Backcountry Athletes Clean up on the Awards Circuit
Backcountry.com athletes are getting a lot of love on the awards circuit, most recently at Powder Magazine’s 15th annual awards on December 5 in Salt Lake City. As you can see in the clips below, the Backcountry Goat is traveling in some pretty high-flying circles.
Teton Gravity Research’s Almost Ablaze pulled down top honors as “Movie of the Year.” This film, “a global odyssey combining state-of-the-art cinematography and the most progressive riding on the planet,” features a number of Backcountry athletes who also received individual recognition nod from the jury.
The most attention, though, (and a grip of awards) has been generated as a result of Cody Townsend’s outrageous line in MSP Film’s Days of My Youth. Cody somehow manages to avoid getting grated like a hunk of cheese on the rock walls of a couloir that’s not much wider than he is as he rockets down a nearly-vertical face in AK. For this astonishing feat, Cody raked in not only the “Best Male Performance” award, but also got “Full Throttle” and “Best Line” recognition. He also arrived 10th in the reader’s Powder Poll, but after this performance, we suspect he will be near the top of the charts in years to come.
Angel Collinson was awarded “Best Female Performance” for her skiing in Almost Ablaze. Watch below as she rips massive lines in Alaska—check out her last one in particular, where she makes a spine transfer look easy. This clip represents the first time that a woman has been featured in a major film’s opening segment; Angel’s performance has also been nominated by the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the Coldsmoke Film Festival.
Sage Cattabriga-Allosa, Johnny Collinson, and newly-signed BC athlete Nick McNutt shared the “Best Powder” award for their work in Almost Ablaze, including this segment featuring Nick:
Nick was also recognized with “Breakthrough Performance” honors by Powder, as well as “Rookie of the Year” by the International Freeski Film Festival (iF3) In addition, Sage took fourth in the Powder Poll in the men’s division. Backcountry athletes dominated the women’s division, with Ingrid Backstrom, Michelle Parker, and Angel taking first, third, and fourth, respectively.