The Dew Tour today announced the first round of confirmed athletes for the iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado on December 13-16. The new Dew Tour will feature the worldís top freestyle skiers and snowboarders as they converge in Breckenridge to kick off the first major event of the winter action sports season. The only winter event of the bigger, better 2012 Dew Tour will feature more competitions, including ski and snowboard Big Air, as well as a Film Night and concert that will take over downtown Breckenridge.

Breckenridge, Colorado

The iON Mountain Championships will feature the top names in menís and womenís snowboarding hitting the Dew Tour Superpipe and Slopestyle course. Olympic gold medalist Shaun White will bring his one-of-a-kind tricks to the Superpipe, while Iouri Podladtchikov and fun-loving Frends Scotty Lago and Jack and Luke Mitrani attempt to keep him off of the podium. Last yearís Dew Cup winner, Louie Vito, will aim to gain his third consecutive Cup during the winner-takes-all weekend. Several snowboarders will be splitting their time between hitting features on the Slopestyle course and triple corking in the Dew Tourís debut Big Air contest. Mark McMorris, Sebastien Toutant, Torstein Horgmo and Breckenridge local Eric Willett are sure to be pushing the progression of snowboarding as Dew Tour kicks off the 2012-2013 winter season.

Competition will be close on the womenís side, as Superpipe dominator Kelly Clark attempts to defend her Dew Cup champion title. Gretchen Bleiler, Elena Hight and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Torah Bright will also look to get their seasons started at the top of the podium. Perennial Slopestyle contender Jamie Anderson will face off against Canadian Spencer OíBrien and a strong international field of up-and-coming women for the Slopestyle Dew Cup.

ďIím really excited to start the season competing at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge,Ē said Lago. ďThe riders get one shot at a Dew Cup for the year, and there will be a lot of heavy hitters, so everyone will be bringing our best to the event.Ē

2012 Men's Ski Superpipe Dew Cup Champion Kevin Rolland

Freestyle skiing events will see the athletes sizing each other up after an off-season spent training for one of the sportís biggest stages at the Dew Tour. Simon Dumont and Tanner Hall will meet in the Superpipe, hoping their experience is enough to overtake Kevin Rolland, the winner of last yearís Dew Cup. Breckenridge team skier Bobby Brown will attempt to use home slope advantage against Nick Goepper and previous Dew Cup champ Tom Wallisch on the Slopestyle course. The three will also be among those competing in Big Air.

2012 Men's Ski Slopestyle Dew Cup Champion Tom Wallisch

The pressure will also be on the women as they compete for Dew Cups in Superpipe and Slopestyle. Canadian Rosalind Groenewoud will aim for the top spot on the podium in Pipe, fending off Maddie Bowman, Brita Sigourney and Jen Hudak. Slopestyle could be anyoneís game, as Kaya Turski and locals Keri Herman and Emilia Wint lead the top names set to compete at Breckenridge.

2012 Women's Ski Slopestyle Dew Cup Champion Kaya Turski

The Dew Tourís new format for 2012 includes an expansion of events throughout the weekend, bringing the action sports and lifestyle festival to Breckenridge. The worldís best skiers and snowboarders will throw it down on the mountain while the lifts are running, with the spotlight swinging to the Riverwalk Center and downtown area in the evenings, featuring a Film Night recognizing the most influential and progressive films of the season. The iON Mountain Championships will also include a concert, set to be announced at a later date.

The daily schedule will be as follows...

Thursday, December 13th

Dew Tour Experience

Menís Freeski Superpipe Semi-Final

Womenís Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final

Menís Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final

Menís Freeski Big Air Final

Friday, December 14th

Dew Tour Experience

Womenís Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final

Womenís Freeski Superpipe Final

Womenís Snowboard Slopestyle Final

Menís Freeski Superpipe Final

Saturday, December 15th

Dew Tour Experience

Womenís Snowboard Superpipe Final

Womenís Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final

Menís Snowboard Superpipe Final

Menís Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final

Menís Snowboard Big Air Final

Sunday, December 16th

Dew Tour Experience

Womenís Freeski Slopestyle Final

Menís Freeski Slopestyle Final

Menís Snowboard Slopestyle Final

The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships will be showcased across 11 broadcast hours on NBC and NBC Sports Network and across an all-new digital platform with live streaming, plus exclusive behind the scenes and in-depth content on dewtour.com. The new broadcast platform will offer coverage from every day of the event and more live Dew Tour coverage on NBC and NBC Sports Network than any previous year.

The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships will be free to attend giving fans access to be a part of the best snowboarding and freestyle skiing competitions and check out the Dew Tour Experience with autograph signings, giveaways and more.

The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships will air live on NBC Sports Network on Thursday, December 13 at 7:30pm ET and Friday, December 14 at 4:00pm ET. Action will air live on NBC on Saturday, December 15 at 2:00pm ET, and on Sunday, December 16 at 1:00pm ET. Additional broadcasts on NBC Sports Network will be December 15 at 11:00pm ET and December 16 at 3:00pm ET, as well as December 22 at 11:00pm ET. For additional Dew Tour event information, visit www.DewTour.com and the Dew Tour Facebook page.