Post Podium at the Winter Dew Tour
Posted January 23, 2012
It was one of those weekends to write home about at Killington Resort as the world’s best pulled out all the tricks at the second stop of the Winter Dew Tour finals. With everyone throwing their best tricks, podium glory just doesn’t come easy. The home crowd is a serious one at The Beast. Fans were armed with signs and winter hiking gear as they lined the pipe and crowded the slopestyle course to cheer on their favorite idols and local legends.
Whether it was Saturday night under the lights or Sunday’s bluebird afternoon, eyes were to the sky as Eric Willett and Tom Wallisch laid down some amazing runs on the Slopestyle course to win the Pantech Invitational bragging rights for men’s snowboarding and freeskiing. And if you think those jumps look big on TV, try standing next to one and realizing it just might be taller than your house.
With a spirit as big as Sarah Burke’s, it was impossible not to feel the love and strength, and the women took the stage in her memory. Vermonter Devin Logan wowed the crowd with stylish runs in both Superpipe and Slopestyle, scoring double second places. Maddie Bowman had the ladies’ superpipe in first, and Kaya Turski took top honors in slopestyle. It was a show that would’ve made Sarah smile.
The 22-foot walls of the Superpipe took on even more drama under the lights, and the men and women shredded to the occasion. Soaring over the heads of the crowd, I-Pod and Louie Vito led a heart-pounding snowboarding pipe final to the very last moments, ending up with first and second place spots, respectively. The freeskiers got their amplitude, too. Torin Yater-Wallace, all of sixteen years old, came out on top to claim the title of youngest Winter Dew Tour winner – ever.
After podium pictures and the media blitz, the crowd hiked down the pipe towards home with the sounds of screaming fans still ringing in their ears. Lights glowed on the empty pipe, mountain ops took to their snowmobiles and the last of the lime green swag was packed up for Utah.
So ‘til next year, Dew Tour. It’s been real.