Anticipation is thick in the air for the final stop of the Winter Dew Tour as it gears up to go off at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. World class athletes are arriving in Ogden and are ready to compete for their chance at Dew Tour glory.
The stakes are high and the competition will be fierce as the shredders will be laying it all on the line for their chance at the coveted Dew Cup.
On the ski pipe side of things, Simon Dumont will be the one to watch as he's determined to win his first ever Dew Cup.
Dumont won the Breckenridge stop of the tour and placed third in Killington, making him motivated to stand atop the podium. Dumont normally dominates the sport and after placing third at the Winter X Games, he's driven to do anything for the top spot. The rest of the field is primed and ready for the contest, so it's bound to be a fight for first.
In snowboarding, Louie Vito is undefeated in this tour and looks to continue his ways by claiming another superpipe win, which would ensure him the Dew Cup. If Vito can put down his signature run of three double corks and two 1080s, then it'll be hard for the rest of the men to top him.
For the ladies, Kelly Clark comes to the contest on winning streak that includes the Winter X Games and the recent Canadian Open. Clark stomped the first ever 1080 in a women's pipe contest, so having that in her back pocket guarantees she'll dominate during Dew.
In slopestyle, Torstein Horgmo is undefeated in this tour and will be doing everything in his power to keep it that way. Seventeen year old Mark McMorris is coming into the event off an epic win at the Billabong Air and Style in Innsbruck and will be giving Horgmo and the rest of the dudes a run for their money.
Jamie Anderson is on a tear this season and hopes to win the Dew Cup for the second year in a row. Her odds are looking really good considering she's stood on the podium for every slopestyle event she's entered this year.
While some riders are poised to do better than others, anything can happen at the Winter Dew Tour Championships- it's a snow show that's not to be missed.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, February 10th - Festival Village - 9:30AM - 4:00PM
10:00AM - 11:30AM SKI SS Men Last Chance Qualifier
10:30AM - 11:10AM SNB SP Women Last Chance Qualifier
11:30AM - 12:30PM SNB SP Men Last Chance Qualifier
1:30PM - 2:15PM SNB SS Women Last Chance Qualifier
2:30PM - 4:00PM SNB SS Men Last Chance Qualifier
3:00PM - 4:00PM SKI SP Men Last Chance Qualifier
Friday, February 11th - Festival Village - 9:30AM - 4:00PM
9:15AM - 10:45AM SKI SS Women Prelims
9:30AM - 10:30AM SNB SP Women Prelims
10:45AM - 12:45PM SKI SS Men Prelims
10:50AM - 12:30PM SNB SP Men Prelims
2:00PM - 3:00PM SNB SS Women Prelims
3:00PM - 5:00PM SNB SS Men Prelims
5:00PM - 6:00PM SKI SP Women Prelims
6:20PM - 8:00PM SKI SP Men Prelims
9:00PM - 11:00PM FREE Ice Cube Concert in Downtown Ogden
Saturday, February 12th - Festival Village - 9:30AM - 4:00PM
10:20AM - 11;20AM Gatorade Free Flow Tour SNB SS Women Final
11:30AM - 12:10PM SKI SP Women Final
12:30PM - 1:30PM SKI SP Men Final
1:30PM - 2:30PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour SNB SS Men Final
3:00PM - 4:00PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour SKI SS Final
4:00PM - 4:40PM SNB SP Women Final
5:00PM - 6:00PM SNB SP Men Final
Sunday, February 13th - Festival Village - 9:30AM - 4:00PM
9:00AM - 9:30AM SKI SS Women Final
9:45AM - 10:30AM SKI SS Men Final
12:40PM - 1:15PM SNB SS Women Final
1:30PM - 2:30PM SNB SS Men Final
3:00PM - 4:00PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour SKI SP Final
4:00PM - 5:30PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour SNB SP Women Final
6:00PM - 7:00PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour SNB SP Men Final
8:00PM - 9:00PM Awards Ceremony
Holy Aspen. The locals can sleep now - the party has left. Last night, the entire cluster of industry folk showed up to Belly Up to cap off the crazy week that is Winter X Games. Louie Vito hosted the weekend ender party featuring the talent of Yelawolfand Z-Trip, bringing in the masses to dance their faces off and let loose after a hectic weekend. The fact that Louie claimed his first medal at Winter X Games didn't hurt the vibe at the party either.
The infamous Tiny Dancer scored the bronze medal with his flawless double cork 10's following Scotty Lago who pulled out a stylish and effortless run to land the silver medal, and, who else but...Shaun White with the gold (apparently being dubbed Whitemare these days), who scored a massive 97.33 with his massive hits and the ability to stomp every trick in his bag.
