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Dew Tour announces schedule, more athletes

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado
Steve Fisher during his prime was based out of Breckenridge as one of the best halfpipe snowboarders in the world.
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The schedule for the Winter Dew Tour’s Nike 6.0 Open at Breckenridge Ski Resort was announced Tuesday, along with a new slate of confirmed athletes.

The event runs in Breck from Dec. 16-19 with a full slate of men’s and women’s slopestyle and superpipe competitions in both freeskiing and snowboardnig.

In a bit of a change from the past two years, the Breck Dew stop will not feature a nighttime final during the week. Instead, four finals will take place Dec. 18, and another four finals will be the following day.

The event kicks off Dec. 16 with women’s freeski superpipe prelims at 3 p.m. and runs through Dec. 19, as the final event of the week will be the men’s freeski slopestyle final.

The men’s and womens’ snowboard superpipe finals will be held Saturday morning of that week.

The schedule is subject to change, but the list of athletes entered is confirmed. After announcing an initial wave of competitors a week ago, Alli Sports, which operates the series, released a handful of other names that have confirmed their entries into the event.

Vancouver Olympian Scotty Lago will be in the men’s snowboard superpipe competition, as will Breck rider and last year’s overall Dew Cup champ JJ Thomas. Other notables to be confirmed into the prequalified field are Jamie Anderson (women’s superpipe and slopestyle snowboarding), PK Hunder (men’s freeski slopestyle) and Alexis Godbout (men’s freeski slopestyle).

Athletes receive prequalified status based on their results in the three-stop Dew Tour series from a year ago. Those that are not prequalified must go through the opening rounds.

That includes freeski superstar Simon Dumont, who confirmed his status as an open qualifier for the slopestyle competition. He was already qualified for superpipe.

Some local athletes will also try their hand at the open qualifying rounds. Breck’s Zack Black, known for his technical skill in the superpipe, will go through the snowboard slopestyle qualifier. He’s already qualified for the pipe competition.

Black’s older brother, Jake, will compete in the superpipe open qualifier, and local freeskiers Duncan Adams and Bobby Brown will both go through their respective superpipe qualifier.

The other two stops of the tour will be at Killington, Vt., on Jan. 20-23 and Snowbasin, Utah, Feb. 10-13.

Athlete registration for the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour season is already open and will remain open until Dec. 1. To register or to find more information about the series, visit http://www.allisports.com/dew-tour.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@summitdaily.com.


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