mark the second to last of the Olympic qualifiers, with a trip to Mammoth in California next week being the finale.
In Snowmass, men and women will take to the mountain in halfpipe and slopestyle contests for skiing and snowboarding. The biggest names in winter sports are here, such as Shaun White, Danny Davis, Chloe Kim, Jamie Anderson, Torin Yater-Wallace, David Wise, Gus Kenworthy, Maddie Bowman and more.