Gusts and chill took over Breckenridge Ski Resort during Sunday's Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships' final day of competition, creating less than ideal conditions for women on skis and men on skis and boards seeking to win competition titles.
Kicking off the day, Breckenridge Sports Club and Breck pro skier Emilia Wint headed into Sunday's women's freeski finals as the top qualifier by five points, but the local lady didn't come through with the win. She fell on her first run, putting her in the last-place position for her second run as she prepared to take the last drop in the final. She had rolled through the course, nailing every hit, but as she approached the final 67-foot booter, Wint came up short and knuckled - hard. She was pulled off the course by medical personnel.
The win went to Saturday's third-place qualifier Kaya Turski, who stuck her first run of the final for an 87.25, a run that would carry her through the rest of the competition. It included a switch on front swap on the rainbow box, lipslide to fakie on the next rail, into a switch 360 over the first jump, to switch 540 over the next jump, then 270 onto the next rainbow box, then she wrapped up her run with a 540 and a switch 720 over the final two booters.
"There is a lot of great talent coming up, all these young girls definitely are stepping it up and are keeping me on my toes. I think I have the experience, so I played it cool," Turski said, referring to how she played the conditions and her competition.
Rounding out the podium was Yuki Tsubota, who qualified fifth, with a score of 72.25, and yesterday's second-place qualifier Anna Segal with a 56.75.
The men's freeski slopestyle final followed, which had narrowed a broad field of 31 into the top 12 competitors who would throw it all on the line for their chance at the 2012 Dew Cup. Snow and wind remained a challenge, even for top semis qualifier James "Woodsy" Woods, who was a favorite going into Sunday. Woods' final run seemed to be going well, until he rode around the final jump, relinquishing a score that may have contended with Australian Russ Henshaw's 84.50 score from his first run. Woods finished ninth with a 37.00.
Andreas Hatveit (80.00) and Henrik Harlaut (78.75) took second and third, respectively.
In the final event of the day and Dew Tour stop, men's snowboard slopestyle final, Mark McMorris maintained momentum from his Saturday night snowboard big-air win and carried out a nearly flawless first run with a high score of 90.00. During second laps, McMorris didn't stick with the status quo. Instead, he upped the ante to score 95.00, which put the pressure on those remaining to drop, including Torstein Horgmo, who ended Wednesday's semifinal with the top qualifying score.
None were able to top McMorris, who left the 2012 Dew Tour's final stop with two titles. His 95.00 run featured a lipslide to a fakie, switch hard 270 onto the next down feature, a cab double cork 900, frontside 720, backside 360 to tap the iON camera feature, a double wildcat and a frontside double cork 1260 to cap it off.
"This course is sick! Four jumps, three rails - it's a really technical setup. When you get to ride a really big course it is so much more fun... A lot of times you are limited to two or three ways of spinning, but with four jumps it makes for endless opportunities for lines you can choose - it makes for a lot more creativity," McMorris said.
Chas Guldemond and Staale Sandbech rounded out the rest of the podium with a 90.75 and 85.75, respectively.