December 16, 2017 (Breckenridge, Colo.)—Day four was action-packed for the Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle Finals at the Dew Tour presented by Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network. With solid conditions and temps in the high 30s at Breckenridge Ski Resort, 40 of the best ski and snowboard slopestyle athletes put on a show for the crowd and gave it their all today for a shot at a coveted Dew Tour title. Since this year’s slopestyle event counts as an Olympic qualifier for the U.S. and Canadian athletes (snowboard only for Canada), the competition was more exciting than ever with all athletes pushing the envelope.
The morning started off with Snowboard Women’s Slopestyle Finals, with eight riders getting three runs on the pristine Snow Park Tech designed course. Spencer O’Brien (CAN) was going huge and riding so well, stomping a beautiful second run consisting of a gap backside lipslide, 50-50 to noseslide pretzel 270 out, switch backside 360 mute, switch frontside 540 tail, 50-50 frontside 360 out, frontside 720 indy, backside 720 mute, which was enough to give her the lead with a 95.00 and the Dew Tour win.
“I’ve never been more proud to be a part of women’s snowboarding at this moment,” said O’Brien. “It’s just so inspiring. This event really lends itself to progression, with it being one of the longest slopestyle courses we compete on. It makes it fun, but more difficult at the same time, so I’m just so happy I was able to come out today and get the win.”
2014 Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson’s (USA) second place win officially secured her a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for 2018. Anderson’s attempt at landing a double cork—a trick she said she has only landed a handful of times—could have potentially bumped O’Brien off of the podium, but she just couldn’t manage to hold it. Her first run score of a 93.33, however, was more than enough to get her second. Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) also had an epic day, ending on the podium in third place with a 92.00 score.
Next up was Snowboard Men’s Slopestyle Finals which couldn’t have been more unpredictable. From start to finish it was anybody’s game, but in the end it was Max Parrot (CAN) who rode away with his first Dew Tour title. His second run, consisting of a hard way 270 on, back 270 boardslide 270 out, switch backside double dork 900 mute, backside 1260 mute, switch boardslide 270 off the Toyota feature, Cab double cork 1260 indy, frontside triple cork 1440 mute impressed the judges the most, scoring him a 97.00.
“I’ve been competing at the Dew Tour for seven years and while I’ve got second and third, getting that first place spot has always been on my check list,” said Parrot who is already pre-qualified to represent the Canadian Olympic Team. “Now I can check it off, so I’m stoked on that.”
Colorado hometown hero, Chris Corning (USA), also secured his Olympic spot today with his second place finish. He was ecstatic to score a 95.00 and to be on his first Dew Tour podium. Mons Roisland (NOR) followed the pack with a 92.00.
The sun decided to come out for Ski Men’s Slopestyle Finals as did the fire from the 12 men in a heated battle until the final run. While everyone was skiing to highest level, the win officially went to Henrik Harlaut (SWE) who stomped the best run of the day consisting of a left lip bio 450 safety grab to backslide, switch left 270 continuing 270, right double 1260 safety, switch left trip 1260 high mute, backside 270, right 450 to switch, switch right bio 900 safety, left dub 1620 tindy, scoring a 95.00.
“Skiing is the very most fun thing I know to do,” said Harlaut. “As long as I do that I’m just super happy and grateful. Pressure definitely comes, but I try and look at it as a positive thing. I use the pressure to fire me up.”
Nick Goepper (USA) also got one step closer to Olympic glory this afternoon, scoring a 92.00 and taking the second place finish. Oystein Braaten (NOR) secured third with his 91.33 score.
The level of women’s skiing was also impressive today. During the Ski Women’s Slopestyle Finals, Johanne Killi (NOR), solidified a Dew Tour title with a back swap continuing 270, switch on 450 out, right 540 Japan, switch right 540 double Japan, slide to switch, switch on front swap to switch, switch left 5 Japan, left 9 tail. Her clean, practically flawless run earned her a 90.00 and the top podium spot.
“I love having a course with four jumps,” said Killi, “Because if you’re a professional freeskier, I think you should be able to ski every direction. This type of format really showcases what we’re capable of and I’m happy to be a part of this kind of progression in the sport.”
Tess Ledeux (FRA), came in just a point shy of Killi with an 89.00 for the second place win, and Sarah Hoefflin (SUI) scored 84.00 on her final run to take home third place.
Last night, under the lights of downtown Breckenridge, a massive crowd of spectators came out to watch the Ski and Snowboard Streetyle competitions. While the athletes rallied up and down the course during the jam format, in the end it was Keegan Kilbride (USA) who most impressed the judges on the ski side, with LJ Strenio (USA) coming in second and Quinn Wolferman (USA) third. Tim McChesney (USA) took best trick honors with a left 360 to 180 out to gap over the dumpster. Ozzy Henning (USA) took the win on the snowboard front, as well as best trick, with a front blunt pop over to switch 50-50. Brandon Davis (USA) took second place honors and Jesse Paul (USA) came in third.