Along with the X Games, the Dew Tour is undoubtedly one of the most important contests of the season for halfpipe and slopestyle athletes. Over four days, from December 13 to 16, Breckenridge hosts the world’s best freeskiers and comes alive from morning to night with heart-stopping action sports on snow. Though the competition comes across as a spectacle, the Canadian athletes are there with the firm intention of sustaining their early-season momentum.
The platinum event for the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) returns this year with a creative format showcasing unique and progressive competition courses. This year’s Superpipe course has been redesigned, offering a variety of freestyle elements and creating a longer, more diverse competition. The Slopestyle course is divided into two sections, Jibs and Jumps.
In all, nine skiers from Canada will be at the Dew Tour when it starts on Thursday, with the women’s slopestyle event kicking off four days of action; the young Elena Gaskell will be the only Canadian woman representing Canada in that discipline. On Friday, defending champion Cassie Sharpe and teammate Rachael Karker tackle the halfpipe. That evening, Alex Bellemare will display his creativity on the rails in the streetstyle contest. On Saturday, the men’s slopestyle team has its turn on the slopes; the event wraps up with the men again on Sunday on the modified halfpipe course.
The following athletes will compete in the 2018 Dew Tour:
Women: Elena Gaskell(Vernon, BC)