Adaptive Snowboarding is returning to Dew Tour Breckenridge for the second consecutive year, and athletes are set to drop-in and carve up the banked slalom course designed specifically for this event. This year the event has been sanctioned as a Nor Am competition by World Para Snowboard to serve as an opportunity for athletes to earn crucial Paralympic qualifying points.

Mike Shea in route to winning the first-ever Dew Tour Adaptive Snowboarding event Presented by Toyota. Photo: Crosland

Last year’s event was a great success. Participating athletes occasionally found themselves sharing the course with legendary snowboarder Terje Hakonsen, which added even more stoke to their time shredding.

Lifting off, Bibian Mental caught some airtime mid run on the banked slalom course during her winning run at the first-ever Dew Tour Adaptive Snowboarding event presented by Tacoma. Photo: Crosland

U.S. Paralympic medalist Amy Purdy confirmed that she will return to Dew Tour ready to ride. Purdy played an integral role last year in connecting the dots between her non-profit, Adaptive Action Sports (AAS), Toyota and Dew Tour to bring the event to life and as presented by Toyota. Toyota has been one of Purdy’s sponsors since 2012, a partner of AAS since 2014, and an original founding partner of Dew Tour. Unfortunately Purdy was unable to compete last year at contest time due to an injury. Expect big things from Purdy and the rest of the adaptive snowboarders when they compete at Dew Tour Breckenridge on Friday, December 15.

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Both men and women podium winners and the Adaptive Action Sports founders, Amy Purdy and Daniel Gale, and the Toyota yeti. Photo: Crosland

DEW TOUR DEBUTS WORLD PARA SNOWBOARD ADAPTIVE SNOWBOARD COMPETITION PRESENTED BY TOYOTA

Second Consecutive Year of Adaptive Snowboarding at Winter Dew Tour | U.S. Paralympic Medalist Amy Purdy Scheduled to Compete

November 16, 2017 (Carlsbad, Calif.) — Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network announced today that for the first time, a men's and women's World Para Snowboard (WPSB) sanctioned Nor Am snowboarding competition will be added to the Winter Dew Tour at Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colo., December 14-17. Dew Tour's WPSB competition, presented by Toyota and in partnership with World Para Snowboard and Adaptive Action Sports and the U.S. Paralympic Association will take place on Friday, December 15 as part of the annual ski and snowboard competition and festival. Already confirmed to compete is Toyota's star adaptive snowboarding athlete and U.S. Paralympic Bronze medalist Amy Purdy. WPSB and Adaptive Action Sports, the action sports organization co-founded by Purdy and her husband Daniel Gale, have teamed up with Dew Tour to serve as the sport organizers of the competition. Last year marked the first time adaptive snowboarding was featured at Winter Dew Tour.

“I am so thrilled that we will be heading into our second year of the Dew Tour," said Purdy. "I was not able to compete last year due to injury, but I will be there this year to compete along side all the amazing athletes on the adaptive circuit. We continue to partner with Toyota in so many ways that have helped to grow and elevate our sport. Toyota has provided ongoing support and exposure for the world to see what is possible and I am so proud to be a Team Toyota athlete.”

"We are honored to collaborate with partners Toyota, WPSB, Adaptive Action Sports and Breckenridge to hold our second year of adaptive competition at Dew Tour," said Adam Cozens, Vice President and GM of Dew Tour. "Last year's competition was inspiring and intense as the athletes battled in snowy conditions on the course. Veteran Dew Tour athletes and fans enthusiastically embraced the addition to the event. We're excited that the stakes take on a larger global stance this year with the event serving as a Nor Am and we can't wait to see these amazing athletes in their element at Dew Tour."

Dew Tour's World Para Snowboard Nor Am competition presented by Toyota will bring more than 30 of the best WPSB snowboarding athletes in the world to Breckenridge to compete individually in a banked slalom course designed specifically for this competition in an effort to gain valuable Paralympic qualifying points. Finals will take place on Friday, December 15 at 10 am MT; the format will consist of three runs with the best run counting for the final ranking. For fans tuning in to dewtour.com, coverage of the competition will be livestreamed on the webcast.