For the first time in Winter Dew Tour history, there will be more than one chance to make it into the Tour. An additional 100 athletes will be invited to compete in Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ), giving new, up-and-coming talent the chance to perform on an international platform.
The athletes chosen to participate in the LCQ's will be based on the open qualifier rankings coming out of the Nike 6.0 Open that was held earlier in the season at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
On the snowboarding side, Seth Hill is one of the recruits who was happy to hear the news of LCQs.
"The Winter Dew Tour is the first contest of the year with the biggest jumps and the biggest course, so it's hard to qualify in and this is one more chance to compete in the Dew Tour scene," Hill said. "This just gives us one more opportunity to compete in one of the best contests of the year so I think it's awesome for sure."
The top 15 men and 7 women per Dew Cup discipline along with available wildcard spots will be advanced into this unique event based on the Open Qualifier rankings from the Nike 6.0 Open. From the LCQ's 5 men and 3 women will advance onto prelims. In addition, through the support of Paul Mitchell, there will be expanded women's freeski slopestyle and superpipe competitions in Snowbasin.
Another invited athlete is freeskier Nick Goepper, who's been doing well in the Dew Tour slopestyle this season through his wildcard entry.
"I think LCQs provide a great opportunity for those guys who didn't do so well here, but are wanting to get back at it and get back in the Tour and do well," Goepper said. "It gives those guys who didn't do well in Open Qualifiers the chance to go back out, train hard, sharpen their skills and come back swinging in Snowbasin."