By Lucia Goin
The 2011 Powder Video Awards, hosted by the Kootenay Mountain Culture editor Mitchell "Radical" Scott, introduced a new crop of rising skiers and continued to award veteran favorites.
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa claimed the top spot for Natural Air, with a flat-3 over a giant crevasse in Petersburg, Alaska. He also won the Samsung-Verizon Best Male Performance for his segment in TGR's Light the Wick. "I thought I had one of my best years I've ever had," Cattabriga-Alosa said. "I think [the award] takes a well-rounded aspect, and I think what got me there was the big mountain gnar that I've been doing."
Cattabriga-Alosa also won Best Male Performance, Best POV and Best Line in 2009, Best Powder in 2006, Best Male Performance in 2004 and Breakthrough Performer in 2003. This is his sixth year placing in the Powder Reader Poll.
The Samsung-Verizon Best Female Performance went to Grete Eliassen for her movie Say My Name. She has been a regular favorite in Powder Reader Polls, and won she Best Female Performance in 2007.
Matchstick Productions claimed Movie of the Year for The Way I See It—their seventh Movie of the Year since the Powder Video Awards began in 2001. MSP has had over twenty athletes win individual categories in the last ten years.
Best Documentary went to Eric Iberg's Like a Lion, the personal film done on Tanner Hall's life and skiing career. "This is one of the biggest years [Inspired Media] has had," Hall said, "It's great to be recognized for the countless hours put into the film. It's so controversial and different and it's being perceived as one of the best ski movies."
Level 1 athlete Ahmet Dadali won his first Powder Award tonight—and second: The North Face Breakthrough Performer and Best Jib award for a technical s-rail transfer in Level 1 Productions' Eye Trip. "[The winch] pretty much revolutionized urban for everyone. Now you can look at something and do it because you have the speed," Dadali said. The film showcased his hyped-up urban skills but also showed the beginnings of his progression to park and backcountry jumps.