Hey world! About a week and a half ago I went down to Salt Lake for the Powder Video Awards, essentially the oscars of the ski film world, where Valhalla was nominated for four awards. It was a beautiful night, well put together and produced, with a cast of just about the best people all jammed into one room that I could have imagined. The weekend started off skiing a little bit of fresh snow at Alta with some great people, then right downtown for the awards, which were held at the Depot. The VIP pre party in the bar on the side of the venue was total and absolute madness, which is to be expected when you get a big group of excited skiers together into one room and give them a bunch of free booze. Next up was the main event. Everyone piled into the main room, and the rest of the ticket holders were let in through the front door. If you would like to see details on exactly who won what check it out on powdermag.com/powder-awards/
The detail that I'm getting to, and probably why you're reading this far is Valhalla. Of the four nominations we won two; Best editing, and the big one: Film of the Year. First off I couldn't be more stoked that it worked out that well for us, and second, as we heard the announcement was right about when I heard Nick say "Let's get naked!! So we did. As we were running up to the stage we ran through the back stage dressing room, and started ripping off clothes. I made the mistake of coming out on the stage with my underwear still on, and was immediately met with a wave of boos, so stepped behind the pedestal and pulled them off. Next came acceptance speeches. The boys are pretty damn good talkers for the most part, so they all said things that made sense, and fit the occasion, and I was happy that they did. I think mine (in part due to being naked in front of thousands of people for the first time and being understandably nervous and being a little drunk... enough excuses, I kinda blew the speech part) was something roughly along the lines of, "uh, well, ya know.." Oops. What I meant to say was "THIS IS AWESOME!!!" or something a little better worded, but basically, you get the idea.
Best film was the end of the night, or at least end of the awards, so we proceeded drink more than you should, dance almost as much as you should, and cheers plenty too. It was a great night, and I couldn't be more proud to have been a part of such a cool project.