Friday’s excitement continued on the slopestyle course with the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final. Although all of the women threw down over-the-top tricks, it was Jamie Anderson who ultimately came out on top. Big tricks such as her 270 out on the upper rails, backside 540 mute to Cab 720 tail and huge frontside 720 on the bottom money booter, helped Anderson earn her third consecutive first place finish with a score of 96.25. Rounding out the podium were Enni Rukajärvi of Finland with a score of 93.25 and Christy Prior of New Zealand with a score of 90.00.
“I am inspired by these ladies every day, and the energy of the competition,” said Anderson. “For me, it’s fun. It’s so inspiring to be out in here in the mountains and do what I love and progressing in the sport.”
That evening, fans caught some of the action up close and personal during a unique streetstyle competition in downtown Breckenridge. Fans lined the streets, while snowboard and, for the first time, freeski athletes hit the course, which incorporated various street elements, such as rails, stairs and more, during the 30-minute jam session. Darcy Sharpe was awarded top honors in snowboarding for the second year, while Kael Hill earned best trick with his hardway back 360 to 5-0. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand was the overall freeski winner, with Pat Goodnough earning best trick for his zero spin bomb drop.
Saturday kicked off at the Women’s Snowboard Superpipe final. All eyes were on Dew Tour veteran Kelly Clark as she battled it out with up-and-comers Chloe Kim, fourteen, and local competitor Arielle Gold. By just half a point, Clark was able to reclaim her top spot with impressive tricks like a huge back 50 and a solid frontside 720, earning her a score of 95.50, followed by Kim with a score of 95.00 and Gold with a score of 90.50.
“I was really happy to come out and put down a good run to end up in the top spot,” said Clark of her win. “I thought the other women rode really well and I think it’s going to be an exciting winter for women’s snowboarding, based on what we’re seeing here at the Dew Tour.”
The men took over the pipe next, where Taylor Gold proved it’s all in the family after his sister, Arielle’s, third place finish earlier in the day. Earning his first-ever snowboard superpipe Dew Cup, Gold hit a Method on his first hit, frontside 1260, backside double Michalchuck, air to fakie, cab 1080 into a frontside 1080 for a final score of 90.50. Joining him on the podium was Yiwei Zhang of China and Australian up-and-comer Scotty James, with scores of 88.75 and 88.25, respectively.
“I’m blown away – I did not think I was going to win today. It really just came together,” said regional favorite Gold. “I’ve watched the events since they started doing them, and it’s crazy to be in this position. I’m beyond stoked!”
Dew Tour wrapped up its tenth anniversary season with Snowboard Slopestyle Finals. Sochi Olympians went head-to-head to earn top honors on the final day of competitions at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Top men’s snowboarders hit the slopestyle course directly following the freeski competition. All eyes were on defending Dew Cup winner Mark McMorris after squeezing into the finals with the top score in the last chance qualifier, but it was Chas Guldemond who came out on top. The Sochi competitor was the only U.S. athlete to make it into the finals.
“This is my first win in Breckenridge and it means so much to get back on the podium,” said Guldemond. “It’s been a climb these past couple years.”
Top tricks, including a 270 onto the Nixon 20+ handrail, 450 off the Mountain Dew handrail, switch double wildcat, cab 1080, cab 270 onto Toyota rainbow rail, 1260 into a backside double cork 1080, helped earn Guldemond his final score of 92.00. Canadian Olympic competitor Sebastien Toutant and up-and-comer Tyler Nicholson rounded out the podium with scores of 87.75 and 80.00, respectively.
Approximately 40,000 people experienced the Dew Tour Mountain Championships throughout the four-day event at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final Standings
1. Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 96.25. 2. Enni Rukajärvi, Finland, 93.25. 3. Christy Prior, New Zealand, 90.00. 4. Spencer O’Brien, Canada, 86.25. 5. Sina Candrian, Switzerland, 71.25. 6. Anna Gasser, Australia, 24.75.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final Standings
1. Kelly Clark, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 95.50. 2. Chloe Kim, Torrance, Calif., 95.00, 3. Arielle Gold, Steamboat Spring, Colo., 90.50. 4. Xuetong Cai, China, 76.50. 5. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 73.25. 6. Hannah Teter, Belmont, Vt., 35.50.
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final Standings
1. Taylor Gold, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 90.50. 2. Yiwei Zhang, China, 88.75. 3. Scotty James, Australia, 88.25. 4. Brett Esser, Breckenridge, Colo., 85.75. 5. Ayumu Hirano, Japan, 84.00. 6. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 83.75. 7. Taku Hiraoka, Japan, 80.50. 8. Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 79.75. 9. Danny Davis, Highland, Mich., 78.75. 10. Chase Josey, Sun Valley, Idaho, 70.75. 11. Ben Ferguson, Bend, Org., 61.00. 12. Arthur Longo, France, 49.00.
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final Standings
1. Chas Guldemond, Truckee, Calif., 92.00. 2. Sebastien Toutant, Canada, 87.75. 3. Tyler Nicholson, Canada, 80.00. 4. Peetu Piiroinen, Finland, 76.75. 5. Mark McMorris, Canada, 72.50. 6. Emil Andre Ulsletten, Norway, 70.00. 7. Janne Korpi, Finland, 66.75. 8. Sven Thorgren, Sweden, 55.00. 9. Mikey Ciccarelli, Canada, 45.50. 10. Seppe Smits, Belguim, 24.25. 11. Aleksander Østreng, Norway, 16.00. 12. Yuki Kadono, Japan, 13.50.