Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado: Mike Riddle Wins Ski Halfpipe

The Winter Dew Tour descended on Breckenridge, Colorado December 18-20.

The Winter Dew Tour descended on Breckenridge, Colorado December 18-20.

Yes, we need snow, but I won’t argue with the sunshine we had toady. Not so during the recent holiday season …

December 25: As a hefty breeze whips white stuff from the trees and the wind chill hovers something around -30, I rejoice that such weather waited until Christmas to show its blustery face. After all, the Breckenridge winter Dew Tour wrapped Sunday, December 20 with the first stop of the season at Breckenridge Ski Resort (Dec 18-20).

Fans watch the screen as Mike Riddle gets a score during the Breckenridge stop of the Winter Dew Tour.

Fans watch the screen as Mike Riddle gets a score during the Breckenridge stop of the Winter Dew Tour.

And as the volunteer coordinator (or cat herder, as my boss refers to it) for Breckenridge’s competition department, the winter Dew Tour is by far our largest event of the season, which means a lot of time hanging banners and setting up fencing along the decks of the halfpipe.

Shay Williams of Freeskier Magazine called the evening of the men’s ski halfpipe final a cold and chillly night. But she must have missed out on last season’s winter Dew Tour at Breckenridge b/c it was REALLY cold in 08 … the turn-your-toes-black kind of cold.

Anyhow, for the second year in a row, Breckenridge’s winter Dew Tour men’s ski halfpipe final took place under the stars and the bright lights. Canadian Mike Riddle, a 23-year-old based out of Whistler, took first with big moves on his second run. (Riddle fell on his first run.)

Smiling through the long work hours of the 2009 Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado

Smiling through the long work hours of the 2009 Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado

Sure, I’m happy the winter Dew Tour is over. Between that and a hectic holiday season, I needed some time to sleep. Now that things are back to normal in Breckenridge, Colorado (and all of Summit County), I’ll have time for skinning, snowshoeing, running and all those other activities that occupy our time throughout the Colorado winter.

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