Professional skiers and snowboarders from around the world gather in Copper Mountain, Colorado, once again for the Dew Tour competition. And the stakes are high since this is an Olympic qualifying event.
What exactly is Dew Tour? It’s more than 200 athletes from 17 different countries competing in ski and snowboard superpipe, slopestyle and adaptive slalom in snowboard. This is the top of the top in ski and snowboard competitions.
We’ll have live coverage of the event over the next few days, so be sure to come back here for more news, updates and winning results.
Why Dew Tour is such a big deal
The US snowboard and freeski teams have had a busy competitive season. Halfpipe, Big Air and Slopestyle teams competed in the FIS Big Air World Cup (December 2-4) and the United States Grand Prix World Cup (December 8-10) earlier this month.
Additionally, many winter athletes are riding full steam ahead to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
This weekend, skiers and snowboarders will compete in slopestyle and pipe competitions at the Winter Dew Tour, one of the final Olympic qualifying events on American turf. (Dew Tour was also an Olympic qualification for freestyle skiing and snowboarding in 2014 and 2018.)
Needless to say, Dew Tour is where the action is. And if you’re not going in person, our live coverage is the place to be.
Many athletes participating in the Dew Tour compete for points to reach the FIS rankings, which counts towards their Olympic qualifications. Who will be on the podium at the Dew Tour? Which skiers and snowboarders will climb to the top? Stay tuned to find out.
The halfpipe competition has athletes competing inside Copper Mountain’s 22-foot superpipe. In the final, each athlete will get three races (scored on a 100-point system) to show off their talent. The best of their three runs determines their final ranking.
Here are the 10 male freeskiers who made it to the start list for the finals:
- David Wise, United States
- Noah Bowman, Canada
- Nico Porteous, New Zealand
- Brendan MacKay, Canada
- Lyman Currier, United States
- Aaron Blunk, United States
- Alex Ferreira, United States
- Simon D’Artois, Canada
- Hunter Hess, United States
- Birk Irving, United States
Snowboard for men
Here are the 10 male snowboarders who made it to the start list for the finals:
- Ayumu Hirano, Japan
- Ruka Hirano, Japan
- Yuto Totsuka, Japan
- Shaun White, United States
- AndrÃ© Hoeflich, Germany
- Chase Josey, United States
- Taylor Gold, United States
- Jan Scherrer, Switzerland
- Valentino Guseli, Australia
- Joey Okesson, United States
As expected, several athletes from Japan and the United States placed in the top 10. Although the big surprise was American snowboarder Danny Davis, who finished 12th, just before reaching the final.
Here are the eight freeskiers who made it to the starting list for the finals:
- Eileen Gu, China
- Kelly Sildaru, Estonia
- Zoe Atkin, Great Britain
- Fanghui Li, China
- Hanna Faulhaber, United States
- Cassie Sharpe, Canada
- Brita Sigourney, United States
- Kexin Zhang, China
And here are the final winners:
- Gold: Eileen Gu, China
- Silver: Kelly Sildaru, Estonia
- Bronze: Hanna Faulhaber, United States
Here are the eight riders who made it to the start list for the finals:
- Maddie Maestro, United States
- ChloÃ© Kim, United States
- Xuetong Cai, China
- Queralt Castellet, Spain
- Mitsuki Ono, Japan
- Ruki Tomita, Japan
- Sena Tomita, Japan
- Haruna Matsumoto, Japan
Similar to the male halfpipe, Japan absolutely dominated the female halfpipe board. However, US pros Maddie Maestro and Chloe Kim still have to be the favorites for the final.
Here’s how slopestyle works: Competitors will have three runs to show off their skills. They are scored on a points system out of 100. Here are the 10 male freeskiers who made it to the start list for the finals:
- Colby Stevenson, United States
- Oliwer Magnusson, Sweden
- Fabian Boesch, Switzerland
- Nick Goepper, United States
- Ãtienne Gagnon, Canada
- Evan McEachran, Canada
- Alex Hall, United States
- Mark Hendrickson, Canada
- Mac Forehand, United States
- Finn Bilous, New Zealand
- Gold: Colby Stevenson, United States
- Silver: Alex Hall, United States
- Bronze: Nick Goepper, United States
The men’s slopestyle ski finals saw a ton of talent, but the American athletes ended up dominating the podium. Moreso, the first two and second are from Park City, Utah: Alex Hall, 23, and Colby Stevenson, 24.
Similar to the men’s competition format, slopestyle skiers will compete in three runs, where they are scored on a 100-point scale and then ranked according to their best run.
This time at the Dew Tour, qualifying has been postponed, meaning the entire 16 freeskier peloton will face off in the three-round final.
Adapted snowboard slalom
The only event suitable for the Dew Tour, 16 male and 10 female athletes will compete on the adapted snowboard slalom course. They will be timed over two heats, and the faster of the two will count. The women will compete first, then the men.
Dew Tour Live Rankings
We will update rankings and athlete results as quickly as possible throughout Dew Tour events. See the official Dew Tour results here.
The United States Grand Prix in January 2022 is the last challenge before athletes find out who (on the US ski and snowboard team) will be on the Olympic teams.