Pow prizes: Transworld SNOWboarding, Powder Magazine award annual honors at Riverwalk Center
Some of the most sought after ski and snowboard hardware in the world was awarded on back-to-back nights in Breckenridge Thursday and Friday as the 18th annual Powder Awards and the 19th annual TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Awards took place at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center.
Anna Gasser, the 2017 Burton U.S. Open and X Games Norway slopestyle champion, and French Canadian snowboarder Louif Paradis took home the coveted Rider of the Year awards.
Paradis also played a major role in the film that won Video of the Year, “Beacon,” a collaboration with filmmaker Hayden Rensch that documented what Paradis and Rensch view as modern-day snowboarding.
The 2017 Legend Award went to 1998 American Olympian Todd Richards, the man who won the inaugural X Games halfpipe competition and is the only male rider to medal in big air, halfpipe and slopestyle at the X Games.
Icelandic rider Halldor Helgason won the fan-favorite Readers’ Choice Award and the Video Part of the Year award for his part in the TransWorld SNOWboarding film “Arcadia.”
Robyn Van Gyn also won a Video Part of the Year award, as one of the stars of “Depth Perception.”
Rookie of the Year awards went to Mike Liddle, a star of the Arbor Snowboards movie “Cosa Nostra,” and Jill Perkins, a Too Hard crew member whose 2017 season edit made a splash when TransWorld SNOWboarding debuted it in late November.
Nils Mindnich won the Standout Performance award for his win at the 31st annual Mount Baker Legendary Banked Slalom. And the award for Online Video Series of the Year went to “Something” by the Manboys.
Men’s Readers Choice Award
Women’s Readers Choice Award
Men’s Rookie of the Year
Women’s Rookie of the Year
Online Video Series of the Year
“Something” by The Manboys
Video of the Year
Men’s Video Part of the Year
Halldor Helgason, “Arcadia”
Women’s Video Part of the Year
Robin Van Gyn, “Depth Perception”
Men’s Rider of the Year
Women’s Rider of the Year
Standout Performance of the Year
Each year the Powder Awards recognize the best artistic expression of skiers, cinematographers and photographers, and this year, Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley was the host for the event, which crowned 13 award winners from 37 films that were represented.
One of those awards was new this year: the Moving Mountains Award. It honors someone in the ski industry who gives back.
Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Company’s vice president of environmental sustainability, won the inaugural award for his efforts to create climate change policy change. Schendler also chairs the board of Protect Our Winters.
And in the Powder Poll — the public’s vote for their favorite skiers — Caroline Gleich won top honors for the women while Candide Thovex won for the men.
Photo of the Year
Photographer: Ming T. Poon
Skier featured: Cody Townsend
Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada
First Place — Candide Thovex
Second Place — Cody Townsend
Third Place — Chris Benchetler
First Place — Caroline Gleich
Second Place — Angel Collinson
Third Place — Tatum Monod
Moving Mountains Award
Logan Pehota, “Numinous,” Dendrite Studios
Tanner Hall, “Triumph,” Tanner Hall, Corey Stanton, and Tom Yaps
Chris Rubens, Eric Hjorleifson, and Mark Abma, “Drop Everything,” by Matchstick Productions
LJ Strenio, “Habit,” Level 1 Productions
Best Female Performance
Tatum Monod, “Habit,” Level 1 Productions
Best Male Performance
Sammy Carlson, “To Be,” Sammy C Productions
“Tales of Vienna,” Seeking Nirvana
Best Post Production
“Numinous,” Dendrite Studios
“The Time Within,” DPS Cinematic
“2.5 Million,” T-Bar Films
Movie of the Year
“Numinous,” Dendrite Studios
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