With only four available spots per ski and snowboard disciplines for the USA Olympic Teams, expect the Dew Tour next week to feature some intense competition from the riders.
Serving as the third of five Olympic Qualifiers, the Dew Tour takes place next week December 14-17, 2017 in Breckenridge, Colorado.
“Coming of a week of strong competition in Copper Mountain, the riders are ready to go for the season of competition and Olympic Qualifications,” said David Wise, 2014 Men’s Halfpipe Ski Gold Medalist. “Having one Olympic Qualifying contest for the season behind us, the Dew Tour will be even tighter competition since the riders have had a chance to work out their runs in competition formats and the practice time between contests will allow us to be even better.”
Along with being a crucial qualifier for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard athletes, the Dew Tour will host one of the deepest international fields of riders providing a chance for you to see the best on display before they arrive in South Korea for the Winter Olympic Games.
Also featured during the Dew Tour, a men and women’s World Para Snowboard will be added to the Winter Dew Tour. Sanctioned by Nor Am and in partnership with World Para Snowboard, Adaptive Action Sports and U.S. Paralympic Association, the competition will feature the top para-athletes taking to the course on Friday December 15.
“I am so thrilled that we will be heading into our second year at the Dew Tour,” said Amy Purdy, athlete and Adaptive Action Sports co-funder. “I was unable to compete last year due to injury, but this year I am excited to be there competing alongside amazing athletes on the adaptive circuit.”
This isn’t the first time Dew Tour has accepted the responsibility. The 2014 Dew Tour in Breckenridge was also a qualifying event for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. “After a successful run in 2014, it was a natural choice to partner with Dew Tour once again to be a part of our Olympic selection events,” said Tiger Shaw, President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard through a press release. “Both the Dew Tour and the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix are committed to putting on a world class event for all athletes and presenting our sports ahead of the 2018 Games.”
Dew Tour Breckenridge will feature all the events riders and fans have come to expect and enjoy, including the Team Challenge, the Dew Tour Experience village, and of course, the accolades: The Powder Awards, and the Transworld Snowboarding Rider’s Poll Awards.