Second Season of the Winter Dew Tour Finishes with Record-Breaking Attendance
West Dover, Vt. – February 7, 2010 – The Winter Dew Tour's Toyota Championship at Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vt. concluded last night, marking the end of the 2009-10 season. The Dew Cup Awards Ceremony marked the end of the year, honoring the top athletes from the three-stop Tour.
The season-end award recipients are as follows:
Dew Cup – The coveted Dew Cup is awarded to the top-ranked athlete and overall points leader in each of the Tour's six disciplines.
· Freeski slopestyle – Andreas Hatveit, 23, Norway
· Women's snowboard slopestyle – Jamie Anderson, 19, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
· Men's snowboard slopestyle – Sage Kotsenburg, 16, Park City, Utah
· Freeski superpipe – Jossi Wells, 19, New Zealand
· Women's snowboard superpipe – Kaitlyn Farrington, 20, Sun Valley, Idaho
· Men's snowboard superpipe – JJ Thomas, 28, Breckenridge, Colo.
Athlete of the Year – Honors the male and female athlete who earned the most overall points in any one discipline during the 2009-10 Winter Dew Tour season.
· Male – Andreas Hatveit
· Female – Jamie Anderson
Rookie of the Year, presented by Ball Park – The rookies with the highest number of points in snowboarding and freeskiing are each honored.
· Freeski – Andreas Hatveit
· Snowboard – Sage Kotsenburg
Trick of the Year – The athlete who performed the single best trick throughout the three-stop Winter Dew Tour season.
· Halldor Helgasson, 19, Iceland, snowboard slopestyle – double cork frontside 1080, performed at the Totino's Open at Breckenridge Ski Resort
Performance of the Year, brought to you by PowerBar – Recognizing a single performance by an athlete that may be either the highest score or one that was clutch under pressure when it was needed most.
· Mike Riddle, 23, Canada, freeski superpipe – His huge second run during finals at the Totino's Open in Breckenridge allowed him to come up through the pack and win the event
Breakthrough Athlete of the Year – Voted on by the athletes, this award recognizes an athlete who does something that surpasses expectations.
· Elias Ambuhl, 17, Switzerland, freeski slopestyle – He came in new to the Winter Dew Tour as an Open Qualifier, winning the OQ round. As a Tour rookie, Ambuhl showed his consistency and finished seventh overall.
During the four-day freeski and snowboard competition, approximately 33,000 fans experienced the Toyota Championship – the highest event attendance in the two-year history of the Winter Dew Tour – also breaking the record for highest-single day attendance with 15,000 attending on Saturday.
"The past four days of the Winter Dew Tour have been terrific, and we couldn't be more excited with the turn out," said Kelly Pawlak, General Manager of Mount Snow Resort. "Our numbers for the weekend are up from the five-year average. It's always great to get more people out to Mount Snow to experience the mountain at Carinthia."
Today's events at the Toyota Championship included the finals for the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the official amateur series of the Winter Dew Tour along with a freeski specialty competition – the Toyota Tricktopsy Big Air Presented by realPlayer – on the final feature of the slopestyle course. Top freeski athletes like Bobby Brown, Jossi Wells, Colby West and Ian Cosco threw out their best tricks during the 30-minute jam session, and Gus Kenworthy came out as the winner with his cork 900 nose grab to true tail grab.
The complete 2009-10 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event Date Location
Totino's Open Dec. 17-20 Breckenridge Ski Resort – Breckenridge, Colo.
Wendy's Invitational Jan. 14-17 Snowbasin Resort – Ogden, Utah
Toyota Championship Feb. 4-7 Mount Snow Resort – West Dover, Vt.
In its second season, the top athletes in the world will take part in this year's Winter Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded in Mount Snow, Vt. at season's end. The 2008-09 Dew Cup champions include Shaun White (Snowboard Superpipe and Slopestyle), Kelly Clark (Snowboard Superpipe), Spencer O'Brien (Snowboard Slopestyle), PK Hunder (Freeski Slopestyle) and Tanner Hall (Freeski Superpipe).
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