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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated as of Tuesday, December 8 at 9:00 p.m. MST
Day two of the Dew Tour started off cold, windy and snowing. Those are words you don’t usually want to ever associate with on a practice day. With winds being the biggest concern of the day, most competitors didn’t even hit the last jump of the course. When the afternoon session rolled around, thankfully the sun was out and the top of the course was a more consistent tail wind. The bottom of the course was an aggressive headwind for the majority of the day and I only saw a handful of guys doing tricks on the final jump.
Some of today’s highlights included the Swiss duo of Fabian Bösch and Andri Ragettli still throwing down heavy dubs despite the poor weather. For the majority of competitors, today was a great time to focus on the rail sections of the course. Highlights on the rails were from ABM doing “lazy-boy’s” on to the first rail, Henrik [Harlaut] doing a massive gap to lip-slide on the third feature, and Evan McEachran casually stomping a nose-butter 450 to pretzel 270 the first feature.
The day for me on the other hand started off very slow. With my first lap being one of the few times I’ve hit a jump and could feel the wind pushing my skis and body all over the place. Since the wind was putting a downer on the jumps, I decided to focus more on the rail section of my run.
By late afternoon, the wind was consistent enough to do setup tricks for my first two jumps, along with a dub. I was glad to have a fun practice towards the end. I really hope the weather calms down for the competition on Thursday. Tomorrow is a much-needed down day from practice.
Up early and ready to ride. Today kicked off the annual Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado. With a stacked field ready to go, practice was quite the show.
First run through, I was happy to follow in Willie Borm to get the speed for the jumps. The jumps this year are a little bit smaller than in years past, but provide plenty of kick to get your tricks down solid. For the majority of the morning, everyone was taking it easy and getting comfortable with the course. One of the highlights of this course is the amount of rail combinations you can take.
Overall, it was a solid first practice day. For some of us these were the biggest jumps we’ve hit in a month or so. It honestly took me awhile to feel comfortable on the course today. Windy conditions in the morning made finding the correct speed a bit difficult. Thankfully, by the afternoon, I was able to figure the speed out and had an awesome rest of the day putting my run together.
Looking forward to another day of practice tomorrow!
Catch another angle of this year’s Dew Tour slopestyle course, courtesy of Joss Christensen, here.