BRECKENRIDGE, CO (December 9, 2016) — In front of a full, powder-hungry audience, the 17th Annual Powder Awards honored the top skiers, cinematographers, and photographers in the world on Thursday night. The biggest night in skiing, and a kickoff to Winter Dew Tour at Breckenridge, this year's show drew athletes from around the world, including men's Powder Poll winner Candide Thovex and Sammy Carlson, who took home three awards for his performance in The Sammy C Project.

It was the biggest haul of Carlson's career, as he took home Best Male Performance, Best Powder, and Best Air.

"The thing I want to say is, 'Don't gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold.' I'm still hyped on skiing and to be able to push the sport," said Carlson. "To me, it's just about having fun."

Another multi-award recipient, JF Houle of Quebec, won Best Jib and Full Throttle. It's the second straight year a street skier has won Full Throttle, awarded to the skier that sends it the hardest.

"I am a loose canon," said Houle. "I find a zone and no one can talk me out of it. I'll do anything I can 'till I can't walk to get the shot and to get the thing I want. It's in my heart and bigger than I can understand and makes me do what I do."

The night also announced the arrival of Thayne Rich, who won Breakthrough Performer. Rich, who has long built skis—and skied for—4FRNT, exploded onto the scene this season. He is a genuine star of Level 1's Pleasure, as well as Good Company's Vice Versa and 4FRNT's Here and Now, for which he was also a nominee for Best Air.

"It was just a dream and now it's a reality," said Rich. "It's the ultimate payoff in skiing."

It was Pleasure and the Colorado-based crew from Level 1 Productions that took home the biggest award of the night: Movie of the Year. This award has historically gone to the film that best reflects the contemporary skiing experience. Pleasure, above all else, is fun not to mention creative, well-edited, and varied in the types of skiing it portrays. It was the second Movie of the Year award for Level 1 founder and director Josh Berman, who took home the prize in 2013 for the film Sunny.

"Every year, we go into a season with a list of goals in mind, and it shapes the direction, but the constant theme over the last couple of years is we've been wanting to make a ski film that's fun, that makes people want to go skiing," said director Josh Berman.

Added producer Freedle Coty, "We wouldn't be anything without the people who watch this beautiful sport, and it is a beautiful sport."

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Photo of the Year
Photographer: Alric Ljunghager
Skier: Leo Bjorklund
Sunnmøre, Norway

Full Throttle
JF Houle

Breakthrough Performer
Thayne Rich

Best Line
Ian McIntosh, Tight Loose, Teton Gravity Research

Best Air
Sammy Carlson, The Sammy C Project, Teton Gravity Research

Best Powder
Sammy Carlson, The Sammy C Project, Teton Gravity Research

Best Jib
JF Houle, Canvas, Blank Collective

Best Female Performance
Angel Collinson, Tight Loose, Teton Gravity Research

Best Male Performance
Sammy Carlson, The Sammy C Project, Teton Gravity Research

Best Short
John Shocklee: A Fairy Tale, Talweg Production

Best Editing
The Lucky Strike, Seeking Nirvana

Best Cinematography
Ruin and Rose, Matchstick Productions

Best Documentary
Guilt Trip, Switchback Entertainment

Movie of the Year
Pleasure, Level 1 Productions

Powder Poll Men
1. Candide Thovex
2. Cody Townsend
3. Julian Carr
4. Marcus Caston
5. Sage Cattabriga-Alosa
6. Eric Hjorleifson
7. Chris Davenport
8. Tanner Hall
9. Todd Ligare
10. Sean Pettit

Powder Poll Women
1. Angel Collinson
2. Kalen Thorien
3. Elyse Saugstad
4. Michelle Parker
5. Ingrid Backstrom
6. Lynsey Dyer
7. Tatum Monod
8. Caroline Gleich
9. Sierra Quitiquit
10. Rachael Burks

Special thanks to our 17th Annual sponsors Toyota, Bud Light and STEEP, The Video Game.

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