The Craziest Air of the Year

The winner of Best Air at the 17th Annual Powder Awards is Sammy Carlson

At the 17th annual Powder Awards, held in Breckenridge, Colorado, on December 8, 2016, Sammy Carlson in The Sammy C Project by Teton Gravity Research won the award for Best Air.

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“When I first showed up at X Games, I was really hyped,” said Carlson. “The same year I won the gold was the Olympics, and everyone thought I should go that direction. I'd go out into the backcountry and meet some of the most influential people in my life, and this is what skiing is about. I wanted to stay true to that, if I was going against what I was feeling as a skier. Freesking isn't about a competition at all, it's about being in the mountains. I wanted to stay true to the sport, but I really, really believed that's what the sport was about.”

See who else won at the 17th Annual Powder Awards.

Powder Awards. Best Air. Sammy Carlson. Photo: Liam Doran
Sammy Carlson accepts the award for Best Air at the 17th Annual Powder Awards. PHOTO: Liam Doran