Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Finals
Evoking déjà vu in anyone who watched him win two X Games gold medals in two days in January, Mark McMorris doubled up on Dew Cups this time, winning the slopestyle title Sunday less than 20 hours after he won Big Air in Breckenridge, Colo.
The low-key 19-year-old from the flatlands of Regina, Saskatchewan, posted a 95-point second run to hold off Nevada's Chas Guldemond, who took second with a 90.75.
McMorris acknowledged the similarities between this event and the X Games but refused to anoint himself as the best in either discipline.
"It's just whoever's weekend it is. Everybody rides so well now and the tricks are so technical, it's hard to be perfectly consistent," McMorris said. "But I find when I have a contest like this and there's four jumps, I can really shine. Because you don't need to do 1260, 1260, 1260, you can really kill it on the rails and take your time on the jumps. It's a long course."
McMorris' run began with a frontside lip to fakie into a hardway cab 270 gap to kink, cab double cork 900, frontside 720, backside 270 over the rainbow box, double wildcat and backside double cork 1260.
"With Mark, he's just a young, really talented, hard-working snowboarder, and he's going to get his," said Guldemond, whose jumps included a switch backside 900, double backside rodeo, cab double cork 1260 and backside double cork 1080. "I've been around for seven years professionally, so I've definitely had my victories. It's good to see him shine."
Guldemond was the only American among the top eight finishers and was followed by third-place finisher Ståle Sandbech, who also took third in Big Air. Weather conditions weren't quite as hairy as the two preceding ski slopestyle finals but many competitors still slingshotted themselves out of the starting gate to carry maximum speed into the course.
McMorris' win marked the end of the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, which featured 10 finals in four days.
Men's Snowboard Big Air Finals
Mark McMorris made the backside triple cork 1440 look like a stock trick under the lights and a crescent moon Saturday at Breckenridge, landing all three of his triple attempts to win the first Dew Tour snowboard big air crown.
With his parents waving the Canadian and Saskatchewan flags in the front row of a giant crowd, McMorris finished 15 points ahead of his nearest competition in a five-man final. His second-run score of 96.75 easily distanced him from runner-up Sage Kotsenburg, who thrilled the crowd with a stylish backside double cork 1260 Japan for an 81.75, and third-place finisher Ståle Sandbech, who earned a 69.25 for a flat 1440 (scored down for a hand drag).
This is Sandbech's second podium of the season. His backside 1440 also earned him third at the Air & Style Beijing on Dec. 8 -- a contest where McMorris also threw and landed a triple cork 14, and Kotsenburg stomped a double cork Japan 10, and didn't advance to the final round for their efforts.
"The jump was big enough [to do triples] and the level of riding in snowboarding is just insane right now," McMorris said. "You saw all the kids in the first round just absolutely sending it, doing 1440s and 1260s like they were no big deal. It's pretty exciting to see, and I'm scared to see where it's going to be in two years."
McMorris first landed the backside triple 14 two years ago in Aspen, just after he made his X Games debut. Sebastien Toutant also landed a triple 14 Saturday night, earning a 93.00 in the first qualifying heat. But he failed to land any of his three attempts in the final. Same went for Ulrik Badertscher and his backside 1620, which scored 89.75 in qualifying.
Men's Snowboard Superpipe Finals
Shaun White reminded the snowboarding universe that he is still the world's best halfpipe rider Saturday. He also reminded the field that he's human.
White won the Dew Cup at Breckenridge thanks to a first-run score of 95.25, but later, all he wanted to talk about was the double backside rodeo that eluded him on his second run and whiplashed his head onto the icy pipe wall.
"I probably didn't need that second run; I won with the first run," White said after topping runner-up Louie Vito (90.00) by a comfortable margin. "But I wanted to step it up, I wanted to do the double back rodeo, because that was something I haven't really stuck in a contest yet. I came around and just kind of gave up mid rotation and tried to land it as a  instead of going full double. And for me it's annoying, I'm going to have to stick it at the next one. Otherwise it'll make my mind melt."
As a measure of reassurance, White added: "But I'm happy."
He had plenty of reason to be, landing a six-hit first run that included a massive backside air, frontside double cork 1080, cab double cork 1080, frontside stale 540, double McTwist 1260 and alley-oop backside rodeo.
