Dylan Bidez shines in Winter Dew Tour
Vail, CO Colorado
MINTURN ” Dylan Bidez is quickly making a name for himself as a member of the U.S. Snowboard Team.
It probably won’t be long before the Minturn native is collecting medals.
Last weekend, Bidez continued to build his resume at the Winter Dew Tour at Mount Snow in Vermont. Competing against some of snowboarding’s finest in the snowboard superpipe, Bidez put together one of his best runs to date. He won qualifying with a score of 94.00.
Bidez’s spectacular run included back-to-back 9s, a front-7 tail to cab-10, and a alley-oop. In other words, Bidez was working the pipe.
Unfortunately in the finals, Bidez hurt his ribs and was only able to complete one run. His finished in ninth place. Shuan White ” yes, that Shaun White ” won the event.
Bidez is currently rehabbing the rib injury, and said he should be ready to go for his next competition in South Korea.
“It’s awesome riding with everyone,” Bidez said. “After the Winter Dew Tour, seeing how I’m comparing with all the big names, knowing I’m up there, it makes me confident in my riding.”
Bidez, 18, is keeping himself busy this winter. After graduating from Battle Mountain in November, Bidez picked up his snowboard. Already this season, Bidez has competed in two Winter Dew Tour events, and the Grand Prix of Snowboarding at Copper Mountain. On Sunday, he leaves for South Korea for a competition.
The trip to South Korea is Bidez’s second.
“(South Korea) is awesome,” he said. “It’s definitely an interesting place to go.”
Bidez is hoping it won’t be long before he moves up to the U.S. Halfpipe Pro Team from the halfpipe rookie squad. For that to happen, Bidez needs more strong starts like at Mount Snow.
Until then, Bidez is enjoying learning from coach Bud Keene and riding with his friends on the rookie team.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.