Winter Dew Tour Arrives in Colorado for Nike 6.0 Open, Dec. 16-19 at Breckenridge Ski Resort

14 December 2010
WINTER DEW TOUR ARRIVES IN COLORADO FOR THE NIKE 6.0 OPEN, DECEMBER 16-19 AT BRECKENRIDGE SKI RESORT
 
The Cool Kids to Headline Concert at Riverwalk Center December 17th at 7pm
 
Burr Ridge, Ill. – December 14, 2010 – Over 380 of the best freeski and snowboard athletes from 18 different countries will compete this weekend at Breckenridge Ski Resort at the Nike 6.0 Open. For the third consecutive year, Breckenridge will kick off the 2010 winter season debuting their brand new 22-foot superpipe live on NBC, and will host competitions with the top winter athletes in freeskiing (slopestyle and superpipe) and snowboarding (slopestyle and superpipe) along with a Friday night concert featuring Midwest hip hop group, The Cool Kids. In a continuing effort to develop new, up-and-coming talent, the Nike 6.0 Open will feature an expanded field of Open Qualifiers with over 280 athletes competing this weekend to earn a spot on the Tour.  The three-stop Tour will continue on to Killington Resort in Killington, Vt. in January and will conclude with the Toyota Championship at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah this February.
 
Highlighting the men’s snowboard superpipe roster includes defending 2009-10 Dew Cup champion JJ Thomas, as well as Olympian’s Scotty Lago and Louie Vito. Sixteen-year-old Sage Kostenburg looks to defend his Dew Cup title in snowboard slopestyle, against the likes of Torstein Horgmo, Tyler Flanagan and Chas Guldemond.
 
Kaitlyn Farrington is ready to defend her snowboard superpipe Dew Cup champion status(snowboard superpipe), as Olympian’s  Elena Hight, Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler look to start their Winter Dew Tour season with a win. Jamie Anderson, last season’s snowboard slopestyle Dew Cup champion, will be battling it out for the top podium spot during Sunday’s slopestyle finals against fellow competitor’s Chanelle Sladics and Kjersti Østgaard Buaas.
 
The best of the best in freeski will also be vying for the top spot on the podium at Breckenridge Ski Resort, with defending 2009-10 Dew Cup champion Jossi Wells and freeski icon Simon Dumont battling it out on the superpipe. Breckenridge local Bobby Brown and 2009-10 Dew Cup champion, Andreas Hatveit, are set to compete on the slopestyle course.
 
Through the support of Paul Mitchell, there will be expanded women’s freeski slopestyle and superpipe competitions in Breckenridge, with defending X Games gold medalist Jen Hudak looking to score the same success at the Winter Dew Tour.  
 
Athletes are pre-qualified based on their rankings at the end of the 2009-10 Winter Dew Tour season. The full list of pre-qualified athletes is as follows:   
 
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Mason Aguirre*
Mason Aguirre*
Fredrik Austbo
Mikkel Bang*
Ross Baker
Cody Boan
Zach Black
Gjermund Braaten*
Steve Fisher
Wyatt Caldwell
Roger Kleivdal
Yale Cousino
Kazuhiro Kokubo*
Madison Ellsworth
Scotty Lago
Tyler Flanagan
Jack Mitrani
Chas Guldemond
Scott Moline
Halldor Helgason
Peetu Piiroinen*
Torstein Horgmo
Scotty Pike
Sam Hulbert
Iouri Podlachikov
Tim Humphereys
Brennen Swanson
Nick Julius
Elijah Teter
Nate Kern
JJ Thomas
Sage Kotsenburg
Louie Vito*
Scotty Lago
Broc Waring
Nick Poohachoff
 
Brandon Reis
 
Ian Thorley
 
Sebastien Toutant*
 
Andreas Wiig
 
Eric Willett
 
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Gretchen Bleiler*
Sina Candrian*
Queralt Castellet
Megan Ginter
Kelly Clark
Lynn Neil
Kaitlyn Farrington
  Kjersti Østgaard Buaas
Summer Fenton
Sarka Pancochova*
Elena Hight
Chanelle Sladics
Kelly Marren
Janna Weatherby
Kjersti Østgaard Buaas
 
Sarka Pancochova
 
Meg Pugh
 
Hannah Teter*
 
 
Men’s Freeski Superpipe
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle
Xavier Bertoni
Elias Ambuhl
Justin Dorey
Anders Backe
Matt Duhamel
Bobby Brown
Simon Dumont
Sammy Carlson
Banks Gilberti
Philip Casabon
Antti-Jussi Kemppainen
Ian Cosco
Gus Kenworthy*
Simon Dumont*
Dan Marion
Charles Gagnier
Peter Olenick
Banks Gilberti
Tucker Perkins
Alexis Godbout
Matthew Philippi*
Steffen Hamre
Mike Riddle
Henrik Harlaut*
Kevin Rolland
Elvis Eidsvold Harsheim
Taylor Seaton*
Andreas Håtveit
Byron Wells*
JF Houle
Jossi Wells
PK Hunder
Colby West
Sean Jordan
Torin Yater-Wallace
Alex Schlopy
David Wise
Tom Wallisch
 
Jossi Wells
 
Jacob Wester*
 
McRae Williams
 
 
                               