White, who at 26 was the oldest rider in Saturday's field, now turns his attention to the X Games in late January, where he will attempt to win his sixth straight gold medal. He said it's "a little weird" being the elder statesman these days but hasn't let it affect his mental approach. "I feel like I'm still hitting my prime," he said. "I've never felt more confident or more in tune with my riding and what I'm capable of. The elder, huh? I'll take it as a compliment."
Vito, who opted for five hits instead of six, might have challenged White on his second run, but he washed out on an attempted frontside double cork 1260. White pioneered that trick last winter and Vito learned it over the summer in New Zealand. "You'll see it this season," Vito promised.
Third-place finisher Taku Hiraoka (81.50), one of two Japanese teenagers in the 10-rider final, was the only other competitor to crack 80 points Saturday. Top qualifier Scotty Lago dropped in switch both runs but scrubbed the landings on his opening trick, a cab double cork 1080, to finish 10th.
Women's Superpipe Finals
In a Dew Tour superpipe final that included Kelly Clark, Torah Bright and Elena Hight, the only competitor to finish within five points of Kaitlyn Farrington on Saturday was … Kaitlyn Farrington.
Navigating a powdery pipe that tripped up much of the field, Farrington posted both of the day's top two scores (an 85.00 on her first run and a 90.00 on her second) and won by 10 points over runner-up Queralt Castellet of Spain. Farrington improved her score by opening her winning run with back-to-back 900s, backside to frontside, grabbed stale and mute, respectively.
"Landing my first run I knew I wanted to build on my second run, so I added a front 9," said Farrington, who is working with a new coach this year in Ben Boyd. "It was my first time landing back-to-back 9s in competition, so I was really excited that I was able to do that in the first competition of the year, because I've been working on that."
Her run also included a backside 540 tail, alley-oop 540 indy, method air and frontside 720.
The final took place amid dumping snow that made the pipe too slow for either Clark or Castellet to land their difference-making 1080s. Clark, the dominant women's pipe rider of the past two years, fell on both her runs and finished fifth.
Women's Slopestyle Finals
Redemption glowed through Jamie Anderson's smile Friday as the world's premier slopestyle rider rebounded from a fifth-place finish at Breckenridge a year ago and returned to the top of the Dew Tour podium.
In doing so, Anderson demonstrated the power of spinning all four ways off jumps. That versatility cemented her 96-point winning score and separated her from last year's Breck champion, Spencer O'Brien, who finished second with a 90.00. Anderson had been sitting in second place until her final run of the day -- which happened to be the final run of the competition.
"I tried to change my run because I wasn't totally giving it my all, and you got to, you know?" Anderson said. "I did a 360 on the second jump where I kind of knew I should do a 720. But I hadn't landed it in practice so I was a little scared. I wanted to land my first run then try to progress it and do better."
Her winning run went like this: cab "shabam," boardslide switch out, cab 540, front 720, front board to switch out, switch back 540, back 540.
O'Brien knew the importance of spinning all four ways: "That's where the sport's progression is going," she said -- and tried to do that in her second run, which she's been working on since last January. But she couldn't complete the run and settled for second place.
Enni Rukajärvi, riding without goggles, posted two scores in the 80s but it was her second-run 82.75 that stood up for third place.
Men's Slopestyle Final Results:
1. Mark McMorris -- 95.00
2. Chas Guldemond -- 90.75
3. Ståle Sandbech -- 85.75
4. Sebastien Toutant -- 84.24
5. Roope Tonteri -- 79.75
Men's Superpipe Final Results:
1. Shaun White -- 95.25
2. Louie Vito -- 90.00
3. Taku Hiraoka -- 81.50
4. Christian Haller -- 77.00
5. Ayumu Hirano -- 72.75
Women's Superpipe Final Results:
1. Kaitlyn Farrington -- 90.00
2. Queralt Castellet -- 80.00
3. Maddy Schaffrick -- 71.75
4. Torah Bright -- 66.00
5. Kelly Clark -- 44.75
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Final Results:
1. Jamie Anderson -- 96.00
2. Spencer O'Brien -- 90.00
3. Enni Rukajarvi -- 82.75
4. Sarka Pancochova -- 75.00
5. Silvia Mittermueller -- 60.00