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Winter Dew Tour 2010-2011

Winter Dew Tour 2011

Winter Dew Tour 2010-2011

The third annual 2010-2011 Winter Dew Tour will again focus the eyes of the acute skiing and snowboarding world on Breckenridge December 16-19! This year the stakes have been elevated for Breckenridge Ski Resort’s award-winning Terrain Park, which now features a fresh twenty two foot Olympic level superpipe! The new park and halfpipe will debut live on NBC for the 1st stop of the Winter Dew Tour.

The Winter Dew Tour is composed of 3 major, multi-sport events, with an accumulative points system, and a $1.5 million competitive cash purse. Each event features snowboard (halfpipe and slopestyle ) and freeskiing (halfpipe and slopestyle ). At the 2011 season’s end, the general points leaders are crowned year-end champions and awarded the distinguished 2011 Dew Cup. As a part of an Alli property, key way of living elements enhance the competitions at every Tour event, including the Holiday Town, speciality competitions, and live cutting edge music performances.

The Winter Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC Sports, with extra competition and way of living broadcasts on MTV, MTV2 and USA. The Winter Dew Tour is also distributed on Fuel TV, Universal HD, and globally on Eurosport, Fox Australia and Intense Channel. Current Winter Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew, Toyota, Nike 6.0, Verizon, Bullfighter by Jack Links, Power Bar, Paul Mitchell, Ball Park and State Guard.

The competition areas and Festival Village are located at Peak 8, which can be reached by riding the gondola to the base from Breckenridge Station.

To access competition areas by skiing or snowboarding, ride Chair 5 to 4 O’Clock to Freeway Terrain Park. Courses can also be reached by hiking from the gondola at the base of Peak 8.

Gondola Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
Closed Runs: Twister and Freeway (Freeway open for spectators)

For more info, visit www.Allisports.com.

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Halfpipe Competitions – How do they work?

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Typically, in halfpipe competitions like in the Olympics, each snowboarder get 2 runs down the pipe to impress the judges. Beginning at the very top, they drop down one of the walls and take off on the other side to try their first trick, which is usually a high grab trick, allowing them to increase their speed and set up for bigger tricks down the halfpipe.

The snowboarder then gets about 6 to 8 jumps in each run as he/she makes their way down the halfpipe, trying to land their best tricks on both walls. The strategy is to score points by landing or “sticking” different tricks, such as spins, flips and grabs.

Loud music gets the competitors and the crowd pumped up as the athletes do their tricks and most riders even snowboard with headphones on. This helps to drowned out the noise of the crowd and allows them to focus.

The 5 judges can each award up to ten points. One judge assesses the straight air tricks, one judges the tricks with rotations, one judges the height, or “amplitude” of the tricks, and 2 give marks for overall impression based totally on the diversity of tricks and the general flow.

Straight airs regularly involve grabbing the board in the air. Rotations involve vertical flips, horizontal spins. Extra points are awarded for “switch” tricks, which is when the snowboard is essentially riding backwards with their opposite foot going forward.

Judges subtract points for falls, contact with the snow, unsound body position, bad landings and slowing down. The rider’s best score of the 2 runs is counted, and the top 12 men and twelve girls qualify for the finals.

All snowboarders are required to wear helmets, especially in the half-pipe, where these athletes can soar up to 25 feet above the halfpipe deck. Snowboarders usually wear baggy clothing to permit free movement while riding. Snowboarding is also heavily influenced by style – not only do you have to ride your best, but you also have to look your best while doing it!

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Double McTwist 1260 – Shaun White

The bar has been raised once again by one of the world greatest snowboarders to ever shred the half-pipe. Shaun White has added another competition killer to his bag of tricks with the newly dialed-in Double McTwist 1260!

Yes, it looks just as insane as it sounds – Three & a half rotations plus two off axis flips … If that makes your snowboard pants wet just thinking about, then I suggest watching the video below, maybe a few times…

This red-head is an animal and the double mctwist 1260 snowboard half-pipe trick will be blowing away the competition all through 2011! It is on par with the new double cork flips and spins that snowboarders are hucking on the terrain park jumps. Now, Shaun White has definitely solidified himself as the worlds best. Especially after taking the gold medal in the 2010 winter Olympics! The Silver Medal run by Peetu Piiroinen was hardly close in comparison to Shaun White’s amplitude of air and tricks. However, Scott Lago’s riding was on par with Peetu, it will be interesting to see how he does in the 2011 snowboard half-pipe competitions.

