The Toyota Championship marks the conclusion of the season, where this year’s Dew Cup champions will be crowned at Saturday’s awards ceremony in their respective disciplines – men’s and women’s snowboard slopestyle and superpipe and freeski slopestyle and superpipe.
Proving age is just a number are men’s snowboard slopestyle leaders Tyler Flanagan and Sage Kotsenburg, a pair of 16-year-olds holding the first- and second-place positions going into the finals. In order to steal the Cup from his friend, second-place Kostenburg will need Flanagan to finish third or lower at Mount Snow to claim the year-end title.
Defending Dew Cup champion Spencer O’Brien will be fighting to defend her title at Mount Snow as she sits in a 175-point deadlock with Jamie Anderson for the lead, with Jenny Jones, Winter X Games gold medalist, not far behind with 170 points. With a race this close and so much on the line, it could be anyone’s game. If Spencer can pull out a win, she will be the first person to win two consecutive Dew Cups on the Winter Dew Tour.
In men’s snowboard superpipe, last season’s runner-up Steve Fisher sits in position to take it all this year. Not far behind is 2002 Olympic bronze medalist JJ Thomas, who will need a first-place finish, coupled with Fisher taking third, to steal the Cup.
Coming into the women’s snowboard superpipe finals, the fight will be on for the title of Dew Cup champion. 2010 Olympian Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas will come up against third-place contender Kaitlyn Farrington and fellow youngster Kelly Marren in the quest for the Cup. With only fifteen points between the three, each run will be critical.
Freeski slopestyle will be a showdown for the podium, with a tie for both first and third places making it anyone’s game. Pittsburgh native Tom Wallisch will battle it out with potential rookie of the year Andreas Hatveit for the top spot, as both enter the Toyota Championship with 190 points. Sammy Carlson and Bobby Brown, two-time gold medalist at last weekend’s Winter X Games, are not far behind in third place, tied with 155 points. This race for the Dew Cup is the tightest by far, with so many big names needing every point they can get.
Sitting in first place in freeski pipe is Jossi Wells, whose 190 points give him a nice cushion over Simon Dumont’s 155 points. Wells needs to place in the top six to take home his first Dew Cup. Second place is up for grabs between Dumont and Xavier Bertoni, currently sitting in third with 150 points.
Sunday will host the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, the official amateur series of the Winter Dew Tour, as well as the Toyota Tricktopsy Big Air Presented by Real Player specialty competition. The stars of freeski, including Sammy Carlson, Bobby Brown, and TJ Schiller, will be throwing down their biggest tricks for the fans and the $5,000 in prize purse.
In addition to the competitions, the Toyota Championship will feature a daily Festival Village with interactive booths, athlete autograph signings, and free product giveaways.
The Snow Barn will play host to a Friday evening concert – headlined by folk rock band Alberta Cross and opening act The Constellations – as well as the Dew Cup awards ceremony on Saturday to close out the second year of the Winter Dew Tour. The Dew Cup awards ceremony will honor the top athletes in each of the Tour’s six disciplines (men’s and women’s snowboard slopestyle and superpipe; freeski slopestyle and superpipe), immediately followed by a performance by 40 oz. to Freedom.
Tickets for the Friday night Alberta Cross concert and Saturday awards ceremony, both starting at 9 pm, are just $15 with a $5 donation per ticket going toward the renovation of the Dover School playground. Tickets are on sale at www.allisports.com.