The party was raging until all hours - Z-Trip was killing it on the stage, mixing beats up with oldies, newbies, and classics and the crowd was loving it. The Frends Crew pretty much took over the dance floor but no one seemed to really mind. Well, at least until the beer showers began. Scotty Lago made a brief appearance, stocked with his bling of a grill, before he headed back home. Kevin Pearce, Hana Beaman, Greg Bretz, and Elena Hight were also among the crowd taking over Belly Up. It was obvious that everyone was pumped with the event, relieved that the madness was over, delirious due to lack of sleep and a little bit loco thanks to the high altitude.
Louie was showing off his newfound dances moves on the stage the entire night while Yelawolf and Z-Trip continuously gave him props for his medal-worthy halfpipe performance and thanked him for bringing them out to Aspen to perform. The Winter X superpipe finals clearly got everyone riled up and in an awesome mood. As the dance parties began to simmer and Z Trip closed the house down with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", the majority of the party hopped onto shuttles to keep the party going at the Target house (mansion). But, what happens after 2 a.m. stays on the down low - no one really wants to know those details, do they?
That's a wrap - congratulations to all the winners and thanks to Aspen for putting up with everyone else that showed up.
The superpipe at the Killington stop of the Winter Dew Tour was filled with top pros and hungry competitors all eager for a win. Check out the highlights from the superpipe finals, and see how Louie Vito and Kelly Clark soared to victory.
GrindTV Newswire: Killington, Vt. - January 22, 2011 - Louie Vito, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, won his second straight snowboard superpipe Winter Dew Tour final, further securing his lead in overall rankings heading into the final stop of the 2010-11 season and putting him as one of the leading contenders for Toyota Athlete of the Year. On the women's side, Vermont's own Kelly Clark of West Dover secured her first snowboard superpipe win of the 2010-11 season in her hometown state. The best snowboarders in the world battled it out on Killington Resort's brand-new 22-foot superpipe, which debuted at the Winter Dew Tour event.
Vito, age 22, was at the top of the leader board heading into his second run, but that didn't stop him from going all out. After throwing out tricks that included back to back double corks, a frontside 10 and a frontside tailgrab, Vito earned the top score of 93.00 on his victory lap. Breckenridge, Colorado's JJ Thomas, 29, placed second with an 88.00 and 23-year-old Mason Aguirre of Duluth, Minn. finished third with an 86.50.
"I feel great about landing a solid run out here. The pipe was good and everyone rode really well overall," said Vito. "I feel good heading into Snowbasin next month, and hopefully I can just stay on my feet."
Clark, 27, earned the highest women's snowboard superpipe score in Winter Dew Tour history with a 95.75. Showing huge amplitude throughout, Clark's run included a front 9, back 5, front 7, cab 7 and front 5. Following behind in second place was Aspen, Colorado's Gretchen Bleiler, 27, who earned a score of 92.25. Span's Queralt Castellet, 21, rounded out the podium in third with an 86.00. Castellet's finish is still enough to keep her in the lead in overall Winter Dew Tour rankings heading into the Championship event.
"It was a great event today, and I'm glad to be back home in Vermont and to do so well," said Clark. "I was really happy with my riding and to get the highest score in women's halfpipe in Winter Dew Tour history is amazing."
The four-day competition is the second of three stops on the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour featuring men and women's snowboarding and freeskiing disciplines. The Winter Dew Tour will continue tonight with the men's freeski superpipe final under the lights and conclude tomorrow with the snowboard and freeski slopestyle finals.
Winter Dew Tour at Killington
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Killington, Vt. - Killington Resort
Men's Snowboard Superpipe - Finals
1. Louie Vito, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 93.00. 2. JJ Thomas, Breckenridge, Colo., 88.00., 3. Mason Aguirre, Duluth, Minn., 86.50. 4. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, Colo., 83.50. 5. Spencer Shaw, Stratton, Vt., 83.00. 6. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 82.00. 7. Ben Watts, Bend, Ore., 75.25. 8. Trevor Jacob, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 71.50. 9. Zach Black, Breckenridge, Colo., 58.00. 10. Jack Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 55.50. 11. Brennen Swanson, Stillwater, Minn., 26.00. 12, Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., DNS.
Men's Snowboard Superpipe - Tour Rankings
1. Louie Vito, 200. 2. JJ Thomas, 174. 3. Matt Ladley, 166. 4. Mason Aguirre, 166. 5. Steve Fisher, 152. 6. Trevor Jacob, 140. 7. Greg Bretz, 136. 8. Spencer Shaw, 123. 9. Luke Mitrani, 107. 10. Jake Mitrani, 99.
Women's Snowboard Superpipe - Finals
1. Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., 95.75. 2. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, Colo., 92.25. 3. Queralt Castellet, Spain, 86.00. 4. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 81.50. 5. Soko Yamaoka, Japan, 80.25., 6. Kelly Marren, Hillsborough, Calif., 46.25.