Top Skiers and Ski Films Honored at 16th Annual Powder Awards

The 16th Annual Powder Awards, the longest running skiing awards show in the world, kicked off the winter season tonight celebrating the skiing community in honoring the top skiers, cinematographers, and photographers to an enthusiastic crowd at The Depot in downtown Salt Lake City.

“What a night,” said POWDER Executive Editor John Clary Davies. “Skiing has never been stronger. It’s an honor for POWDER to bring together this community and have a building so full of talented humans. It’s inspiring to see how the best work from cinematographers and athletes inspires one another.”

The evening started by honoring the ten winners of the Powder Poll, with Sage Cattabriga-Alosa earning top honors for the first time. With an expanded list of honorees, five additional women were recognized this year. Angel Collinson took first place on the women’s side after Ingrid Backstrom’s ten-year reign as number one female, as voted on by fans.

Cattabriga-Alosa also won Best Male Performance, the fourth time he’s taken the prestigious standing. “This is an amazing honor,” he said. “The people out there skiing and everyone in this room, it’s so inspiring. We don’t care how much it snows, skiing can be fun no matter what-rain, shine, snow, or sun, we love skiing—let’s do more of it.”

Not to be outdone, Collinson won her second consecutive Best Female Performance award for her part in Teton Gravity Research’s Paradise Waits, and was also the first female to win Best Line with a special shout out, “This one goes out to the women. We’re doing it ladies!”

Showcasing the breadth of skiing, Cam Riley won the award for Full Throttle for his role in For Lack of Better, the emotional documentary about the masochistic world of urban skiing. The film also took home the night’s top honor, Movie of the Year. Athlete and director of the film, Clayton Vila, was emotional after the victory.

“I think we’re starting to get the respect we’ve hoped for a long time,” said Vila. “We’ve been pushing the sport for years, and we’re finally getting recognized for what we do and I couldn’t be happier about it. Within the skiing industry, this is the most respected award we can win.”

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Photo of the Year
Photo: Reuben Krabbe
Svalbard, Norway

Full Throttle
Cam Riley

Breakthrough Performer
Josh Daiek

Best Line
Angel Collinson, Paradise Waits, Teton Gravity Research

Best Manmade Air
Train, Passenger, Legs of Steel

Best Natural Air
Sean Pettit, The Masquerade, Superproof

Best Powder
Paddy Graham, Sven Kuehnle, Fraser McDougall, Passenger, Legs of Steel

Best Jib
Mitchell Brower, Small World, Level 1

Best Female Performance
Angel Collinson, Paradise Waits, Teton Gravity Research

Best Male Performance
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Paradise Waits, Teton Gravity Research

Best Short
Good Company One, Good Company

Best Editing
The Great Siberian Traverse, Sherpas Cinema

Best Cinematography
Passenger, Legs of Steel

Best Documentary
For Lack of Better, Teton Gravity Research

Movie of the Year
For Lack of Better, Teton Gravity Research

Powder Poll Men
1. Sage Cattabriga-Alosa
2. Cody Townsend
3. Candide Thovex
4. Sean Pettit
5. Tom Wallisch
6. Pep Fujas
7. Eric Pollard
8. Eric Hjorleifson
9. Sammy Carlson
10. Erik Roner

Powder Poll Women
1. Angel Collinson
2. Ingrid Backstrom
3. Caroline Gleich
4. Elyse Saugstad
5. Lynsey Dyer
6. Michelle Parker
7. Lexi DuPont
8. Tatum Monod
9. Sierra Quitiquit
10. Amie Engerbretson

Special thanks to our 16th Annual sponsors Nexen, GoPro, Ski City, High West Distillery and Sierra Nevada Brewing.