To quote one of the best and possibly cheesiest ’90s ski flick, Aspen Extreme, to win the Powder 8, “You’ve got to be able to ski anywhere, any time, in any conditions.”
Luckily, The Grand National Powder 8 competition held yesterday in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, was scheduled, giving the 22 teams a chance to practice their synchronized skiing.
The contest was held for the first time in 15 years at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the ultimate throwback.
The competition involves two skiers going down the mountain in synchronization together, forming a linked figure eight.
They’re judged on the roundness of the eight, the symmetry and the line of descent.
The contest was part of the resort’s 50th anniversary celebration and took place on the face of the out-of-bounds area the Cody Bowl.
Jim Schanzenbaker and Thomas Roennau of Aspen, Colorado, won the competition and a $5,000 prize.
Jackson Hole’s resident Powder 8 Historian Rick “Frosty” Frost (because every ski town needs a Powder 8 historian) said the event is a sight to behold.
“The Powder 8s incorporate all of your powder skiing skills. To watch a team that’s corking a run, really just nailing it, it’s something that I think any powder skier can appreciate,” Frost said in a video.
Truer words have never been spoken Frosty.
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