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Powder 8's Local Qualifier

2017 Powder 8's Local Qualifier Results

Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 10:30 am | Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Details & FAQ’s:
WHO: YOU! A Teton County, ID Local… And a partner
WHAT: Powder 8 Local Qualifier for the Grand National Powder 8 Competition to be held February 4th, 2017. A minimum of the top 3 teams will go on to the Grand Nationals.
WHERE: Powder 8 Face in Cody Bowl


  • Registration Fee: $100 per team ($50 per person), payment via check or cash. Teams triumphing to the final are not excluded from Grand National Fees
  • Registration, Selection, Participation does include a lift ticket for the day of the competition, if needed
  • Must be a local to participate in this event

REGISTRATION: Margaret Brady | Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Events Manager | registration by email only at |

Registration Window & Questions:

  • Now until January 9, 2017 (deadline is 12 noon on Monday, January 9th)
  • 22 teams maximum for the event, if more than 22 sign up, entry will be done by a random draw
  • Teams will be notified on January 9th on their status

Important Dates & Times:

  • Friday, January 13, 2016 5:00 pm Mandatory Competitors Meeting covering  Backcountry Procedure Protocol, Draw Your Number/Lane Assignment in the  Events Tent
  • Competitor Tram: Must load 8:24 am Tram to Ski, Snooze/Lose Situation, No Exceptions
  • Start Time: 10:30 am Cody Bowl (Weather Permitting)
  • 4:00 PM After-Party in the Gabe Room.  Drinks, snacks and video. No Prizes, but teams will be notified on who will make it to the finals
Big Picture Nitty Gritty’s & FAQ:

  • Grand National | $10,000 in Prize Money Sponsored by GoPro, plus other prizes that include: two Mammut airbags, two Mammut transceivers, Mountain Kakai sweaters and GoPro cameras.

Winning Team-$5,000 plus belt buckles
Runners Up- $3,000 Runners Up
Third Place- $2,000

  • Entry Fee: $200/team gets each team a two-day lift ticket valid for February 6 & 7, 2016 and additional 50% off tickets are available upon
  • Lodging Specials Are Available to Confirmed Competitors

Required for Each Competitor: Signed Liability Release, carry necessary avy gear, beacon minimum.

Not-To-Be-Forgotten: THE RULES + Judging Criteria of Five Select Judges TBA

USA Powder 8 Championship Rules

Three components, 15 points each

  • Synchronized Skiing, two skiers ski in synch to form the figure of linked 8's (not opposite synchronized)
  • Dynamic Skiing, both skiers use a blend of three ski performances (edging, twisting, bending) to maximize control, speed, shape, and synchronicity.
  • Roundness, symmetry, line of descent is a combination of three components. 
    • Roundness = round shaped turns.
    • Symmetry = turns from one side to the other are the same (left turns are the same as right turns).

Line of Descent = path of linked 8's should be straight down, not necessarily following the fall line.

OTHER: Potential Fine Print of Additional Info to be edited below:
Over 15 teams from around the Rockies have been invited to come to Jackson to compete in this event on Saturday, February 4th
The nationally recognized event, which ran from 1975 until 2001, will feature invited teams, the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol team, a team from the Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School and several local qualifier teams for a total of 22 teams all gunning for over $10,000 in cash and prizes.
An annual competition, which took place for over two decades in the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (then closed) Backcountry, was first won by Pepi Stiegler and Peter Habeler, and a long tradition of participating and winning teams were fielded from some of the best resorts in the Rocky Mountain region, including Vail, Aspen, Whistler, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Snowbird and Sun Valley and more-hopefully if not all of which are sending teams.  Held outside of the ski area boundary, before the backcountry gates were open to the public, the event was nationally renowned for years, and winners were then sent to the World Championships held at Mike Wiegele’s heli ski operation.  With the opening of the backcountry gates in the winter 1999-2000 and the decreasing popularity of synchronized skiing, the resort stopped hosting the competition after 2001.  JHMR is proud to bring back this time-honored competition for the 50th anniversary celebrations. As tradition would have it teams will be judged on, synchronization, symmetry of the 8’s, and skiers style.


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