Real Ski video contest gives urban skiing its X Games debut

Clayton Vila will be looking to take gold in the first-ever Real Ski competition after winning Movie of the Year at the 2016 POWDER Awards.

Clayton Vila will be looking to take gold in the first-ever Real Ski competition after winning Movie of the Year at the 2016 POWDER Awards.

For the first time in the history of the sport, urban skiing will be recognized by the X Games with the debut of the first-ever Real Ski video competition. (X Games ran a similar medaled event, Real Ski Backcountry, from 2013 through 2015, which focused on big lines out of bounds.)

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The competition, which follows the format of the other X Games Real Series video contests, pits video edits from six of the world’s best street skiers against each other, with a panel of judges coming together to decide who produced the most impressive short video.

Viewers can cast their votes for the Fan Favorite online through 11 a.m. PST on Feb. 21, and winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

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As for early frontrunners in the contest, it would be hard to pick against Clayton Vila, the street-skiing wizard behind For Lack of Better, which won Movie of the Year at the 2016 POWDER Awards.

While Vila’s résumé in street skiing can’t be questioned, he will face heavy competition from a field that includes, among others, two-time X Games gold medalist Tom Wallisch:

You can cast your vote here, but tune into ABC on Feb. 20 to the “World of X Games” program to see how the Real Ski contest came to fruition and who took home gold, silver and bronze.

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