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The Ultimate Ski Bum Has Been Chosen!

The Ultimate Ski Bum Has Been Chosen!

[ Thu, 2009-12-03 15:54 ]
ultimate ski bum, chris tatsuno 2
Self-professed "second generation dirtbag transient conceived in a hot tub born in a snowstorm" whose middle name is Snow wins three free months along Canada's Powder Highway

Did you know that, despite being the world's biggest and stinkiest ski bums, we here at SKI Magazine weren't allowed to enter the Powder Highway Ultimate Ski Bum contest? Was there ever a more unjust event in the history of the world? Er, probably, but this one hurts the most. Especially given the prize: three months on Canada's Powder Highway, with free lift tickets to all of its resorts, free lodging, free transport, and -- sigh -- 16 days of free cat- and heliskiing. Entrants only need submit a short video describing why they were the ultimate ski bum. (Us, we have a simple method for determining ski bumness. Do you have more than one pair of woolie socks? Then you're not a ski bum.) Contestants dressed up as giant fluffy bunnies, composed ski bum-style raps, and went for sympathy points -- one guy showed himself skiing on mud. Truly sad. But not sad enough to win over the contest's judges, who this week chose Chris Tatsuno of Snowmass, Colo., to be the Ultimate Ski Bum. Tatsuno, whose ski patroller poppa also named him Yukio ("it's Japanese for snow"), has been living in his van in resort parking lots for the past four winters while he follows the Freeskiing World Tour. We'd say he deserves it. Ski bum heritage? Check. Living in a van? Check. Middle name really is Snow? OK, guy, you win.