Dean Cummings swooped the Best Line Powder Mag award for his Dragon’s Back Spine Descent. The line is featured in his movie, The Steep Life, where Cummings makes some epic first descents down Dragon’s Back Spine of Meteorite Mountain as well as down The Tusk. The descents are captured by 8 cameras and the shots are radical!
Cummings has been making ski films for the past 20 years. Still, he was humbled to be selected from among the ranks of previous champs such as Ian McIntosh (Teton Gravity Research), Dane Tudor (Poor Boy Productions), Eric Hjorleifson (Match Stick Productions), Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (Teton Gravity Research), and Kye Petersen (All.I.Can.). Dean was super thankful for the support of his family, wife Karen and children Wyatt Kodiak and Tesslina, as well as his H2o Guides, thanking them for making it possible to keep charging the big peaks of Alaska’s Chugach Range.
Having lost many close friends himself, Dean also spoke on his passion for investing in the safety and wellbeing of the ski community. He strives to continue teaching practical techniques and protocols to help ski enthusiasts avoid avalanches. His avalanche safety curriculum has won multiple safety awards from the Alaska governor’s office and recently earned him the Educator of the Year award from Avalanche/Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.
The Powder Mag Awards have grown significantly since their debut 12 years ago. The event has become one of the biggest nights in skiing and attracts people in all walks of life. From the legendary chargers to the local ski bums the Powder Awards highlight the best of the year’s ski films. At the event you can see the Movie of the Year, Best Male and Female Performance, and Powder Mag reader favorites. It’s a night of celebrating skiing and the people stoked about the industry. For the complete list of winners at this year’s Powder Video Awards, visit the magazine’s website.