Breckenridge to debut 22-foot halfpipe during Winter Dew Tour; resort announces team

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 13, 2010 8:21 am

When Winter Dew Tour organizers announced that Killington will replace the Mount Snow stop on the Tour this season due to the athletes preference towards 22-foot superpipes, many wondered what the ripple effect would be for the rest of the event stops. Killington and Snowbasin already featured the Olympic-sized halfpipe, with Breckenridge the lone Dew Tour resort sticking to the 18-footer.

Then just last week, Summit County’s Copper Mountain unveiled a 22-foot Zaug pipe cutter, with plans to once again open the first full-sized halfpipe in the country this season.

Never one to play second fiddle, Breckenridge and Vail Resorts today announced they too will join the club;  Freeway Terrain Park will now include a 22-foot superpipe for 2010-11. This is the first major facelift for Breckenridge’s Freeway Terrain Park since its inception in 1999.

“Breckenridge has been known for having the best park and pipe for as long as I can remember, says 2010 Dew Tour Cup Champion and Breckenridge Team Rider, JJ Thomas. “And now with a 22-foot halfpipe on site, it’s going to be amazing.”

Photo left: Construction is already underway for the larger pipe – Courtesy: Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge has had a long history with snowboarding and freesking, hosting one of the first major snowboard competitions, The World’s, in 1984 and was the first ski resort to maintain a halfpipe all season long. The new 22-foot version will be maintained all season and is slated to debut live on NBC during the Winter Dew Tour, Dec. 16-19, 2010.

Master Pipe builder Nick Simon is tasked with building the new pipe and says he’s up for the job. “This is like a dream come true. We’ve worked hard to make our parks top-notch and I’m stoked to take it to the next level.” Simon has been with Breckenridge Ski Resort for 11 years and has the resume to make the perfect 22-footer. He began his career at Breckenridge in snowmaking in 1999. After working his way to pipe cutting in the terrain park, Simon is now considered one of the best in the world. “We have taken our time and are doing it right. The Terrain Park crew is excited to be able to boost the caliber of not only the halfpipe, but the entire terrain park and improve the experience for our guests and athletes.”

“With a 22-foot pipe Breck has solidified its place in the snow industry as the very pinnacle of freestyle snowboarding and skiing,” says two-time XGames Gold Medalist, Steve Fisher. “As a resident and team rider, I won’t need to travel anywhere else to train anymore. I will only need to travel to compete.”

Breckenridge Team Rider and freeskiing sensation Bobby Brown agrees, “Having a 22-foot pipe in Summit County all season will elevate the sport as well as my own progression. It will put Breckenridge miles ahead of any other resort”

The Breckenridge Freeride Team will be the first to ride the resort’s new Freeway Terrain Park, including the 22-foot pipe, just prior to the Dew Tour.



The 2010-11 Breckenridge Freeride Team includes:

Jake Black
Zack Black
Madison Ellsworth
Brett Esser
Steve Fisher
Leslie Glenn
Chanelle Sladics
JJ Thomas
Ryan Thompson
Eric Willett
NEW! Janna Meyen Weatherby
NEW! Nate Kern
NEW! Chris Willett

Duncan Adams
Bobby Brown
Adam Delorme
Banks Gilberti
Anna Segal
Chris Hawks
Keri Herman
Nick Martini
Tanner Rainville
Grant Savidge
Colby West
NEW! Pat Goodnough
NEW! Emilia Wint