SNOWBASIN -- Louie Vito didn't win the day, but he did enough to win the season.
The Ohio native and Utah resident placed seventh out of 11 in the snowboard superpipe finals of the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championship, but thanks to first-place finishes at the tour's two earlier stops, he clinched his first Dew Cup despite falling early in his first run and nearly falling toward the end of his second.
Saturday was a day for Dew Tour records to be broken at Snowbasin's new 22-foot high, Olympic-sized half-pipe.
In snowboarding, the day belonged to California's Luke Mitrani, whose near-perfect run earned him a score of 97 -- higher than any score in the tour's three-year history.
"To be honest, I just kind of blacked out before my run," Mitrani said. "I didn't realize it until I got to the bottom and everyone was cheering."
Rounding out the snowboard podium were fellow Californians Greg Bretz and veteran Steve Fisher, who scored 95 and 92, respectively.
Thousands of spectators gathered at the base of the pipe and packed themselves along its sides to witness the strong performances. While there was no official head count, announcers said it was definitely the largest crowd in Winter Dew Tour history.
Earlier in the day, records were also broken in freeskiing. Kevin Rolland of France earned the highest-ever freeski superpipe score of 95 on his first run -- a record that lasted less than an hour, when he bested himself with a 96.5 in a near-flawless effort that earned him a Dew Cup of his own.
"I wanted to see if the judges would like my second run better, and they did," Rolland said. "I'm just so happy today. This season, I really wanted to get this cup, and it's done now."
He entered the event tied for first place in the overall standings with American favorite Simon Dumont, but Dumont crashed on his first run, ending up in sixth place Saturday and second overall for the season.
One of the biggest success stories at Snowbasin this week was Rolland's fellow Frenchman Benoit Valentin. After winning Thursday's last-chance qualifying event, Valentin did enough in Friday's preliminary to earn a spot in Saturday's final, where he finished second only to Rolland. New Zealand's Byron Wells rounded out the podium.
In women's superpipe finals, Olympic gold medalist and Vermont native Kelly Clark bested the competition with a score of 95.75 to claim the Dew Cup.
"It's been a lot of fun," Clark said. "I tried to make it my priority, and it's been working out."
Idaho's Kaitlyn Farrington, who won the Snowbasin event last year, came in second, followed by Soko Yamaoka of Japan.
For the first time, the Winter Dew Tour held a women's freeski superpipe competition this year, although it isn't an official Dew Cup event yet. Brita Sigourney of California took the win Saturday, followed by Vermont's Devin Logan and Jen Hudak of Salt Lake City.
With the superpipe events all finished, the tour wraps up today with four slopestyle events and three more cups to be won. A Dew Cup awards ceremony and party will be held at 8 p.m. tonight at The Scrapyard, 159 23rd Street in Ogden.