January 17, 2007
Boulder, Colo. (USFO Press Release)—The editors of Skiing Magazine announced today the winners of their second annual Slayin' It Awards, honoring the top skiers in North America. The winners will be recognized at an awards party on Friday, January 19, at Copper Mountain during the U.S. Freeskiing Open.
A broad range of skiers—from Olympic racers to ski mountaineers to park-and-pipe innovators—received awards. Male and female winners were picked in five categories, with a single lifetime achievement award given to one skier. A story in the February 2007 issue of Skiing—on sale January 30—bursts with vibrant color images of the winners and explains why they won.
Here's a brief look:
Category: Film Skier of the Year
An expert panel of four judges—Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Wendy Fisher, Ingrid Backstrom, and Eric Pehota—voted for their favorite film skiers from the year's top ski movies.
Male: Mark Abma (Matchstick Productions)
Female: Grete Eliassen (Poor Boyz Productions)
Category: Powder Image of the Year
Capturing a spectacular powder shot is a team effort. This award goes to the athlete/photographer team who submitted the best single powder image.
Male Skier: Loris Falquet; Photographer: Myriam Lang-Willar-Hadik
Female Skier: Michelle Manning; Photographer: Lee Cohen
Category: Best Trick
Given to a single jaw-dropping, boundary-pushing stunt.
Male: Jon Olsson, for the Kangaroo Flip
Female: Michelle Parker, for the Zero Spin
Category: Dark Horse Award
Once in a while, a skier comes out of relative obscurity to shock the skiing world. Thankfully for the U.S., it happened twice at the Torino Olympics.
Male: Ted Ligety
Female: Julia Mancuso [pagebreak]Category: Golden Crampon Award
Climbing unassisted to elevations above 14,000 feet—then skiing down—is probably the hardest thing a skier can do.
Male: Chris Davenport, for his bid to climb and ski all of Colorado's fourteeners in one year
Female: Kit DesLauriers, for being the first woman to ski Mount Everest
Category: Still Slayin' It
This lifetime achievement award honors Mike Douglas, an iconic figure who continues to push the sport in new directions. A founder of the new-school movement, Douglas has been skiing, filming, competing, and coaching for three decades. Through his work with Salomon and other business dealings, he works both behind the scenes and in front of the cameras to keep skiing fresh.
Skiing Magazine's BOOST Honors the Year's ?Top Park-and-Pipe Athletes
In addition to Skiing Magazine's Slayin' It Awards, Skiing's BOOST—a new editorial supplement focused on park-and-pipe athletes—will honor its top skiers of the year at the January 19 party at Copper Mountain. The winners are:
Male Skier of the Year: T.J. Schiller (Armada)
From unleashing competition's first-ever 1440 at last year's U.S.Freeskiing Open to running the table in freeskiing events, Canada's T.J. Schiller has officially arrived as the one to beat in slopestyle and big-air events.
Female Skier of the Year: Sarah Burke (Roxy)
Having been a staple of park-and-pipe events for the better part of this decade, Burke is still throwing down, winning competitions, and taking the women's side of the sport to new levels. Need examples? A first-place finish is last year's U.S. Freeskiing Open superpipe, film appearances with MSP…and she still had to time to shoot an instructional piece in BOOST for girls wanting to progress in the terrain park.
Still Boostin': Greg Tuffelmire (Völkl)
Now 30 years old, G.T. graduated high school before many of today's freeride stars could walk. But that doesn't mean he doesn't impress people still with signature 1260s in the pipe, or that the veteran of three Warren Miller movies doesn't take time out to help the younger generation succeed. He served as an invalluable member of BOOST's ski-testing team last season, and he continues to be one of the most exciting people in the sport to watch. Maybe it's the hair.