BRECKENRIDGE, CO (December 14, 2017) -- Under a starry Colorado night, skiers from across the continent gathered at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge to kick off winter at the 18th Annual Powder Awards and recognize the top achievements in skiing and ski movies. The biggest winners of the night included Tatum Monod for Best Female Performance, Sammy Carlson for Best Male Performance, and Numinous, a film by Dendrite Studios with Kye Petersen, for Movie of the Year.
The longest running awards show in skiing, the Powder Awards brings a rich history to an event that honors the ever-evolving forefront of the sport. A gathering of friends and colleagues, athletes and artists, photographers, writers, and filmers, as well as environmentalists, community members, and local skiers, the night is also reminiscent of an extended family reunion.
"Tonight was a night to celebrate creativity, inspiration, and a wonderful community coming together," said POWDER Editor John Clary Davies. "There are many different kinds of skiers. It's an honor to bring everyone together to celebrate going downhill on snow."
Leading up to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the Powder Awards gave a nod toward the Olympian heritage in skiing. Olympian Jonny Moseley, who won gold in the moguls at the 1998 winter games in Nagano, Japan, hosted the awards show for the first time. The event was also a stamp in the middle of a packed week here in Breckenridge for the Winter Dew Tour festival, an Olympic qualifier for ski and snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle.
This year, the Powder Awards recognized a plethora of emerging talent with many awards given to first-time winners, including Monod, who won Best Female Performance for her segment in Level 1's Habit.
"The Powder Awards are definitely something that's just in my goals,” says Monod. "It's such an honor to be nominated, let alone win. I'm extactic. I have no words. I'm so excited to win Best Female Performance."
Another first-time winner was Dendrite Studios, the Whistler-based film company that made Numinous, a stunning film that followed Kye Petersen into the mountains to pursue some of the biggest lines ever skied. A story told without words, Numinous was recognized for its artistry and vision. Add to that next-level drone footage and music, Numinous is a ski movie that deserves to be in any skier's collection. It also won Best Post-Production.
"At Dendrite Studios, we made our last full-length ski film in 2010, so we're slow on generating ideas, but it pays off in the end," said Nicolas Teichrob, the director of Numinous, while accepting the award for Movie of the Year on stage. "We're super thankful for the ski world and the fact that we get to make films."
Kye Petersen told the audience that Movie of the Year was the award he had come to Breckenridge to win. Petersen also took home hardware for Full Throttle, an award given to a hand-selected skier who displays courage, strength, speed, and calculation.
New this year, the Powder Awards presented the inaugural Moving Mountains award to recognize someone who gives back to the ski community. The recipient, Auden Schendler, is the VP of Sustainability at Aspen Ski Co. and has been a leader for pushing climate action in Washington D.C. He rallied skiers to speak up for the environment and climate change policy on stage, and his message was echoed by Caroline Gleich, who accepted the first place award for the reader-voted Powder Poll.
"It's been really cool to see how many skiers are vocal about climate change and global protection, and I want to encourage everyone to get louder," said Gleich, a professional skier in Salt Lake City who has lobbied for climate action in D.C. with Schendler.
The Powder Awards not only recognizes the best in film, but also the best in photography. Ming T. Poon, a photographer from Lake Tahoe, California, won Photo of the Year for a frame caught at sunrise above an inversion with skier Cody Townsend. High Fives Founder Roy Tuscany followed Poon on stage to auction off two framed prints, for $2,401, matched by Titos Vodka, a sponsor of the Powder Awards. The money will support athletes who are recovering from traumatic spinal cord injuries.
"There's so many photographers, so many photos, so many categories," said Poon, toward the end of the show. "This is surreal. I'm trippin right now."
OFFICIAL 18TH ANNUAL POWDER AWARDS WINNERS
Photo of the Year
Photographer: Ming T. Poon
Skier: Cody Townsend
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Aspen Skiing Co.
Logan Pehota, Numinous, Dendrite Studios
Tanner Hall, Triumph, Tanner Hall, Corey Stanton, and Tom Yaps
Mark Abma, Eric Hjorleifson, Chris Rubens, Drop Everything, MSP Films
LJ Strenio, Habit, Level 1 Productions
Keegan Kilbride, Habit, Level 1 Productions
Kye Petersen, Numinous, Dendrite Studios
Best Female Performance
Tatum Monod, Habit, Level 1 Productions
Best Male Performance
Sammy Carlson, To Be, Sammy C Productions
Tales of Vienna, Seeking Nirvana
Numinous, Dendrite Studios
The Time Within, DPS Cinematic
2.5 Million, T-Bar Films
Movie of the Year
Numinous, Dendrite Studios