For years we have watched professional skiers Johnny Collinson, Nick McNutt, Julian Carr, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Colter Hinchliffe, Marcus Caston, Cody Townsend, and Todd Ligare push the limits of time, space, and powder. What these skiers do is not easy. They do not achieve that level of athleticism, and the eternal glory it brings, by chance. It takes talent and drive to become a professional skier—but more than anything, it takes great hair to ski hairy terrain.

The logical evolution of the event formerly known as the Ski Town Throwdown, the first annual Ski Town Hair Down will give the above-mentioned eight hairy hopefuls the chance to prove themselves in the most important competition in skiing. Who will become the first ever Hair Down champion? You decide. Each skier has created a short edit that best showcases why he deserves such a high honor, and how his hair has been imperative to his success as a professional athlete.

Historical Context of the Ski Town Hair Down

Turns out that skiers have long been known for their big hair. Dick Dorworth refused to shave or cut his hair as a ski instructor in the early 1970s, yet his superiors were loathe to fire him because he was just too damn pretty on skis. Steve McKinney, at one point the fastest man on the planet, let the locks fly when he launched Squaw’s Palisades on his 225cm downhill boards. Shane McConkey sported a glorious mullet, and Seth Morrison’s chameleonic ways of changing hair color in the ’90s injected skiing with some much-needed punk rock.

And, of course, there’s Glen Plake. Not just any skier; not just any mohawk.

So we’ll stop you right there from thinking this is merely a sideshow from editors with way too much time on their hands. On the contrary, the Ski Town Hair Down settles the score once and for all: Who has the best hair in skiing?


Disclaimer: Footage possibly NSFW.