(Photo above: Miguel Porteous helping take home the win in the 2018 modified pipe for team Atomic.)
First making its Dew Tour debut in 2016, the Team Challenge format focuses on bringing together teams of three of riders, each representing the top snowboard and ski brands, to battle it out in a unique, team-based competition. This new format not only brought a team’s style and creativity to the forefront, but it also allowed teams to showcase some familiar names that are not-so-familiar to the competition scene.
This year, we’ve revamped our signature Team Challenge competition heading into the Copper Mountain event on February 6-9, 2020. This new update involves teams now being tasked with building a roster of six total riders: one male and one female rider for each discipline including slopestyle, modified superpipe, and now introducing streetstyle as a new team challenge discipline for 2020. Each discipline will take the best of a two-run format, where athletes will are judged on overall impression. The best score of the two runs from each male and female athlete in each section counts. These two scores are then combined to create one total team section score. In the end, all scores from slopestyle, halfpipe, and streetstyle are totaled up for one overall score, making the highest-scoring team the winner.
We’re proud to announce that Volkl, Atomic, and Faction will be officially competing for the title of ski Team Challenge champion and that Burton, Oakley, and Volcom will be duking it out for the snowboarding title. With six prestigious brands confirmed to attend, the hardest part will likely be choosing a final team from their already stacked rosters.