X Games has invited seven backcountry skiers who will compete in the second edition of ESPN’s video-only ski competition, Real Ski Backcountry, which premieres never-before-seen video parts Wednesday, Aug. 27 on XGames.com/realskibackcountry. Each Real Series athlete invited to participate will be given the opportunity to partner with an editor of their choice on the production of the video and present their vision in their own unique style.
Each Real Ski Backcountry video part will be judged by a committee of well-respected action sports industry icons and professionals. All individual videos and gold medal announcements will air during the Sunday, Sept. 14 World of X Games show on ABC. A first place prize of $25,000 will be awarded to the winner, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals for the top three finishers. Fans will also have a chance vote for their favorite video through Twitter and Instagram by including the skier’s #LastName + @XGames #RealSki in their post. The fan favorite will be awarded $5,000.
The seven athletes invited to compete:
- Wiley Miller (Salt Lake City, Utah) – The People’s Choice winner at Red Bull Cold Rush 2012, Miller earned the fan favorite award in the first edition of Real Ski Backcountry
- Dane Tudor (Palmer, Alaska) – Winner of the 2012 Red Bull Cold Rush, Tudor was one of the few Real Series athletes to do all his own editing for his Real Ski Backcountry part in 2013
- Sammy Carlson (Hood River, Oregon) – The judges choice and 2013 Real Ski Backcountry gold medalist, Carlson is a six-time X Games medalist.
- Jacob Wester (Taby, Sweden) – A regular competitor at X Games Big Air and Slopestyle competitions, 2014 will be Wester’s first foray into Real Ski Backcountry
- Sam Favret (Chamonix, France) – Currently climbing the Freeride Tour rankings, Favret won the Red Bull Linecatcher event in 2013
- Joe Schuster (Vernon, BC, Canada) – One of the most versatile skiers around, Schuster is best-known for his video parts and will make his Real Ski Backcountry debut
- Tim Durtschi (Bend, Oregon) – Spending more time in front of the lens than on the competition course, Durtschi earned the closing segment in Teton Gravity Research’s
Here’s a look at some of last years footage from the Real Ski Backcountry competition at X Games Tignes.