Mac Miller Headlines FREE Friday Night Concert on Ogdenâ€™s Historic 25th Street
Burr Ridge, Ill. â€“ Feb. 3, 2012 â€“ The Winter Dew Tour culminates next weekend with the Toyota Championships at Snowbasin, a Sun Valley Resort, in Utah. The best winter action sports athletes will descend on the resort to battle it out for the Dew Cup in snowboarding and freeskiing superpipe and slopestyle disciplines. With impressive crowds packing the mountain for the competitions, the 2011 Toyota Championships saw the highest attended Winter Dew Tour event on the Tour. This year, the Toyota Championships will air finals competitions live on NBC at Saturday, February 11 at 2:00PM EST and Sunday, February 12 at 3:00PM EST.
â€œWe are excited to have the Winter Dew Tour back again this year and be the host of the season ending championship event, which is anticipated to bring $6 million into Utahâ€™s economy and provide approximately $6 million in promotional value to Utah,â€ said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. â€œThe event will have 7 hours of original programming on NBC and NBC Sports Network and have broadcasts on Eurosport2, Fox Sports Australia and the Extreme Channel, which will showcase the event and highlight Utah’s beautiful winter landscape to national and international audiences.â€
Salt Lake local Louie Vito will be coming to Snowbasin with one goal in mind â€“ to become the first male winter sports athlete to win the Dew Cup for two consecutive years. After landing on the podium just shy of a win at the first two stops of the season, Vito will need to take the top spot in Snowbasin to claim the Cup. He finds his most threatening competition in Iouri Podladtchikov, the winner of Killingtonâ€™s Pantech Invitational and current leader in the Tour standings by a mere two points. In slopestyle there is no shortage of fresh faces and up-and-comers eager to make a name for themselves on the international stage of the Winter Dew Tour. Sebastien Toutantâ€™s pair of second place finishes puts him in the lead for the Dew Cup, but Gjermund Braaten, who burst onto the scene with a smooth and technical run at the Nike Open in Breckenridge, is not one to be counted out of contention.
Menâ€™s Freeski Superpipe is set to be a heated competition, as the season has shown more than one athlete can have what it takes to win on any given day. Kevin Rolland has a chance to repeat his 2011 Dew Cup performance while holding a narrow lead in the Tour standings, while Torin Yater-Wallace, fresh off taking the first Dew Tour win of his pro career, can also claim the Cup if he tops the podium again. Salt Lake City local Tom Wallisch has all but locked up the Freeski Slopestyle Dew Cup with two first place finishes this season, but hot on his heels is Nick Goepper, who has landed on the podium twice this year. A stellar run from Goepper could bring him the Cup, if Wallisch fails to meet his usual level of perfection on the course.
Kelly Clark and Gretchen Bleiler will face off in a winner-takes-all battle in the Snowbasin superpipe. Clark, the former gold medalist and reigning Dew Cup champion, has ruled the womenâ€™s snowboard contest circuit, not losing a halfpipe event since the Winter Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge in 2010. There will be no shortage of excitement as Bleiler attempts to end Clarkâ€™s streak at the top. Spencer Oâ€™Brien blew away the competition on the slopestyle course in Breckendrige. If she is able to repeat at the Toyota Championships, sheâ€™ll walk away with the Dew Cup, which sheâ€™s had her sights on since she last won it in 2009.
For the first time in Winter Dew Tour history, the top female freeskiers will be competing for a Dew Cup. Just a few weeks ago, the ladies met at the Pantech Invitational for a glimpse of what they would be up against for the championship title. Maddie Bowman took the top spot on the superpipe podium, but with the level of competition so close, the season title in Snowbasin is anyoneâ€™s for the taking. Kaya Turski is coming in hot to the Toyota Championships after winning at the Pantech Invitational and claiming an X Games gold medal on consecutive weekends. Sheâ€™ll be fighting off Devin Logan and Emilia Wint for the first womenâ€™s Freeski Slopestyle Dew Cup.
