The Winter Dew Tour will kick off its fourth season this week in Breckenridge, Colorado on December 15-18. The weekend’s events will bring the top names in freeski superpipe and slopestyle to the mountain, while helping to celebrate Breckenridge’s 50th anniversary.
Freeskiing game-changer Simon Dumont has come up short in his goal of winning the superpipe Dew Cup, landing in 2nd place since the Winter Dew Tour’s inception. He comes to Breckenridge with visions of the elusive title in his future, competing against Justin Dorey, Kevin Rolland and young phenom Torin Yater-Wallace, who dominated in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour before moving up to the pro ranks in 2010.
2010-2011 Dew Cup Superpipe Champion Kevin Rolland. Photo by Rocky Maloney
Heating up the freeski slopestyle course will be the technical expertise of 2010-11 Dew Cup Champion and local competitor Bobby Brown. He’ll have to defend his title against Alex Schlopy, who ended last season on top of the podium, and constant threat Sammy Carlson.
2010-2011 Dew Cup Slopestyle Champion Bobby Brown. Photo by Rocky Maloney
Taking the action off the mountain, the Winter Dew Tour concert series will treat snowboarders, skiers and hip-hop fans alike to a performance by one of rap’s most buzzed about and unique up and comers as Yelawolf and opening act The Knux take the stage. These Shady Records acts will be the perfect complement to Friday’s 50th Anniversary celebration in the town, with 100 percent of the ticket proceeds going to SOS Outreach.
The pre-qualified athlete list for Nike Open in Breckenridge is as follows...
Men's Ski Superpipe
Men's Ski Slopestyle
Banks Gilberti, AJ Kemppainen, Justin Dorey, Russ Henshaw, Mike Riddle, Peter Olenick & Gus Kenworthy. Photo by Dan Brown
The full schedule of events for the Nike Open is as follows...
Thursday, Dec. 15th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00am
9:15 AM – 1:15 PM - Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifier
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM - Men’s Freeski Superpipe Qualifier
2:15 PM – 4:00 PM - Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifier
Friday, Dec. 16th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00am
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM - Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM - Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM - Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final
1:45 PM – 4:00 PM - Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final
Saturday, Dec. 17th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00am
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM - Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM - Men’s Freeski Superpipe Final
2:00 PM – 2:40 PM - Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM - Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM - Nike Chosen One Rail Jam / Yelawolf Concert at the River Walk
Sunday, Dec. 18th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00am
9:30 AM – 10:10 AM - Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM - Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM - Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final
*Schedule is subject to change. To stay up to date on the action, follow live updates via the Dew Tour on Twitter.
Photo by Rocky Maloney
Running through the entire weekend, the Festival Village offers something for everyone attending the Dew Tour. Visit the Pantech tent to test out the newest cell phones, play pool or air hockey at Paul Mitchell, and grab a ride all weekend in one of Toyota’s free shuttles.For additional Winter Dew Tour event information, visit http://www.Allisports.com. Visit the Dew Tour Facebook page and follow @thedewtour on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information on the latest Winter Dew Tour action.
The complete 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows...
Nike Open – December 15-18 at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado
Pantech Invitational – January 19-22 at Killington Resort in Killington, Vermont
Toyota Championships – February 9-12 at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah
Mike Riddle, Kevin Rolland, Justin Dorey & Xavier Bertoni. Photo by Jeff Schmuck
Entering its fourth year, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at season’s end to champions in each of the eight disciplines. The 2010-11 Dew Cup champions include Louie Vito (men’s snowboard superpipe), Kelly Clark (women’s snowboard superpipe), Torstein Horgmo (men’s snowboard slopestyle), Jamie Anderson (women’s snowboard slopestyle), Kevin Rolland (ski superpipe) and Bobby Brown (ski slopestyle).The Winter Dew Tour continues its commitment to progression in action sports, with premier superpipes and the highest level slopestyle courses.
And here's a preview of the slopestyle course, courtesy of Banks Gilberti. Filmed by Jacob Wester.