(ISN) – Breckenridge, CO – The 2014 Dew Tour came to a wrap today in Breckenridge, Colorado with the conclusion of the men’s slopestyle final on a challenging course filled with fresh snow.
Canadians Alex Bellemare (St-Boniface, QC) and Evan McEachran (Oakville, ON) competed finishing in sixth and 12th place respectively.
Bellemare, 21, finished the two-run final with a high score of 78.50 secured on his first attempt and had him in second place at the midway point. His second run looked clean right until his final hit where he lost control to score 30.50.
“It was kind of a harsh day with all the snow,” said Bellemare. “It was very hard to clear the jumps. We switched our runs trying to figure it out. It definitely wasn’t an easy day.”
McEachran had a tougher go on the course today crashing on both his runs for scores of 18.75 and 22.00 respectively.
“It was kind of a bummer we didn’t have the best speed,” said McEachran. “The weather has been perfect our entire trip until now. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for me and I didn’t have speed on both runs and came up short on the second jump. It makes me more hungry for next time.”
Both slopestyle skiers qualified directly into the final by placing in fourth (Bellemare) and ninth (McEachran) respectively.
For a young skier like McEachran, only 17, the opportunity to compete against world-class athletes is important for his development.
“This year the focus is different for us,” said David Mirota, High Performance Director. “We have a lot of rookies on the team and young guys like Evan McEachran. I’m really happy with where the whole team is at in terms of new skills and progressing longer term focus.”
The next major competition for the slopestyle team will be in January with the FIS World Championship in Kreischberg, Austria (January 14-22) and the X Games in Aspen, Colorado (Jan 20-25)
“I got the first run invite about 2-3 weeks ago,” said McEachran. “I’m really excited about that. It’s definitely a dream come true.”
“Our peak events are the X Games and the World Championship this year,” added Mirota. “We have a camp scheduled in January in Calgary with WinSport and it’ll be a key preparation for those dates. I’m excited about the depth of our team with the youngsters and veterans. We have a lot of experience. It’s looking good.”