Influences: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa

Foggy goggles, late acceptance speeches, and the impeccable skiing of Tim Durtschi

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa’s flat 3 over a massive crevasse won him Best Natural Air in 2011 for Teton Gravity Research’s Light the Wick. That same year, Cattabriga-Alosa grabbed the Best Male Performance. His segment in TGR’s Light the Wick was simply that game changing.

Sage has been a regular in the Powder Awards mantle since he won the award for Breakthrough Performance in 2003.
Sage, stoked at a Powder Awards past.

Last year in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the 2015 Powder Awards are happening again tomorrow night, Tim Durtschi was presented with Best Male honors. Though many will recall Durtschi’s, um, inebriated acceptance speech, Sage recalls one of the best in the film world finally getting his due:

“Powder Awards winners…That’s quite an extensive list. For some possibly explainable reason, I have quite a fleeting memory. Exact details of what I did as soon as last week are vague recollections. One thing I do remember is Tim Durtschi winning the much-deserved best skier dude award last year.

Now it’s not because of his ridiculously loose and late acceptance speech, but it’s his skiing that does the talking. Last year he took his unique look at the world and filmed with multiple companies to produce a huge amount of impressive skiing captured on film and I was so stoked to see him get this much deserved recognition.

See, Tim has been a big inspiration for me. I first met him at Mount Bachelor for POWDER’s Super Park. He was fresh on the scene and it was obvious that he was good. Then his part in [Poor Boyz Productions’] Every Day’s a Saturday really got me. I would put on his 10-minute bonus seg every day before I went out [and Durtschi’s] creative, flowing, fun skiing would permeate my brain, inspiring me for the day. That has always stood out to me, despite the foggy goggles.” —Sage Cattabriga-Alosa