*Indicates wild cards
 
The Nike 6.0 Open schedule of events is as follows:
 
Thursday, December 16th – Festival Village Opens at 8:00am
9:30AM – 1:00PM          Snowboard Slopestyle Men Open Qualifiers
10:30AM – 1:30PM        Freeski Superpipe Men Open Qualifiers
2:15PM – 4:00PM          Snowboard Slopestyle Women Open Qualifiers
3:00PM – 4:00PM          Freeski Superpipe Women Prelims
 
Friday, December 17th – Festival Village Opens at 8:00am
10:00AM – 10:45AM      Snowboard Superpipe Women Prelims
10:30AM – 12:30PM      Freeski Slopestyle Men Prelims
11:05AM – 12:30PM      Snowboard Superpipe Men Prelims
2:00PM – 4:00PM          Snowboard Slopestyle Men Prelims
2:30PM – 4:00PM          Freeski Superpipe Men Prelims
7:00PM – 9:00PM          The Cool Kids/The Knocks Concert at Riverwalk
 
Saturday, December 18th – Festival Village Opens at 8:00am
9:00AM – 9:40AM          Freeski Superpipe Women Final
10:00AM – 11:00AM      Freeski Superpipe Men Final
11:00AM – 12:00PM      Snowboard Slopestyle Women Prelims
12:00PM – 12:40PM      Snowboard Superpipe Women Final
1:00PM – 2:00PM          Snowboard Superpipe Men Final
2:00PM – 3:30PM          Freeski Slopestyle Women Prelims
 
Sunday, December 19th – Festival Village Opens at 8:00am
10:00AM – 10:40AM      Snowboard Slopestyle Women Final
11:00AM – 12:00PM      Snowboard Slopestyle Men Final
1:30PM – 2:10PM          Freeski Slopestyle Women Final
2:30PM – 3:30PM          Freeski Slopestyle Men Final
 
***SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
 
Beyond the competitions, The Knocks will open with a live DJ set for Midwest hip hop group, The Cool Kids, during the Winter Dew Tour’s Nike 6.0 Open at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colo. on Friday, December 17th at 7pm. Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Riverwalk Center Box Office. Five dollars of every ticket purchased will be donated to SOS Outreach, a Vail Valley-based nonprofit organization that builds character and self-esteem in youth though outdoor activities and the SOS curriculum. More information can be found at sosoutreach.org. For additional concert and Winter Dew Tour event information, visit allisports.com.
 
Mega Passes for the Winter Dew Tour’s Nike 6.0 Open are available for $50 for the weekend and are on sale through gobreck.com/dewtour. Mega Passes provide exclusive athlete autograph sessions, a ticket to the Winter Dew Tour’s concert featuring The Cool Kids, discounts within the Town of Breckenridge and more!
 
Boasting the largest media platform in all of winter action sports, all three stops of the Winter Dew Tour will be televised Live on NBC with additional broadcasts on USA Network, MTV2 and Universal HD. In addition, it’s simulcast on Verizon V CAST and around the world on Eurosport 2 and Fox Sports Australia.
 
TV Schedule 
NBC            
  • Saturday, Dec. 18       2:30-4:00pm EST 
  • Sunday, Dec. 19 4-6pm EST               
 
USA Network    
  • Friday, Dec. 17          3-4am EST              
  • Saturday, Dec. 18       12-1am EST             
  • Sunday, Dec. 19 2-3am EST              
 
MTV2           
  • Saturday, Jan. 1        10-11pm EST
  • Saturday, Jan. 8        1-2pm EST
 
The complete 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
 
Event                            Date            Location
Nike 6.0 Open                    Dec. 16-19      Breckenridge Ski Resort – Breckenridge, Colo.
Winter Dew Tour at Killington   Jan. 20-23      Killington Resort – Killington, Vt.
Toyota Championship             Feb. 10-13      Snowbasin Resort – Ogden, Utah
 
Entering its third season, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at the Toyota Championship at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah. The 2009-10 Dew Cup champions include Andreas Hatveit (Freeski Slopestyle), Jossi Wells(Freeski Superpipe), Jamie Anderson (Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle), Sage Kotsenburg (Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle), Kaitlyn Farrington (Women’s Snowboard Superpipe), JJ Thomas (Men’s Snowboard Superpipe).
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Winter Dew Tour
The Winter Dew Tour consists of three major, multi-sport events spanning across the country, with a cumulative points system, and a $1.5 million competitive purse.  Each event features snowboard (superpipe and slopestyle) and freeskiing (superpipe and slopestyle). At season’s end, the overall point’s leaders are crowned year-end champions and awarded the prestigious Dew Cup. As part of an Alli property, key lifestyle elements compliment the competitions at each Tour event including the Festival Village, specialty competitions, and live cutting edge music. The Winter Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC Sports with additional competition and lifestyle broadcasts on MTV, MTV2 and USA.  The Winter Dew Tour is also distributed on Fuel TV, Universal HD, and internationally on Eurosport, Fox Australia and Extreme Channel. Current Winter Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew, Toyota, Nike 6.0, Verizon, MATADOR by Jack Links, Power Bar, Paul Mitchell, Ball Park and National Guard. For more information, visit www.Allisports.com.
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