Freeskier’s Top 10 Poll Results

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on January 19, 2009 2:00 pm

It’s the first annual.  You can tell the grandkids where you were the day before the inauguration by checking out Freeskier Magazine’s First Annual Awards Poll.  Two separate awards in each category.  One for the industry, the other for the active consumer, aka the "reader".  The difference in results reveals the slight age gap surely present in such distinctions.  The younger, more park centric film "Turbo" from Level 1 was awarded Best Film by the readers.  While O.G.s of the genre in Matchstick Productions took the honor from the industry side for "Claim".  Many times, however, the two groups did see eye-to-eye.

If you watch ski films, you know Matchstick Productions are mountain artists.  Claim was awarded Best Cinematography by both the readers and industry.

The awards were also a big pat on the back for Level 1 Productions.  Again, where the industry and readers agreed was in giving the top two spots in Best Urban Segment to "Turbo".  Level 1 is at the forefront of the mind-blowing creativity happening in the terrain park and their related urban settings.  As the skills of the technician artists on skis have progressed, so has Level 1.  Add to that the validation of their ability, like Matchstick, to recognize future stars.  Ahmed Dadali’s return performance shines in Turbo.  Future star Tom Wallisch, featured in the same segment, took top rookie honors from the readers and was runner-up from the industry.

Retallack, British Columbia, is Tanner Hall’s favorite place to ski.  His familiarity with the super diverse terrain and the top shelf skills to dominate that terrain brought a well deserved Best Powder Segment award from both readers and industry.  Tanner’s run was awe-inspiring.  Not a well kept secret.  Everyone noticed, as Tanner was named Male Skier of the Year by both industry and reader.

For the complete list of results, click here.

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