Twelve Years of Powder Awards

Recounting the memorable moments leading up to the 13th annual Powder Awards

The 13th annual Powder Awards presented by Icelandic Glacial kick off in Park City, Utah, January 17 at the Park City Live music venue. The annual red-carpet event that celebrates filmmakers, skiers, and photographers has taken on several different locations and iterations the last 12 years, so we’re looking back at the highlights.

The first annual Powder Video Awards and Reader Poll in 2001 was held in a Las Vegas night club. “It was an awesome night,” remembers former POWDER Editor Keith Carlsen, who conceived the event. “We couldn’t afford the club for the entire night and it was a hip-hop club, so the place was overrun as we were finishing up. It became a bunch of white skiers mixed it up with a hard-hitting Vegas club scene.”


Op-Ed: Film Segments vs. Competitions

Clayton Vila sounds off on the importance of film segments over competitive skiing

Clayton Vila, a K2-sponsored skier, recently released “The Creep” an all-encompassing video part of his footage from Teton Gravity Research, Poor Boyz Productions, and Stept Productions. In an op-ed for, Clayton explains the need for more film segments in skiing.


Breckenridge Dew Tour Pops Off This Weekend

Freeskiing’s best at Dew Tour’s one-hitter

The 2012-2013 freeskiing competition circuit kicks off this week as the Read More >


MSP’s “Counting up to 20″ Episode 17

Sean Pettit's Teenage Wasteland in 2009's In Deep

He may have put together one of the best film segments of 2008 in CLAIM, but IN DEEP really marked Sean Pettit’s coming-out party. This segment was filmed almost entirely during one trip to Haines, AK in February of 2009 – and he proved to the Powder Video Awards judging panel that he was the obvious choice for 2009’s “best male performance” award.

Episode 1 Soul Sessions and Epic Impressions
Episode 2 The Hedonist
Episode 3 The Tribe
Episode 4 Fetish
Episode 5 Pura Vida
Episode 6 Sick Sense
Episode 7 Global Storming
Episode 8 Ski Movie
Episode 9 Ski Movie II
Episode 10 Ski Movie III
Episode 11 Focused
Episode 12 Yearbook
Episode 14 Push
Episode 15 Seven Sunny Days
Episode 16 Claim

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Junk in the Truck: Not Your Father’s Neck Gaiter

The Patagonia Capilene Balaclava serves a powder purpose

My dad used to tuck his fleecy neck gaiter underneath his wool hat. At first, I tried to emulate his steeze, but as I got older, I thought his style was too old school. Just like taking out the trash, his prodding to “wear your gaiter” became annoying and too responsible-sounding.

So when the Shaun White-inspired bandana-over-the-face look—which had a practical purpose on the summer glaciers by keeping your face from frying like sizzling bacon—became fashion, again, I didn’t see its purpose outside the sunny glacier days. But after a few years of watching the bandeeze flood the lift lines on storm days, I elected to take a turn through the balaclava/Buff turnstile.

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Field Productions Launches New Web Series

The Norwegian ski film company shows a preview of their two-year film project

Following the success of 2011’s release, Being There, producer and cinematographer Filip Christensen needed a break from theannual ski film mold. Christensen, 24, has been making films since he was 15 under the banner of Field Productions.

“We felt it was time for a new pattern. Releasing one film per year makes it difficult to reach our goals,” says Christensen. “Two years gives us the opportunity to develop ourselves as filmmakers. It feels right, and hopefully it will result in better films from Field Productions.”


Muyu Juntas’qa

FullCircle Project: Peru Episode Three

Muyu Juntas’qa is the Quechuan word for “Full Circle.” Quechua is the language of the people of Amaru and a language that has been handed down from the time of the Inca. We wrap up our time in Peru with the adobe brick making process and then say goodbye to our new friends. From there, we head to Chile in search of that elusive Andean powder and hit it just right with a storm that dumps a meter of pow onto the crew. Big thanks to Pacha Mama.


Closed-Out and Down: Rails 2 Riches 2012

L.J. Strenio goes back east, wins big

Killington’s Rails 2 Riches is one of the few remaining significant park events on the East Coast. And thanks to its sizable cash purse, it’s the only open event in the East where you’ll find skiers that have flown in from the West. The East Coast homecoming ended up paying off for almost everyone visiting from Salt Lake City. Steve Stepp, Giray Didali, and LJ Strenio, all native East Coasters chasing the dream in the City of the Saints, found themselves on the receiving end of varying amounts of hundred dollar bills after being on the producing end of a heavy barrage of tricks.


Lindsey Vonn Wins St. Moritz super-G, With Julia Mancuso Finishing Third

American women continue World Cup speed domination

Lindsey Vonn continued her World Cup speed event dominance by following up her downhill win at Lake Louise, Alberta, with a super-G victory on Saturday at St. Moritz, Switzerland. U.S. teammate Julia Mancuso finished third, with World Cup overall leader Tina Maze placing second.


Tell A Friend Tour

A seven-stop East Coast tour filled with skiing, pizza, and prizes

After sustaining a season-ending knee injury in a tragic hopping-over-a-fence accident last year, Andy Parry is back. But you already knew that. In December, the wizard trick master is paying tribute to his East Coast roots by launching the Tell A Friend Tour, a grassroots, seven-stop, camp-vibe journey. Skiers are welcome to meet up with Parry and Traveling Circus veterans Ian Compton, Jack Borland, and Ross Imburgia for shred sessions at local resorts, where they’ll ski for prizes and learn tricks. The event is followed by pizza and a raffle giveaway at a local shop. Powder caught up with Parry about his new tour and eating chicken wings.


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