The Winter Dew Tour Heads To Snowbasin For The Final Stop Of The Season
The Winter Dew Tour brings the Toyota Championship to Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah February 10-13, 2011 to close out the 2010-11 season. For the first time, Snowbasin Resort will host the four-day Championship event, which is highlighted by the first-ever Last Chance Qualifier, a brand-new 22-foot superpipe, expanded women’s freeski competitions, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals and the honoring of Dew Cup champions.The top winter athletes from around the world will compete in freeskiing (slopestyle and superpipe) and snowboarding (slopestyle and superpipe). Snowbasin is the host resort for the second consecutive year on the Winter Dew Tour, closing out the season with the Toyota Championship for the first time.
Hip-Hop legend, Ice Cube, will perform a FREE concert on Friday, February 11th at 9pm at the 200 block of Ogden’s Historic 25th Street. Saturday features everything superpipe, showcasing the men and women’s freeski and snowboard finals on Snowbasin’s new 22-foot pipe. To close out the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour season, Sunday’s freeski and snowboard slopestyle finals promise to impress. The weekend will conclude with the Dew Cup award ceremony at The Scrapyard on Sunday night, where 2010-11 champions will be honored in freeski (slopestyle and superpipe) and snowboarding (slopestyle and superpipe).
Unique to the Toyota Championship, the Winter Dew Tour will hold the first Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) on Thursday, February 10th. An additional 100 athletes are invited to compete in this particular competition, based on their Open Qualifier rankings coming out of the Nike 6.0 Open held earlier this season at Breckenridge Ski Resort. The top 15 men and 7 women per Dew Cup discipline along with available wild card spots will advance to this event.
The men’s freeski superpipe competition proves to be the tightest race for the Dew Cup this season with Kevin Rolland and Simon Dumont each determined to take home their first Dew Cup. It’s a winner-takes-all scenario, if Rolland or Dumont tops the podium in Snowbasin, they secure themselves as Dew Cup champion for the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour season.
Bobby Brown has earned enough points to hold his spot at the top of the freeski slopestyle leader board, allowing him to win it all by placing eighth or higher at the Toyota Championship. However, if Switzerland’s Elias Ambuhl is able to take home a win at the Snowbasin finals and Brown finishes ninth or below, Ambul wins the Dew Cup.
Out in the pipe, Olympian Louie Vito has remained undefeated this season, only needing a sixth place finish or better to win his first-ever Dew Cup and the title of Toyota Athlete of the Year. But the excitement doesn’t end there. Defending Dew Cup Champion, JJ Thomas, is able to take home the title again this year if he tops the podium and Vito falls to seventh. Matt Ladley, currently seated third and only seven points behind Thomas, will fight until the end for the title, knowing it’s still anyone’s game.
Currently ranked first in women’s snowboard superpipe, Spain’s Queralt Castellet can take home the Dew Cup if she places second or better. However, fellow Olympians, Kelly Clark and Elena Hight will not make it easy for Castellet with each competitor putting it all on the line for the coveted Dew Cup.
Another snowboarder boasting a perfect Winter Dew Tour season is Norway’s Torstein Horgmo. Having won the first two stops on the Tour, Horgmo needs a fifth place finish or better to lock down the title of the men’s snowboard slopestyle Dew Cup champion. With two-hundred points to his name, Horgmo is also in contention to become the 2010-11 Toyota Athlete of the Year. Ranked a close second and only twenty-two points behind, newcomer Mark Mcmorris is able to take the Dew Cup back to Canada if he places first and Horgmo falls to sixth place or below.
Jamie Anderson, the women’s snowboard slopestyle defending Dew Cup champion, is looking to continue her winning streak at the Toyota Championship. As long as Anderson performs like she has all season, she will walk away with another Dew Cup title this year and maintain her domination on the slope course, securing her spot as female Toyota Athlete of the Year.
Through the support of Paul Mitchell, expanded women’s freeski competitions were held in both slopestyle and superpipe disciplines at the Nike 6.0 Open at Breckenridge Ski Resort, and will be held again to close out the season during the Toyota Championship at Snowbasin Resort. Women’s freeski athletes will compete in prelims and finals during the Championship event.
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the official amateur series of the Winter Dew Tour, will also hold its finals during the Toyota Championship event. Overall Champions from the Finals will earn a pre-qualified spot to compete against the pros on the first stop of the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour.