Dew Tour is coming to Breckenridge, Colorado, from December 14-17, packing four full days with competitions, athlete autograph signings, concerts, the 18th Annual Powder Awards, and a whole lot of stoke for the new season.
This year's Dew Tour is more important than usual for athletes, serving as the third of five Olympic Qualifying events before next year's Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. With only four U.S. Olympic team sports available per discipline--men's halfpipe and slopestyle, and women's halfpipe and slopestyle--the stakes are raised.
With so much skiing packed into four days, we've created a comprehensive guide for where and when to be this Dew Tour to help make sure you don't miss a second of the action.
Wednesday, December 13
While the festivities officially kick off on the 14th, if you find yourself getting to Breck a little early, head on over to the halfpipe to check out the men's and women's superpipe qualifier. The men hit the pipe at 10:15 a.m. Be on the lookout for David Wise, who walked away with first place at last year's superpipe finals, as well as winning the inaugural gold medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in the halfpipe for the USA. The women kick off at 1 p.m. with a field including last year's winner and Sochi bronze medalist Ayana Onozuka from Japan and Olympic gold medalist Maddie Bowman from the U.S.
Thursday, December 14
Heading into day one, the men's slopestyle qualifier starts off the morning at 9:45 a.m. Top contenders include defending Dew Tour slopestyle champ and Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, as well as New Zealander Jossi wells who took second last year in Breckenridge. Joss Christensen, who took gold in Sochi, is out of the competition, still recovering from an ACL tear in May, but still has his eyes set on PyeongChang. The women's slopestyle qualifier kicks off at 12:30 p.m., and with 15-year-old phenom and defending champ Kelly Sildaru out of competition with a knee injury, the top spot is up for grabs.
With two incredibly talented groups of skiers in both the men's and women's fields, it's safe to say the qualifying rounds are going to be chock full of big tricks and skiers really pushing their limits to land a spot in the finals.
With the qualifiers wrapping up by early afternoon, there's still plenty of time to snag a few laps of your own and maybe a quick nap before the big event of the evening, Powder Awards. The biggest night in skiing, the 18th Annual Powder Awards will celebrate the best skiers, cinematographers, and photographers, and is sure to be one of the best nights of the year.
Friday, December 15
To help fight that inevitable post-day-one of Dew Tour hangover, wake up bright and early and head down to the halfpipe at 9:00 a.m. to catch the men's superpipe final, followed up by the women's superpipe final at 10:45. With Olympic qualification on the line, skiers will be giving it their all in hopes of securing one of just four spots on the U.S. team.
With the rest of your afternoon open, hit the slopes. Odds are after watching so many talented skiers for two days straight you're going to want to do some skiing of your own. That night, head on down to Main Street Breckenridge for the Streetstyle final starting at 7 p.m. Ten skiers will take to the streets for a 45-minute jam session. Skiers to watch are last year's champion Alex Bellemare, and up-and-coming urban powerhouses Keegan Kilbride and Quinn Wolferman. With no Olympic qualifying on the line, expect a fun, laid back competition with some unique tricks and big style.
Saturday, December 16
Wake up early and grab some laps before heading to the slope course for the men's slopestyle final at 12:30. Featuring a combination of jibs and jumps, the slope course offers a look at the top level of park skiing, and is sure to not disappoint. Immediately following is the women's slopestyle final at 2:15. With only two months left before PyeongChang, these two finals are just a preview of what to expect come February.
That night, head on down to the Riverwalk Theater to get your groove on at Dew Tour's yearly concert. This year's lineup includes the Floozies and Anomalie, with the show getting underway at 7:00 p.m. Even though we're all there for the skiing, sometimes you just gotta dance.
Sunday, December 17
While all good things must come to an end, Dew Tour keeps the party rolling all the way into the final day with a new event started last year, the team competition. Six ski companies, Armada, Atomic, Faction, Head, K2, and Volkl, each assign a team captain and then one rider to compete in one of three events: modified superpipe, slopestyle jib, and slopestyle jump. Although last year's superpipe event got cancelled due to weather, the skills of Gus Kenworthy, Fabian Bosch, and Jossi Wells took the win for team Atomic. This year is truly up for grabs, with six super stacked teams looking to land at the top of the podium. One team to be sure to watch will be the powerful and style-filled Armada team of Quinn Wolferman, Henrik Harlaut, and Torin Yater-Wallace.