Powder Video Awards
Powder Video Awards
Essentially the Oscars for ski movies, the Powder Magazine Video Awards took place last night in Aspen, Colorado. Skiing Magazine crashed the party to watch the pros on the red carpet and see which film earned Best Picture.
There actually is a red carpet at the Powder Video Awards. And skiing's biggest celebrities—Tanner Hall, Ingrid Backstrom, Sage Cattabriga Alosa, Lynsey Dyer—all walk down it on their way into the Video Awards, which was held last night at Aspen, Colorado's Jerome Hotel. The night’s biggest star was a new, young face in ski movies: Sean Pettit, a 17-year-old from Pemberton, British Columba, who earned himself the title of Best Male Performance and the Full Throttle Award for his big lines and playful backcountry tricks in Matchstick Productions' In Deep. When his name was announced for Best Male Performance, however, Petttit was nowhere to be seen. Tanner Hall took the stage and called for Pettit repeatedly, but several minutes passed and still, no man of the hour. Tanner encouraged the audience to chant Pettit’s name and eventually, he must have heard the call from the bathroom (or wherever he was) and came out on stage. (Tanner then proceeded to validate Pettit’s award with multiple accolades.)
Best Female performance went to Lynsey Dyer for her segment in Magic Moments by Stormshow Studios. When she got to the stage, she mentioned her non-profit SheJumps.org and how due to the lack of women in ski films, this winter they’re collecting ski footage of women skiing from anyone who will send it in. “Shoot your mom, your girlfriend, your sister, whoever,” Lynsey said on stage, and then, raising her glass said, “Here’s to all the women who rip.”
The biggest victory for a small ski movie company had to be the award for Best Cinematography, which went to Sweetgrass Production’s Signatures. Sweetgrass’ Nick Waggoner accepted the honors by playing We Are the Champions on his harmonica (which he joked was purchased by the movie’s sponsor, Patagonia). We happened to be there during Nick's drive to Aspen yesterday (in his duct-tape clad school bus) where he practiced this song, just in case he won.
The grand honor of the night, Best Movie, went to MSP’s In Deep, which beat out the three other nominees: Everyday is a Saturday by Poor Boyz Productions, Refresh by Level 1 Productions, Wild Stallions by Meathead Films, Re:Session by Teton Gravity Research.
For complete results, go here.