In addition to the exciting competition throughout the weekend, the Winter Dew Tour will host a FREE Mac Miller concert on historic 25th Street in downtown Ogden on Friday, February 10, at 9:00pm. Mac Miller grew up in Pittsburgh with a musical aptitude that already far surpasses most other hip-hop lyricists. His August 2011 debut â€œK.I.D.S.â€ took the music industry by storm, earning critical acclaim from well-respected hip-hop magazines and websites. Macâ€™s upbeat rhymes are sure to hype the Winter Dew Tour crowd for a weekend full of non-stop action.
The full schedule of events for the Toyota Championships is as follows:
Thursday, Feb. 9th â€“ Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM
8:00 AM â€“ 4:00 PM Practice for all disciplines
Friday, Feb. 10th â€“ Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM
10:00 AM â€“ 11:30 AM
Womenâ€™s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final
11:00 AM â€“ 12:00 PM
Womenâ€™s Freeski Superpipe Semi-Final
11:30 AM â€“ 1:50 PM
Menâ€™s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final
12:00 PM â€“ 1:30 PM
Menâ€™s Freeski Superpipe Semi-Final
3:30 PM â€“ 4:30 PM
Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Menâ€™s Freeski Slopestyle Final
4:30 PM â€“ 5:30 PM
Womenâ€™s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final
5:30 PM â€“ 7:30 PM
Menâ€™s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final
9:00 PM â€“ 11:00 PM
Mac Miller Concert
Saturday, Feb. 11th â€“ Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM
9:00 AM â€“ 10:15 AM
Womenâ€™s Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final
10:15 AM â€“ 12:30 PM
Menâ€™s Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final
11:00 AM â€“ 11:40 AM
Womenâ€™s Snowboard Superpipe Final
12:00 PM â€“ 1:30 PM
Menâ€™s Snowboard Superpipe Final
2:15 PM â€“ 3:15 PM
Gatorade Free Flow Tour â€“ Womenâ€™s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
3:30 PM â€“ 4:30 PM
Gatorade Free Flow Tour â€“ Menâ€™s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
5:00 PM â€“ 5:40 PM
Womenâ€™s Freeski Superpipe Final
6:00 PM â€“ 7:00 PM
Menâ€™s Freeski Superpipe Final
Sunday, Feb. 12th â€“ Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM
9:00 AM â€“ 9:40 AM
Womenâ€™s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
10:00 AM â€“ 11:00 AM
Menâ€™s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
12:00 PM â€“ 12:40 PM
Womenâ€™s Freeski Slopestyle Final
1:00 PM â€“ 2:30 PM
Menâ€™s Freeski Slopestyle Final
2:30 PM â€“ 3:30 PM
Dew Cup Awards
2:30 PM â€“ 3:30 PM
Gatorade Free Flow Tour â€“ Womenâ€™s Snowboard Superpipe Final
4:00 PM â€“ 5:00 PM
Gatorade Free Flow Tour â€“ Menâ€™s Snowboard Superpipe Final
5:30 PM â€“ 6:30 PM
Gatorade Free Flow Tour â€“ Menâ€™s Freeski Superpipe Final
**Schedule is subject to change. To stay up to date on the action, follow live updates via the Dew Tour on Twitter**
Running through the entire weekend, the Festival Village offers something for everyone attending the Dew Tour. Visit the Pantech tent to test out the newest cell phones, play pool or air hockey at Paul Mitchell, and grab a ride all weekend in one of Toyotaâ€™s free shuttles.
For additional Winter Dew Tour event information, visit www.Allisports.com and the Dew Tour Facebook page.
The complete 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event Date Location
Nike Open Dec. 15-18 Breckenridge Ski Resort â€“ Breckenridge, Colo.
Pantech Invitational Jan. 19-22 Killington Resort â€“ Killington, Vt.
Toyota Championships Feb. 9-12 Snowbasin Resort â€“ Ogden,Utah
Closing out 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 seasonâ€™s end to champions in each of the eight disciplines. The 2010-11 Dew Cup champions include Louie Vito (menâ€™s snowboard superpipe), Kelly Clark (womenâ€™s snowboard superpipe), Torstein Horgmo (menâ€™s snowboard slopestyle), Jamie Anderson (womenâ€™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.