It’s that time of year again. Following the first major US pipe event of the season at the Copper Grand Prix, the Dew Tour brings the first major slopestyle event to Breckenridge, Colorado, along with halfpipe and streetstyle. From December 11-14 some of the world’s best contest riders including Sage Kostenburg, Jamie Anderson, Danny Davis, Mark McMorris, and Kelly Clark will battle it out in their respective events.
Despite low snowfall in Breckenridge so far this season, resulting in a 27-inch base, SnowPark Technology has worked around the clock and has built a pristine 22-foot Superpipe, and giant slopestyle course on Breckenridge’s Peak 8.
The slopestyle course is larger this year than in the past and includes two rail sections at the start, then two jumps, sized at 55 feet and 60 feet respectively. These lead into a middle jib section with a jumbo wall ride, an up-to-down rail, and a rainbow box. The two course-ending money booters follow and are sized at 60 feet and 65 feet.
“The Dew Tour is different from other events because it’s so early in the season,” said slopestyle rider, Spencer O’Brien who won the first Dew Tour in 2009.
“It’s a bit of a test to see who is riding strong right out of the gate. I think it really sets up the riding for the rest of the season. Plus this year’s course is really awesome. It’s been crazy to be part of Dew since the beginning. I think that combining into one event [from 2008-2011 there were three winter events] was great as it makes the pressure higher and everyone tries harder to get on the podium. It’s cool to be one of three women to ever win a Dew Tour stop. I’m looking forward to seeing if anyone else can put there name on that list this year. I think the level of riding will be very high this week.” Spencer continued.
Women’s Slopestyle Finals will pop off on Friday afternoon from 3-4 p.m., while the Men’s Final will go down Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. and will broadcasted live on NBC.
Men’s and Women’s Superpipe Finals will take place on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. with the NBC broadcast starting at 11. Will we see a double-cork-off from the men’s side of things with riders spinning to win? Or will slower, more stylish flat spins stand out this season? The roster of men is a mix of superpipe veterans, including Louie Vito, former Dew Tour winner, Scotty Lago, 2010 Olympic bronze medalist, and Danny Davis, reigning X Games champ, and a younger contingency of riders including Ayumu Hirano, Kohei Kudo, and Kent Callister.
Will Kelly Clark come out swinging and try to re-do her 2010-2012 season in which she won an unprecedented 16 consecutive contests? Or will she be unseated by hungry up and comers like Arielle Gold, Chloe Kim, or Cai Xuetong?
Noticeably missing from the pipe roster is Iouri Podladitchkov, gold medalist in Sochi and Shaun White, two-time Olympic gold medalist. Kaitlyn Farrington and Torah Bright, who earned gold and silver at the Sochi Olympics are also not competing. With these riders absent, the possibilities to podium in superpipe are seemingly wide-open.
In addition the on-mountain activities, the Dew Tour will also feature a music night on Saturday evening, with the EDM DJ duo, The Chainsmokers, who are best known for their narcissistic track, #Selfie. Historically, the concert at the Dew Tour is followed by a night of grime-time dancing and overindulging at Breckenridge’s notorious club, Cecilias, which will most likely happen again.
Thursday, December 11
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. MT
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Semifinal
Friday, December 12
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. MT
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semifinal
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. MT
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
7:30 p.m. MT
Saturday, December 13
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. MT
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MT
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
8:00 p.m. MT
The Chainsmokers Concert (Riverwalk Center)
Sunday, December 14
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. MT
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final