Now that the dust has settled, and the celebratory hangovers from skiing’s biggest award show have somewhat subsided, it’s time to rehash the most memorable moments from the 13th annual Powder Awards held in Park City, Utah.
We caught up with winners, Candide Thovex and Level 1 Productions’ Josh Berman, Powder magazine editors, and several primped and primed partygoers for their insight into what made the show special.
The biggest surprise was how many good people from Park City and Salt Lake came out to the show. We were sold out and the house was packed! I am happy for Josh Berman and Level 1 for winning their first movie of the year. Those guys care about good filmmaking and skiing, and it was nice to see the Powder Awards Panel give them the top honor. — Mike Rogge, Powder magazine associate editor
Aside from all the production errors, uh, the biggest surprise for me was Sandy Boville winning breakthrough performer. He was shocked, and we learned he is not yet filming this year nor has sponsors. A true breakthrough. — John Stifter, Powder magazine editor
To win the best documentary was very impressive, and to win the best skier award was very surprising. I didn’t expect this–I am happy. But I don’t remember the biggest moments from the event, because I didn’t really follow the awards. I was having beers and talking with people and then they called me up and then again, and again.
Just the fact that they called me up four times to come and get awards was very surprising. I was so very impressed to get that many awards and it’s definitely a good feeling. I was in France two days ago, so I kind of had a feeling that I might receive one award, because Quiksilver really wanted to send me. I was like, “OK, they must know that something is going on.” But I really I had no idea it would be this many. This is really nice. – Candide Thovex, winner of four Powder Awards
The best moment for me at the Powder Award’s was, hands down, Hoji’s acceptance speech. It was a POV edit of him shredding pow and “accepting his award.” He said, “Sorry I can’t be there” type of thing, because “I’m shredding powder in BC!” It was hilarious! – Rachael Burks, professional skier
My standout feature from the 2013 PVA’s was Level 1 taking home movie of the year. I remember buying their first movie on VHS from Berman out the back of his car in Vermont. It’s crazy to think that 13 years later Level 1 would be on the forefront of ski cinematography and storytelling. So stoked for their whole crew: Kyle, Schui, Freedle. Also, I think it’s awesome that Stept Productions is getting the recognition they deserve. Those guys pour their hearts out into their movie every year and it just keeps getting better. Big things are in their future. And when The Meatheads won for best powder I was screaming at my TV. As someone born and raised on East Coast ice it’s so good to see a banger pow edit come out of a place like Jay Peak that can not only stand up to the likes of out west, but beat them. – Dave Amirault, Aspen/Snowmass international marketing manager, ski industry icon
Standout moment of the night, aside from of course taking home Level 1′s two awards, was watching Candide Thovex clean up and take home four very well deserved pieces of hardware. I’ve known him for 15 years and have seen him do it all–he’s one of the most inspiring skiers in the game with a storied career in every way but with the most humble attitude and approach. He’s someone you want to root for and to see him continue to crush it and to get the respect he deserves, well, makes you feel good to see that the industry still has his back and recognizes what he continues to accomplish. — Josh Berman, Level 1 Productions, Best Film and Best Editing
The biggest surprise of the night for me was actually how small everyone was. I was like, “I am so much bigger than almost all the freeskiers!” They are a tiny group of people, like really little people. I’m 5’10” and a former ski racer, but now I’m in the big-mountain scene, so I’m not huge, but I felt like a giant last night. I saw Sean Pettit on stage and I am a huge fan of his–I think what he does is rad, but he was so much smaller than me. I was wearing heels, so it made me like six feet tall, so I felt huge in comparison to all the winners. I guess when people ski so hard, you just think of them as big in your head, so it was really big surprise for me to see how small everyone was! — Kaylin Richardson, professional skier
The biggest standout moment from the Powder Awards was to have Candide Thovex actually in town for the event. He is such a legend and an icon of the sport, so it was amazing to see him win four well-deserved awards for his part in “A Few Words.” It was a memorable night. -- Julian Carr, professional skier
The biggest moments at the award show were how genuinely stoked the winners were, especially the Meatheads and Josh Berman–it’s really cool to see good people who are passionate about what they do get rewarded for their work. Also, Sandy Boville winning Breakthrough Performer. I’m excited to see what he does next. — Heather Hansman, Powder magazine online editor
Click the photo above to view the full gallery from the Powder Awards, and head to PowderMag.com for more from the show.
Photos courtesy Powder magazine