After laying dormant for 15 years, a most-beloved ski tradition, The Powder 8, made its triumphant return to the Tetons yesterday on a stormy Jackson Hole morning. Christened with a foot of fresh snow from the past couple days, 44 skiers combining to form 22 teams, headed for the hills via an 8:24 am tram bound for Bernie’s Bowl. Despite the weather backup location move from the intended Cody Bowl to Bernies, the eventful day proved a grand old time had by all.
In a swift, sprinted, snowy and somewhat socked-in hour and half, the skiers and event organizers realized the continued legacy of a classic on-hill Powder 8 competition in true Jackson Hole form. The locals-only pre-qualifier event to February’s final TheGrand National Powder 8, was loaded with technically sound and stylish skiers making for one fine day in the 50th year of JHMR.
The in-bounds venue, another regular Powder 8 comp host site throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, saw an impressive lineup of 22 teams ski with ease, grace, and plenty of steeze. Certainly synch is the name of the game as per Powder 8 standards, but the Jackson Hole locs, in some cases- went above-and-beyond (per tradition) in the ‘matchy-match’ sense. Enthusiastic spectators and judges saw one pieces, jean jackets and jet suits galore.
Teams young and old, co-ed, all female, and all- twin (for reals) strutted their stuff one-by-one before the careful eye of selected judges well versed in the art of 8. Skiers representing The Jackson Hole Ski Club and St. Lawrence University Ski Team Alums to a duo representing Powder Magazine and the prerequisite Jackson Hole Air Force (hello Captail Benny Wilson and ‘Dave the Wave’!!) lined up atop their lottery-designated lane and skied their hearts out to the tune of 20-plus turns much to their own visible delight.
Powder 8 proved the best of days at JHMR. All were inspired and excited by the throwback and consequently threw down a healthy and fun competition. Thanks to Jackson Hole Ski Patrol for the inspiration and bringing the safety – All personnel who touched the P8 from Lifts to Race Crew to Judges. And of course the Powder 8 Locals for bringing this special version of ski spirit dating from ’71 back into this 50th season for all to watch and share in the fun.
Congratulations to everyone, especially the top 7 teams – all of whom are going on to the Grand National Powder 8 next month. These top-finishers will go head-to-head with invited teams from around the Rocky Mountains in the Grand National representing the best of what Jackson Hole has to offer. Long live the Powder 8 and see you February 6 in Cody Bowl!
All photos: Amy Jimmerson
|1||10||Halsey Hewson & Chris Denny||194|
|2||20||Jeff Leger & Tanner Flannagan||187|
|3||19||AJ Puccia & Brendan Levine||184|
|4||17||Ethan Valenstein & Sam Sehnert||183|
|5||21||Bart Flynn & George Flynn||177|
|6||13||Capt. Benny Wilson & Dave the Wave||170|
|7||22||Brigid Horigan & Sarah Felton||169|
|8||3||Kristan Waddle & Jenny Allen||160|
|9||16||Paul Velte & Jeb Stuart||159|
|10||12||Rick Hunt & Jon Hunt||147|
|11||18||Shannon Owens & Christian Cisco||136|
|12||9||Cassandra Lee & Patrick Brennan||126|
|13||0||Drew Kneeland & Kyle MacDowell, JHSP 118|
|14||8||Zach Simon &Mike MacDonald||116|
|15||5||Prudence Daniels & Sofie Danforth||115|
|16||4||Rob DesLauriers & Kit DesLauriers||113|
|17||14||Ana Rode & Lori Roux||111|
|18||11||Bill Allen &Morgan Carrig||94|
|19||2||Wes Lucas & Steve Zelikovitz||93|
|20||7||Eric Jacobson & Dave Blatt||90|
|21||15||John Verdon &Matt Hansen||86|
|22||1||John Grant & Lisa Grant||64|
|23||6||Rachel Levitz & Lauren Roux||0|