The Level 1 crew took home five nominations and three coveted Powder Awards at the industry’s most prestigious award show last week, giving due accolades to the athletes whose blood sweat and tears helped make HABIT one of the most award-winning ski titles of 2017.
Tatum Monod finally took home the prize for Best Female Performance- a hard-earned title that has been years in the making. Tatum went into this past season on a mission to push her skiing further than ever, and by all accounts did just that. She’s clearly established her steadfast focus on style while pushing to incorporate tricks into her backcountry freestyle skill set, following in the footsteps of her male counterparts (and not too far behind!).
LJ Strenio was awarded Best Jib for his backflip concrete pillar stall- which is likely to go down as one of the rowdiest street stunts ever done. Incidentally, it was the very first feature LJ and Jake Strassman shot during the winter of 16/17 for their Real Ski edit. “There wasn’t a lot of snow in early December in Salt Lake and I was bored so we just started shoveling dirt and what little snow there was as quickly as we could before it melted,” recalls LJ.
Keegan Kilbride won Breakthrough Performer for his standout opening segment in HABIT (along with appearances in the Russia and Mammoth segments). Keegan’s special blend of style and technicality hasn’t gone unnoticed, and he’s now put himself in the position of one of the most-watched up and comers in the ski scene. Keep an eye out for this kid in the future… big things to come.
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