Contributed by Chris Dehnel
February 5, 2009

By Chris Dehnel

By Chris Dehnel

Things were just jamming at Mount Snow’s Carinthia recently.
The porch was constantly full of people, especially on Saturday when hometown hero, Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, was there signing stuff.

Below her were so many Mountain Dew booths, one lost track of all there was to see. Music was blasting. TV crews and members of the print and electronic media were taking it all in. The soda was free-flowing.

And, as this was all taking place, skiers and riders from the public with lift tickets tangling from their jackets, were skimming along the tops of rails, riding boxes, and catching some air on elements of all sizes fashioned out of snow piles.

And right smack in the middle of it all was the lit-up superpipe. The scene at the local stop of the inaugural Winter Dew Tour was just the setting the Vermont resort had been hoping for when it moved all its new-school and freestyle offerings to the Carinthia area.

Clark, who seems to be able to perform on cue, wound up winning the women’s superpipe competition on Sunday with another native Vermonter, Hannah Teter, taking second.  Shaun White took the men’s title. White’s winning run included a backside rodeo 720, a backside 900, and back-to-back 1080s into a 720. He finished with an alley-ooprodeo and scored 96.25.

“The first run was really good but I knew I could go a little bigger than I did in that first run,” White said.

And leave it to White to get a little quirky. “It was a weird run,” he said. “My glove was kind of iced over and we had to add these marks to my board so I’d make sure I grabbed it. I went through that second run there and it just all fell together.”

Steve Fisher was second at 92.75 and Kevin Pearce was third at 90.00.

White now holds the lead in season standings in both the superpipe and slopestyle disciplines.

In the pipe, Clark executed a frontside air to a backside 520. She continued with a frontside 720, a cab 360, and a frontside 520. She finished with a backside air and earned 90.75 points. “I couldn’t be happier coming home to Mount Snow and doing so well in front of all my friends and family,” Clark said. “I really had a lot of fun and it’s great to come away heading into the third event with a first and a second place.”

With the win, Clark secured the lead in overall point standings for superpipe.

Teter, was second at 88.75 and Connecticut’s Ellery Hollingsworth wasthird at 83.00.

On Saturday, Norwegian Torstein Horgmo edged White in the men’s snowboard slopestyle finals and Jamie Anderson won the women’s event.

The 21-year old Horgmo took the lead on his first run and the field was unable to best his score of 92.67. His winning run included technical tricks on the rails and the flat box and a cab 900 on the first jump, to a backside 900 on the second jump. He finished with a switch backside 1260 on the final jump.

White scored 92.33 and Andreas Wiig was third at 88.00.

White remains the overall point leader in the race for the Dew Cup based on the Mount Snow event and his win at the first stop of the Tour in Breckenridge, Colo.

“This was a full-on course,” White said. “We had rails at the top, a rail in the middle, big jumps at the bottom. It was really fun.” Anderson earned 85.67 points.

Canadian Spencer O’Brien was second at 81.50 and Chanelle Sladics was third at 80.67. O’Brien, who won the previous Winter Dew Tour event, remains the overall point leader heading into the season finale next month in California.

Later in the day Simon Dumont won the men’s freeski superpipe finals with a score of 94.00.

An event highlight came from Canadian Justin Dorey who executed a technical double flip in his second-place run, which scored 91.75. Tanner Hall was third at 90.00.

Dorey and Hall are now tied for first place in the season point standings and Dumont is only 10-points behind in second.

Taking his freestyle rail skills to the slopestyle course, freeskier JF Houle won the men’s slopestyle finals on Friday. He scored 92.00. Per-Kristian Hunder placed second at 86.67 and Alexis Godbout was third at 85.00.

Houle placed sixth at the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge.

The four-day competition was the second of three stops of the Winter Dew Tour that features men’s and women’s freeskiing and snowboarding disciplines.

The announced attendance was 24,800.

The tour will conclude in February at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in California.

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