Slopestyle and superpipe take center stage as the three-stop Winter Dew Tour wraps up this weekend at Mount Snow in West Dover, Vt. In its second year, the tour features top-flight freeskiers and snowboarders competing in the halfpipe and on a course loaded with rails and features that make it like taking a long run through a terrain park.
Slopestyle is a non-Olympic discipline but is featured in competitions like the Winter X Games, Grand Prix, and US Open.
“Slopestyle is definitely progressing,” says Brandon Reiss, a 21-year-old snowboarder from Peterborough, N.H., who is in sixth place on the tour. “There’s a high level right now. That’s how snowboarding works, keep progressing it.’’
The progression has led to a must-do trick: the off-axis double flip double cork.
“A lot of people are doing double corks now,’’ says snowboarder Sam Hulbert, 20, also from Peterborough and in ninth place. “It’s kind of scary going upside down a second time. I’m working on it and trying to get into the mix.’’
Reiss and Hulbert train together, pushing each other along the way. Reiss started riding at Pats Peak, while Hulbert ripped it up at defunct Temple. They both landed at Waterville Valley under the tutelage of coach Bill Enos (right), who has shaped many podium-level riders. Reiss has second-place finishes on his r