Dew Tour part of Olympic qualifier for US snowboard, freeski

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CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) The Dew Tour will serve as one of the Olympic qualifying events to decide the roster for the U.S. snowboarding and freeskiing squads ahead of the Pyeongchang Games in February.

The event will be held Dec. 14-17 in Breckenridge, Colorado, and feature halfpipe and slopestyle competitions for snowboarders and freeskiers. The Dew Tour also was used to help select the team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In addition, the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix series will play a role with events in Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, Copper Mountain and Mammoth Mountain, California.

Tiger Shaw, the president and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, says the Dew Tour and Grand Prix ''are committed to putting on a world class event for all athletes and presenting our sports ahead of the 2018 Games.''