Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge Nike Open Confirms Athletes

16 November 2011
Burr Ridge, Ill. – Nov. 3, 2011 – The Winter Dew Tour Nike Open, kicking off the 2011-12 season at Breckenridge Ski Resort, will open athlete registration today to snowboarders and freeskiers looking to compete in superpipe and slopestyle.  Gold medal Olympian Shaun White will be returning after a two-year hiatus to reclaim the Dew Cup he won in the 2009-2010 season.  He will be facing Louie Vito in the superpipe, who left Snowbasin last season with the championship title.  Danny Davis is also confirmed to compete this season, which will be his first full year back on the contest circuit after suffering a back injury in early 2010.  Freeskiing game-changer Simon Dumont is slated to compete, as well as Torin Yater-Wallace, who dominated the superpipe in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour before moving up to the pro ranks in 2010.
 
For the first time in Dew Tour history, women’s freeskiing will be elevated to a Dew Cup discipline on the Tour.  At the Killington and Snowbasin stops, female skiers will compete for points towards the overall standings and the Dew Cup.  Expect to see top women’s freeskiers such as Sarah Burke and Jen Hudak bring their top game to the pipe and slope in the race for the title. 
 
Women’s events will take on a new level of focus this year.  The ladies will compete in snowboard superpipe and slopestyle in Breckenridge, while skiers will have a chance to show their skills on the slope and in the pipe in Killington.  All women’s snowboard and freeski events will be held in Snowbasin at the Toyota Championships, where the women will compete for the Dew Cup in their respective disciplines.  Competition will be intense as Kelly Clark, Jamie Anderson and more of the top women’s winter athletes look to seize the opportunity to gain points towards the coveted Dew Cup. 
 
For additional Winter Dew Tour event information, visit www.Allisports.com.   Visit the Dew Tour Facebook page and follow @thedewtour on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information on the latest Winter Dew Tour action.
 
The complete 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
 
Event                                       Disciplines                   Date                 Location
Nike Open                                M SKI Slope                 Dec. 15-18        Breckenridge Ski Resort – Breckenridge, Colo.
                                                M SKI Pipe
                                                M SNB Slope
                                                M SNB Pipe
                                                W SNB Slope
                                                W SNB Pipe
Winter Dew Tour at Killington     M SKI Slope                 Jan. 19-22         Killington Resort – Killington, Vt.           
                                                M SKI Pipe
                                                W SKI Slope
                                                W SKI Pipe
                                                M SNB Slope
                                                M SNB Pipe     
Toyota Championships              M SKI Slope                 Feb. 9-12          Snowbasin Resort – Ogden,Utah
                                                M SKI Pipe
                                                W SKI Slope
                                                W SKI Pipe
                                                M SNB Slope
                                                M SNB Pipe
                                                W SNB Slope
                                                W SNB Pipe
 
Entering its fourth year, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at season’s end to champions in each of the eight disciplines. The 2010-11 Dew Cup champions include Louie Vito (men’s snowboard superpipe), Kelly Clark (women’s snowboard superpipe), Torstein Horgmo (men’s snowboard slopestyle), Jamie Anderson (women’s snowboard slopestyle), Kevin Rolland (ski superpipe) and Bobby Brown (ski slopestyle).The Winter Dew Tour continues its commitment to progression in action sports, with premier superpipes and the highest level slopestyle courses.  In addition to a weekend of contests, each stop will feature an interactive Festival Village and musical guests.  
 
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Winter Dew Tour
The Winter Dew Tour consists of three major, multi-sport events spanning across the country. 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 broadcasts on Versus. The Winter Dew Tour is also distributed on Fuel TV, Universal HD, and internationally on Eurosport, Fox Australia, Extreme Channel and Allarco Superchannel. The Winter Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor), Toyota, Nike, Pantech, Ball Park, National Guard, Mongoose, Paul Mitchell, and PlayStation®. More information can be found at www.Allisports.com.
 
AlliSports
AlliSports, is an action sports lifestyle brand whose mission is to connect fans with athletes and brands through best in class events, media, and authentic branded products.  AlliSports includes: the Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour; Alli Media which creates, produces, and distributes original content; Alli RideShop an online retailer carrying top skate and bmx consumer products; and Alli MotoShop an online retailer carrying top moto consumer products.  AlliSports is owned by NBC Sports.  More information can be found at www.allisports.com.
 
NBC Sports Group
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January of 2011, the broad reach and storied history of NBC Sports united with Comcast’s 24/7 ability to super-serve fans to create the NBC Sports Group. The new sports media company consists of an array of broadcast television, cable television and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports & Olympics, Golf Channel, Versus, 11 SportNets (regional sports networks) and their respective websites. Together, the new combined assets of the NBC Sports Group possess an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the Olympics, NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, IndyCar, Wimbledon, French Open, Tour de France and Kentucky Derby.

About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort property and hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and in the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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Email: kpetitt@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970)453-3210
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