the Winter Dew Tour takes over Breckenridge, Colorado this weekend. Here’s everything you need to know about the first (non-FIS) contest of the season: How to watch, who's there, and what's up with that Modified Superpipe?
Sarah Hoefflin is ready to Do the Dew. Photo: Andre Durso
First things first, the livestream link. Thank goodness, the Dew Tour knows the importance of keeping a stream up and running during all of the contests! Visit dewtour.com/live/ to stay up on all the action as it happens.
Gus Kenworthy warms up on the slopestyle jumps section. Photo: Jamie Walter
Back in 2016, Dew Tour broke from its role as a “standard” halfpipe and slopestyle contest and radically revised its format to reflect riders’ and fans’ desire to see more innovative contest formats.
The most obvious sign of this approach is the Modified Superpipe event, a creative look at transition riding that augments a shortened Superpipe with several different kinds of transition features. The modified pipe is one of Dew Tour’s bolder moves to challenge the status quo of halfpipe riding and bring something new to the table for course design. It’s also a challenge for riders used to zigging and zagging between the same two icy halfpipe walls all year.
The Dew Tour´s Modified Superpipe keeps transition athletes on their toes.
Torin Yater-Wallace warms up in the Modified Superpipe. Photo: Jamie Walter
Other Dew Tour innovations include breaking up the Slopestyle contest into separate “Jump” and “Jib” events, the results of which are then combined to determine an overall winner (at least, that’s how we think it works.) Meanwhile, the fan-favorite Streetstyle event brings the action right into downtown Breckenridge, with an urban-style jib contest that’s definitely worth a watch.
Finally, Dew Tour also features a Team Challenge, with ski and snowboard companies sending team squads to battle it out for glory in a combined, overall-impression contest that includes both the pipe and the slope venues.
Joss Christensen gets down on the "Jibs" section. Photo: Andre Durso
Here’s the schedule of freeski events taking place over the next few days at Dew Tour. For the full event schedule including snowboarding, parties and other goings-on, check out dewtour.com. Remember, you can watch all of these contests on the livestream!
Thursday, December 13
9:00 MST / 17:00 CET - Women’s Ski Jump Final
10:15 MST / 18:15 CET - Women’s Ski Jib Final
12:30 MST / 20:30 CET - Team Ski Modified Superpipe Final
13:30 MST / 21:30 CET - Team Ski Jump Final
14:30 MST / 22:30 CET - Team Ski Jib Final
Friday, December 14
9:00 MST / 17:00 CET - Women’s Ski Modified Superpipe Final
18:00 MST / 02:00 CET - Streetstyle
Saturday, December 15
12:00 MST / 20:00 CET Men’s Ski Jump Final
13:45 MST / 21:45 CET Men’s Ski Jib Final
Sunday, December 16
9:15 MST / 17:15 CET Men’s Ski Modified Superpipe Final
Henrik Harlaut´s winning slopestyle run from the 2017 Dew Tour.
Men's Modified Superpipe
Women's Modified Superpipe
Team Völkl (2017 winners)
For more info on the Dew Tour check out dewtour.com, and make sure to swing by again here at Downdays for full results, photos and videos from the Winter Dew Tour 2018 in Breckenridge.