Though the morning promised sunshine, clouds blew in around midday, flattening the lighting on the 65-foot slopestyle jump. Despite the tough light, athletes continued to ramp up their tricks ahead of Friday’s Dew Tour Breckenridge 2016 kickoff.
Colby Stevenson took no prisoners with his laid out switch double cork 1080 and McRae Williams continued his clinic of style with a switch 900 stale. There were a few hard bails, but speed and amplitude were no issue on the Snow Park Technology booter.
With nearly nine hours of training time under their belts before dropping into competition, athletes spent Thursday refining their jib runs and perfecting speed on the jump.
“It’s great to have all of this practice time,” said men’s slopestyle competitor, Vinny Gagnier. “Especially with all of these rail options, it takes a while to figure it all out.”
Gagnier, who has had a lot of success in big air events in recent years, paid special attention to the rail section Thursday, noting that he was, “almost there, but just had a few things to work out before being ready to go.”
The men lead off Dew Tour Breckenridge 2016 ski action Friday, December 9, as men’s slopestyle jumps gets started at 9 a.m. MST.