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Breck Dew Tour slopestyle course expanded for 2009

BRECKENRIDGE - The slopestyle course at Breckenridge Ski Resort is primed for the Winter Dew Tour, with more features than last year's event.

"All in all it's just a bigger product out here this year," said Eric Armfield, resort terrain park manager. "Everybody's just trying to go for the best contest possible."

While last year's course had five features, the one this year has seven and is "much longer," he said.

There are two options for each of the jib features - which include a mock propane tank, a box built into a Toyota truck and more.

"People seem pretty happy with it," Armfield said of the people testing the course this week preparing for the events Thursday through Sunday.

The course and superpipe were built by the resort's park crew, with help from Snow Park Technologies.

Andreas Wiig, a back-to-back ESPN X-Games champion in slopestyle snowboarding, said Snow Park Technologies truly knows what it's doing when it comes to building courses.

"It can be very dangerous if things aren't set up right," he said. "If things aren't the right distances from each other or if they aren't made properly, it's very dangerous."

He said the Breckenridge Dew Tour course last year was "realy good for its first year."

Armfield said the course this year has been tested by riders in the park crew as well as team riders to ensure everything is up to standards.

"We can usually get it pretty close to where we want it," he said, adding that slight adjustments are made as needed when the course is tested.

Simon Dumont, an American ESPN X-Games champion and one of the world's best freeskiers, said there are definite pluses to having the slopestyle event.

"I try to be as well-rounded as I can be," he said of skiing both slopestyle and halpfipe events. "(Slopestyle) allows for more creativity; it's more free-flowing."

Armfields said the course's jumps will make for "good pop-overs for TV" and the conditions should be suitable.

"We've got all the snow we need right now," he said. "It's really turned into a great course."

And after the events end, amateurs and pros alike will be able to hit most of the course features - as well as the superpipe - within a couple days, Armfield said.


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