By Jill Adler
It was a one/one punch for freeride athletes when both the Dew Tour at Snowbasin and the U.S. Grand Prix of Snowboarding at The Canyons decided this was the ultimate ride weekend. It wasn’t nearly as plush for VIPs as the USSA Freestyle World Cup last week but who needs a free lunch and parking when there’s big prize money to be had?
Lindsey Jacobellis and Canyons mountain rider Jonathan Cheever busted out ahead of the pack in the snowboardcross course yesterday, landing a pair of U.S. Championship titles at the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix.
Jacobellis nailed herself a fourpeat gold medal at the X Games exactly two weeks ago and now has the Championship title. In a stacked men’s field, Cheever fell in behind Kevin Hill to take second but still managed to grab the U.S. crown.
U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix
Canyons, Park City, UT
1. Kevin Hill
2. Jonathan Cheever
3. Markus Schairer
4. Tony Ramoin
1. Lindsey Jacobellis
2. Deborah Anthonioz
3. Faye Gulini
4. Chloe Banning
Luke Mitrani of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 20, won his first major competition at the Toyota Dew Tour Snowboard Superpipe Championship, throwing down a smooth and stylish run to land him at the top of the podium. The only repeat offender of the afternoon yesterday was Kelly Clark, 27, who won the women’s snowboard superpipe final, crowning her the Dew Cup champion for the second time in her career. Despite Mitrani’s win, Louie Vito, 22, was crowned Dew Cup
“It was a great contest, the last stop of the Dew Tour, and the crowd was amazing. A really good energy,” said Mitrani. “I can’t believe I won. I’ve never won a contest this big so I’m really tripping.”
On the freeskiing side (and what I think is way more exciting to watch), Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA), Devin Logan (Dover, VT) and Jen Hudak (Salt Lake City) went one, two, three for a U.S. women’s sweep of the halfpipe skiing Winter Dew Tour competition.
In a heated men’s competition, the day’s halfpipe wasn’t just about a win, but an overall Dew Tour title as well. France’s Kevin Rolland and Simon Dumont (Bethel, ME) had gone back and forth throughout the year for the leader’s position, but it was Roland who ultimately took not only the title, but the win for the day as well.
Rolland threw down two huge doubles and a flawless left double 12 for a final score of 96.50, the highest in Winter Dew Tour history for superpipe skiing.
For video of today’s action please go to alli sports.com and check it out…
2011 Winter Dew Tour
Ogden, UT – Feb. 12, 2011
1. Kevin Rolland, France, 96.50
2. Benoit Valentin, France, 90.25
3. Byron Wells, New Zealand, 84.25
4. David Wise, Reno, NV, 83.00
6. Simon Dumont, Bethel, ME, 81.00
9. Duncan Adams, Breckenridge, CO, 76.00
10. Tucker Perkins, North Hampton, NH, 75.25
1. Brita Sigourney, Carmel, CA, 92.00
2. Devin Logan, Dover, VT, 91.00
3. Jen Hudak, Salt Lake City, 90.00
4. Maddie Bowman, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 85.75
The four-day competition at Snowbasin is the third and final stop on the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour season featuring men and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing disciplines. The Toyota Championship culminates with the snowboard and freeski slopestyle finals today.