Tuesday, December 16, 2008

X GAmes in Breckenridge?

Crews are working non-stop to prepare for the largest skiing and snowboarding event in Breckenridge Ski Resort history.

The Dew Tour events kick off today with qualifying rounds; competition begins Thursday.

“Here at this resort, this is the first time we’ve done an event of this magnitude,” said Nick Smith, competition department manager. "

“This is on the scale of X Games, as opposed to events we’ve done in the past where we’ve been focused singularly on one thing. We’re branching out and biting off more.”

The events include skiing and snowboarding by some of the biggest names in the business — including Olympic medallists Shaun White and Gretchen Bleiler — on slopestyle and halfpipe features.

It’s the first live winter-sports event to be broadcast from Breckenridge in 15 years and will be the first of the high-definition era, Smith said.

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