/ Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (Dec. 27, 2012) – Voting for the 13th annual Powder Awards presented by Icelandic Glacial concludes January 2, 2013. The top skiers in the world, as voted by the fans, will be announced live from the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on January 17, 2013, with a live webcast at PowderAwards.com.
This year offers three simple ways to vote. Visit PowderAwards.com, click on “VOTE” and enter the names of your top 10 male and top five female skiers. Or, submit a vote via Twitter or Instagram by naming or picturing the athlete you’re voting for and including the hashtag #PowderAwardsVote.
/ Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012
In 2011, after 11 years of Powder Video Awards, only two people had finished first in the Reader Poll: that’d be Shane McConkey and Seth Morrison. But that year, behind the support of the Newschoolers community, urban and slopestyle phenom Tom Wallisch received nearly twice as many first place votes as second place finisher Morrison
/ Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012
We’ve only given out one lifetime achievement award, so we chose carefully. The one and only went to ski film legend Warren Miller
Miller, who came in from Montana for the show, was, as usual full of advice and wisdom. He told us how we should all ski like McConkey and gave some insight into how he first started making movies and scamming lift tickets. He also gave us hope for the future. “Take your age, subtract it from 85,” he said. “That’s how many good years you have left.”
/ Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012
“I’ve looked at that face before and turned around, thinking there was no real way to ski it,” said 2003 Powder Awards Best Male Performance winner Mike Douglas. He was referring to the monstrous pillow-laden face at Mica Heliskiing that 24-year-old Tanner Hall popped down as if he was on pogo-stick, earning him Best Line and respect.
/ Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012
Mark Abma doesn’t remember much from the 2007 Powder Awards (“I guess I had a little too much fun later that evening,” he says). But he definitely won’t forget winning Best Male Performance for his role in Matchstick Productions’ Push, which won movie of the year.
/ Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012
Some things come full circle. In 2006, J.P Auclair won best P.O.V. for his segment in Poor Boyz Production’s War. Last year, he won it again for his seminal street shoot in All.I.Can. War won movie of the year, too.
/ Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012
“I don’t know if it was three or four turns,” remembers Ingrid Backstrom about her jaw-dropping, super-G descent in Bella Coola, British Columbia, during filming for Matchstick Productions Yearbook. “I was just stoked that I was heli skiing alongside Shane McConkey and everything—the snow, weather, and crew—lined up so perfectly.”
/ Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In 2004, the POWDER Awards moved to the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, for what would be the first of a nine-year stint in the ski town that never sleeps. In another remarkable turn of events, Teton Gravity Research, today long-time veterans of the POWDER Awards, took home their only Movie of the Year award for High Life. In the film, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa lit the ski world on fire, earning himself a Best Male Performance in the same year Pep Fujas would take home Breakthrough Performer and Best Trick for his legendary performance in Poor Boyz’ Session 1242.
/ Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
During the 2003 Winter X Games, Mike Douglas and Chris Davenport got a call. They were in Aspen announcing the ski events. But they really needed to be in Las Vegas for the Powder Video Awards, said the voice on the line. The thing was, they had an X Games meeting at noon the same day, and an event to call the next morning. “It seemed impossible,” says Douglas. But at the last minute, David Perry from Aspen/Snowmass hired a private plane to take them to Vegas and back. “It was a surreal 24 hours.”
Douglas arrived in style. In mockery of the obnoxious ski fashions at the time, He showed up in a gold Adidas basketball jersey, gold sweatpants, sideways hat with do-rag underneath, a gold $ chain, and attitude.
/ Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012
2002 was the beginning of the decade-long, two-man battle for Best Male Skier. Shane McConkey won the award at the inaugural PVAs, but in year two, Seth Morrison took in away from him. Seth and Shane would duke it out for the award until 2011, when an Internet-famous kid from Pennsylvania got the power of Newschoolers behind him and took it away.