The fourth and final Olympic Qualifier that will decide the officially selected U.S. Freeskiing Team for both halfpipe and slopestyle.
The third Olympic Qualifier of the season was held in Aspen Snowmass. As competitors made their way to Aspen, so did the weather. The clouds started rolling in and temperatures dropped as the forecast called for a nice, little storm to finally hit Colorado. This was not the greatest of news for a halfpipe competition but the show would have to go on.
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Dew Tour is always a fun event for the athletes. There is lots of live streaming and TV coverage that creates a lot of hype around the event. The town of Breckenridge basically turns into a small party with live music and even a rail event in the middle of main street. On the mountain one of the best halfpipes and biggest jumps in the country crawl down the mountain to the base area that is filled with spectators and Mountain Dew tents. The athletes are surrounded by a fun, high energy that is provided by tons of people that are excited to watch such an event.
Copper Mountain was home to the first Olympic qualifier of the season, the Toyota Grand Prix. After an extremely low snowpack and high temps, Copper struggled to make snow in order to open the first halfpipe in the U.S. for the 2017-2018 ski season. With that being said, all of the competitors really only got a couple of days to mess around in halfpipe before the qualifiers rolled around. The day of qualifiers, temperatures dropped drastically and snow slowly started to flutter down from the sky.