They got kind of buried among the hype surrounding the Sundance Film Festival last year so this year Powder Magazine stepped out of the shadows with their own blowout tonight in Salt Lake City. The 14th Annual Powder Awards at The Depot downtown celebrated the best in cinematography, photography, and athletic achievement in ski films at The Depot downtown.
Congrats to Sweetgrass Productions' Valhalla for Movie of the Year. Tim Durtschi won Best Male Performance in TGR's Way of Life, and Elyse Saugstad took Best Female for her work in TGR's Co-Lab. Sherpa Cinema's Into The Mind won for best cinematography and McConkey was named Best Documentary.
"This was one of the most challenging years to be a judge of the Powder Awards," says POWDER Editor John Stifter. "Between Best Jib and Best Line alone, we had more deliberation with the panel than ever. It really speaks to the high level of skiing and cinematography in our sport."
In addition to recognizing ski porn and pro athletes, the Powder Awards also showcased readers' favorite skiers with the annual Powder Poll. Seth Morrison and Ingrid Backstrom rose above the rest. Click here for all of the results.
It makes sense to hold the event in Utah where the best of the best not only patron but park it. The Powder Awards attract a who's who of the industry, including professional skiers, ski legends, ski film production crews, industry brands, media, and celebrities and they'll be at Snowbird tomorrow for the Morning After sesh.
The day appropriately begins at the crack of noon Saturday, December 7, where you can rub elbows with your favorite athletes and filmmakers on the Tram Plaza or even stalk them on the hill. There's a BBQ and DJ music planned until 2:30 and "the largest athlete signing in the world" at 3 p.m. Dress warmly. The forecast calls for a high of 10 degrees in Little Cottonwood Canyon.