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Olympic Qualifying Hypes Dew Tour At Breckenridge

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Snowboarder gets the height he needs to win Dew Tour. (Dew Tour/Facebook)

For more than a decade, the Dew Tour has attracted the top freestyle skiers and riders from around the world. This year, it will also be an Olympic qualifying event.

Set for Dec. 14-17 at Breckenridge, the annual gathering will bring top skiers and snowboarders for both individual and team competitions in super half-pipe and slopestyle events.

Flyin' high off the super pipe at Breckenridge. (Dew Tour/Facebook)

Events will be held on lower section of Peak 8, which can be best reached by taking the BreckConnect gondola from the base. Slopestyle events are a short hike while super pipe requires a ride up Rip’s Ride (Chair 7) or Chair 5. Foot traffic is permitted with a free ride up the lift. Events are free to general spectators; VIP locales cost.

In addition to prize money, Americans will vie for points in half-pipe and slopestyle skiing and snowboarding that lead toward qualifying for their national teams for the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. Para-athletes also look to qualify with a good result at the Colorado resort.

A number of 2016 Dew Tour champions are expected to return to defend their titles, while some 24 medalists at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 have indicated they will show up at Breckenridge as well. Among them will be gold medalist Maddy Bowman in women’s  half-pipe and legendary half-piper Shaun White.

Navigating the slopestyle features at Breckenridge. (Dew Tour/Facebook)

Canada’s Mark McMorris seeks to win his fifth straight Dew Tour title in snowboard slopestyle, while American Jamie Anderson will defend her snowboard slopestyle crown.

Team competitions will feature jib, jump and pipe events, with teams sponsored by various winter sports manufacturers.

For a schedule of events, click here

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