Winter Dew Tour, Breckenridge: Part 1

Greetings from Breckenridge, Colorado, where the second-annual Winter Dew Tour—a slopestyle and superpipe competition for skiers and snowboarders—is currently in mid-swing. We were there today to check out the preliminaries for ski superpipe, Colby West’s mustache, and the lack of women skiers.
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Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final Results1. Andreas Hatveit, Norway, 93.00.  2. Tom Wallisch, Pittsburgh, Pa., 92.38.  3. Sammy Carlson, Tigard, Ore., 91.13.  4. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 89.50.  5. Elias Ambuhl, Switzerland, 89.00.  6. Jf Houle, Canada, 84.00.  7. Philip Casabon, Canada, 81.50.  8. Sean Jordan, Scranton, Pa., 79.50.  9. Alexis Godbout, Canada, 74.00.  10. Oscar Harlaut, Sweden, 66.75.  11. Tj Schiller, Canada, 16.50.  12. Charles Gagnier, Canada, 12.00.

Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final Results
1. Andreas Hatveit, Norway, 93.00.  2. Tom Wallisch, Pittsburgh, Pa., 92.38.  3. Sammy Carlson, Tigard, Ore., 91.13.  4. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 89.50.  5. Elias Ambuhl, Switzerland, 89.00.  6. Jf Houle, Canada, 84.00.  7. Philip Casabon, Canada, 81.50.  8. Sean Jordan, Scranton, Pa., 79.50.  9. Alexis Godbout, Canada, 74.00.  10. Oscar Harlaut, Sweden, 66.75.  11. Tj Schiller, Canada, 16.50.  12. Charles Gagnier, Canada, 12.00.

The world’s best park-and-pipe skiers—including Simon Dumont, Colby West, Peter Olenick, Jossi Wells, Duncan Adams, and others—were out in full force today in Breckenridge, Colorado. Today was the preliminary round for men’s ski superpipe—22 athletes competed, and only the top 10 qualified for tomorrow’s final round. From 4 to 6 p.m., the guys took two laps in the massive pipe, launching 10-plus-feet off the lip and throwing the kind of tricks that you’d think only gymnasts on a trampoline could be capable of. Six judges graded on overall impression, including the difficulty and originality of the tricks, style, aggression, and use of the pipe. The top competitor from today was Mike Riddle, a 23-year-old from Alberta, Canada.

Although he didn’t place in the top 10, the style winner from today had to go to Colby West, who’s known for his entertaining musical impersonations in Matchstick Productions films. Today, he sported a half-shaved head and a slick mustache. See below for a video interview with Colby produced by Freeskier Magazine prior to the competition.

Female skiers aren’t competing in the Dew Tour’s Breckenridge stop, although they will be skiing pipe at the Snowbasin stop in January. Pro female snowboarder Spencer O’Brien is currently collecting names for a petition to ask for the inclusion of women skiers. “I’ve recently learned that they have made the decision to not include female skiers in the series (except one pipe event in Utah, no slope events at all),” wrote O’Brien in a mass e-mail. “This decision is really disheartening for me, not only as an woman but as an athlete. This last season was a huge step in the right direction with X Games finally including both pipe and slopestyle along with equal pay. You’d think with this kind of progression Dew Tour would follow suit, however, that's not the case.”

Tomorrow is the finals for men’s ski superpipe and in the words of Simon Dumont, who won this event last year and is pre-qualified for tomorrow’s event, “It’s going to be crazy.” Stay tuned for more updates.

Top 10 Competitors from Ski Superpipe Preliminary Round

1. Mike Riddle, 92.50
2. Xavier Bertoni, 90.00
3. Kevin Rolland, 88.75
4. David Wise 85.00
5. Josiah Wells, 81.75
6. Matt Margetts, 81.25
7. Thomas Krief, 79.75
8. Dan Marion , 73.75
9. Banks Gilberti, 70.25
10. Matt Duhamel, 69.00

The Dew Tour will be in Snowbasin, Utah, from January 15-17, and Mount Snow, Vermont on February 4-7. For more info, visit allisports.com/tours/winter-dew-tour.

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