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Winter Dew Tour's Killington Stop Draws Top Skiers and Riders

By January 17, 2012

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Louie Vito comes to Killington with a mission. After a second place finish at the Winter Dew Tour's first stop in Breckenridge, Colorado, Vito is aiming to repeat his championship performance in the superpipe during the 2011 season and regain the top spot in Vermont.

The slopestyle course will be crowded with internationally recognized snowboarders, from triple-corking Canadian Mark McMorris to the Norwegian winner of the Nike Open, Gjermund Braaten, as well as a large group of American-bred riders fighting through the last chance qualifiers.

Competition in the men's freeski events will be sure to deliver excitement with Simon Dumont taking to the superpipe looking to dethrone reigning champ Kevin Rolland.  Tom Wallisch will attempt to go two for two in Winter Dew Tour ski slopestyle wins this season with huge air and smooth landings.  However, last year's Killington winner Bobby Brown, along with Alex Schlopy and Nick Goepper, will be among the top skiers intending to push him off the podium.

The top names in women's freeskiing will have their Winter Dew Tour season debut at the Pantech Invitational with bigger stakes than in years past.  For the first time in Dew Tour history, women freeskiers will compete towards a Dew Cup.

Devin Logan, who took the freeski halfpipe world by storm in her breakout rookie year in 2011, will bring her signature style to Bear Mountain, while young up-and-comer Kaya Turski will be showing off on the slopestyle course.

Several women with eyes on the 2014 Olympics are also headed to the Pantech Invitational, including Grete Eliassen, Brita Sigourney and Ashley Battersby.

Remember - get your lift tickets early and grab a Dew Tour MegaPass for Skye Peak Express Quad fast pass access and to meet and greets with the athletes. It also comes with Dew Tour swag, mountain discounts and a cool Souvenir Credential with lanyard.

If you can't make it to Killington, the events will air live on NBC Saturday, January 21 at 4:00PM EST and Sunday, January 22 at 3:00PM EST.

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