WEST DOVER, Vermont — Freestyle skiing and snowboarding’s elite athletes will converge in southern Vermont January 8-11, 2009, as officials announced today that Mount Snow has been selected as the only East Coast stop of the AST Winter Dew Tour.
The announcement comes on the heels of Mount Snow’s decision to turn its Carinthia mountain face into a massive, 95-acre terrain park system, making it the largest freestyle destination in the East.
After several years of successful summer tours, this is the Dew Tour’s inaugural winter series. The event features slopestyle and superpipe disciplines in both skiing and snowboarding, with top athletes like Simon Dumont, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter and Jen Hudak expected to compete. It will be televised live on NBC.
“We are extremely excited to have Mount Snow Resort as a host for the inaugural AST Winter Dew Tour,” said Wade Martin, AST President. “We feel that Mount Snow Resort is a great fit for the AST and we look forward to the AST Winter Tour being as successful as the AST Summer Dew Tour.”
“The timing couldn’t be better,” said Kelly Pawlak, Mount Snow General Manager. “We want to show the world that Mount Snow is taking East Coast freestyle skiing and snowboarding to new levels. It’s really an honor to host the Winter Dew Tour.”
“I’m so excited that Mount Snow will be hosting the AST,” said pro snowboarder Kelly Clark, who grew up riding at Mount Snow Academy. “I’m really excited to compete at such a high level event in front of my hometown and ride my favorite mountain.”
Mount Snow opened the first freestyle terrain park in the East in 1992 and hosted the ESPN X-Games in 2000 and 2001.
The Dew tour features three separate stops over the winter, with a cumulative points system and a $1.5 million competitive purse spread across the three events. Lifestyle elements at each stop include the Festival Village, with video gaming and interactive events, as well as live cutting edge music. More information can be found at www.ast.com.
The complete 2008/2009 AST Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Dec. 18-21: Breckenridge Ski Resort ??вЂњ Breckenridge, Colo.
Jan. 8-11: Mount Snow Resort ??вЂњ West Dover, Vt.
Feb. 19-22: Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort ??вЂњ Lake Tahoe, Calif.
For more information on Mount Snow, visit www.mountsnow.com, or contact Luke Q. Stafford, Communications Manager, at 802-464-4013 or [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email].