PHOTO: David Reddick

Making a rare North American appearance, French skier Candide Thovex arrived in Breckenridge, Colorado, to accept his first place Powder Poll win at the 17th Annual Powder Awards held December 8.

Thovex drove 2,000 kilometers to find the perfect road gap to shoot his famed “One of Those Days” episodes that earned him the fan favorite of the night. To answer your question, yes, you can win the Powder Awards without skiing on powder—if you’re Candide.