Shaun White’s double mctwist 1260 is a crazy halfpipe trick, but is it really surprising that he is progressing so fast? Red Bull energy drinks have built him his own private snowboarding halfpipe in the mountains around Silverthorn, Colorado. Plus Red Bull can provide the best coaches and Burton provides the best snowboard equipment. Not to mention, there are now giant landing air bags available that allow you to huck your meat without consequences! The only other place these are available for snowboarders is at High Cascade Snowboard Camps and Woodwards – but it is totally worth the tuition!

Pray for snow and check the Snowboard Halfpipe blog for more updates on the 2011 half-pipe competition circuit!

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Snowboard Halfpipe Riding Tricks & Tips

Snowboard Halfpipe Ticks & Tips

Snowboard Halfpipe Ticks & Tips

Snowboarding in the halfpipe is the next step in progressing your riding skills. In today’s media it¹s the half-pipe that gets all the attention. The following tips will help any rider get started riding the halfpipe.

Snowboard Halfpipe – Riding Tips & Tricks

Before entering the halfpipe, ride to a wide-open slope with a decent pitch and work on doing a “falling leaf.”

This maneuver is basically a pendulum-like movement to the right and to the left, progressing downhill. Start on your heel-side and do a traverse looking in the direction of travel and swing both arms to that direction. Proceed about 3-4 yards distance, edge to a stop, then swing both arms to the opposite direction, weighting the tail of the board, looking back to that opposite direction, and ride switch for about 3-4 yards to a stop. Heel-side is skeletal using body strength, whereas toe-side relies on muscle, which is why we are stronger doing the falling leaf heel-side.

Practice making carved turns in the halfpipe.

Beginning snowboarders make skidded turns which scrub speed (slow you down) as they drag the tail of the board through the turn, whereas the carved turn shows a clear letter C in the snow, cutting the path of the board edge from front to rear without lateral skid.

Imagine the ski trail you are on as narrow, and try to make short radius turns rather than those wide traverses. Half-pipes are not wide and the more comfortable you are with narrow terrain, the happier you will be when in the halfpipe.

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Snowboard Halfpipe Diagram

Halfpipe Etiquette – Know the Rules

Read the terrain park and halfpipe signs posted by the resort, Snowboarders should adhere to strict standards – set a good example and properly represent the sport. Spend a few minutes at the half-pipe and you will see how it works: everyone waits patiently for his or her turn and there is no cutting of the line. A raised hand or spoken word announces who is going next – Yell, “Dropping!”. It is casual, but very specific. Lastly, a person should never enter the pipe until the previous rider has exited.

Drop into the Halfpipe

The halfpipe is one of the safest places for beginning snowboarders. Riders can’t fall off the trail because the sides are high, and they won¹t fall out – AKA “decked” or “cased”. The only scary part is actually entering, like jumping off a diving board.

The first time, you should enter the halfpipe heel-side at the very top with a jump in. Simply stay on that edge doing the falling leaf the entire length of the halfpipe wall, and if you are up for it the second time, occasionally switching to toe-side then back to heel-side.

Picture the half-pipe space as a rather narrow trail. People make the error of trying to go straight across, but it is better to snowboard down on an angle. In other words, snowboard across and down the halfpipe, not just across. You won¹t have as many jumps, tricks or “hits,” but your speed will carry you further.

The “falling leaf technique” will give you a feeling for the halfpipe surface and an understanding of how, by pumping your legs in the flat you can use the speed to go slightly up the half-pipe side walls. Just like pumping your legs on a swing, you go higher and higher. Snowboard in the same motion, going up and down, bending and straightening your knees. Don¹t forget that your head faces the direction of travel and your arms act like the pendulum of a clock.

Practice Tricks & Continue Learning

Now get riding! The big thing in riding the halfpipe is being comfortable and not intimidated. Commit to it! Fear causes muscles to stiffen and stiff muscles don¹t turn a snowboard! Go back to the ski trails and work on your turns, then go back to the halfpipe and try doing some short radius turns. The better you can carve, the more speed you will have in the pipe; the more speed you have, the higher you will go. Your snowboard success in the halfpipe is truly predicated upon your success on the trail so work on those basics and go for it – ride the pipe!

If you are still having trouble, how about signing up for a lesson? A half-pipe clinic will save you the hard knock way of self-education.

Also, check out these resources for more advanced lessons.

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