The Newschoolers Awards are back for 2022... albeit they taking place late in 2021. We'll be recognizing the best skiing of the 2021 calendar year with a blowout party at Copper Mountain's Grand Hall. There'll be free drinks, food and the best skiers in the world will be there too, so if you cam make it, be sure to join us in person for the show... and check out the Dew Tour which will be going down in the daytime while you're there!
When? December 17th, 2021 at 7pm MST
Where? Copper Grand Hall, just above JJ's Tavern
Want to attend? Reserve your free entry and RSVP HERE
These awards recognize the best skiers and productions in Newschool skiing. Our pro awards, which were judged by Will Wesson, LJ Strenio, Katrina Siegfried, Xavier Mayrand, and Twig, representing NS go to the best of the best. Even selecting these nominees was a multi-hour conversation (after watching 40+ hours of ski content), so a huge thanks to our judging team by the way.
We will also be awarding our Newschoolers Member of the Year during the show and adding a legend of the sport to our Hall of Fame. And then there's the unveiling of the Trick Of The Year, as chosen by the NS community. The whole thing will be presented by Level 1's Conor Smith, who killed it at last year's show, despite the technical issues with the streaming platform.
Newschoolers Skier of the Year, Presented by Toyota:
Presented to the outstanding male and female skiers of the year, the Newschoolers Skier of the Year awards recognize those who have made the biggest impact on the ski scene. From the streets to contests to backcountry stunts, the winners are those who crushed it all-round in 2021.
Alex Hackel @imhackel
Markus Eder @MarkusEder
Alex Hall @AlexHall
Sam Kuch @Kuch
Magnus Graner @graner
Coline Ballet-Baz @colineballetbaz
Taylor Lundquist @taylorgang@
Sarah Hoefflin @hoffalish
Love them or hate them, competitions are a huge part of the freeski world. We watch and cover all the major freeski events, and there are some guys out there who make the whole process more enjoyable, courtesy of unique style or interesting trick selection. We wanted to recognize the fact that even though they don’t always come out on top of the podium, their skiing is often the most inspiring to us and our audience.
Max Moffatt @MaxMoffatt
Noah Bowman @NoahBowman
Crew of the Year
One of the most important parts of skiing is getting our there with your friends. Crews have always been the backbone of the freeski content industry and the Newschoolers community. This award goes to the crew that has had the most impressive 2021, judged by their media output, edits, social media presence and just how plain old stoked they got us.
Child Labor @ChildLabor
The Bunch @TheBunch
Outstanding Video Project of the Year - Sponsored By Arsenic Anywhere
We believe that ski films are the heart and soul of the freeski scene, so this award could be argued to be the most significant of all. It was a particularly crazy year for the ski movie this year, likely because the pandemic shut down resorts and contests the world over. And so everyone made a ski movie. I'd go out on a limb and say it was the best year for street skiing... ever. Combine that to the multi-year projects that dropped and you have the recipe for a very difficult judging conversation.
Love You Too - @TheBunch
Most Gutter - @strictly
Forrmula - Forre
Zootspace - Zootspace @zootspace
Is There Time For Matching Socks - @TheBunch
Best Short Video of the Year
Short ski videos have been the blood pumping through the veins of Newschoolers since we added the video section waaay back. For the NS awards, cuts under 10 minutes (not including credits) were eligible for the Best Short Video. We variously call them edits, shorts, short films, and more, and it’s hard to know where exactly to draw the line between the three. But whatever you call them, we couldn’t have an awards show without recognizing their huge role in skiing and the life of this site.
Here Goes - Sam Kuch @Kuch
20/21 Street Part - Siver Voll @Siver_Voll
The Ultimate Run - Markus Eder
Land Of The Darker Sun - Joona Kangas @keeshjoona
Security Notice - Alex Hall @AlexHall
Breakthrough Skier Of The Year
We reinistated this award this year because there were so many relatively new skiers to the scene who made a huge impact in 2021. This one is all about the transition from unknown to household name, be it via social media, a movie part or a dominant comp season. In other works, who made the biggest splash.
Tucker Fitzsimmons @tfitz
Trick of the Year
Trick of the Year is nigh on impossible to judge. There is so much out there and so difficult to objectively compare so we're turning this one over to you guys: Here are the nominees, VOTE HERE:
Magnus Graner - Tips under 270 to backslide
Alex Hackel - Switch hangdrag 7 pretzel
Alex Hall - Dub 10 pretz 180
Kryptoskier - Transfer of death
Markus Eder - Switch misty 9
Joona Sipola - Down C Down
LJ Strenio - Cork 180 redirect
Maino Ormio - Nosebutter surf
Andy Parry - Bench walk - Note: Andy has requested this trick not be considered for Best Trick so votes will not be counted.
Hugo Burvall - Switch lip 2, pretz 3 swap to switch