Twenty-five-year-old skier Angel Collinson made history last night at the 16th annual Powder Awards: For the first time, a woman captured the title for “best line,” a category matching some of the wildest descents against one another. Collinson’s segment from Teton Gravity Research’s film Paradise Waits, shown below, displays the radical, charging Alaskan bomber that beat out three men, Josh Daiek (blank. The Movie, We Are Blank), James Heim (Fade to Winter, MSP Films) and Ian McIntosh (Paradise Waits, TGR).
“Thank you all for everything you contribute,” the Utah local told the crowd at the awards in Salt Lake City. “But I really think this one goes out to all the men…who support us women and bring us into your fold and give us all these opportunities and support us and believe in us. I would not be here without you.”
To those outside the culture of pro skiing and filmmaking, it might not seem like such a big deal, but it is big step forward. The last decade has seen tremendous growth in high-level women’s big-mountain skiing, with more women drawn to it, accepted, and stepping up with parity.
“Angel’s win is a huge deal, and it speaks volumes for female skiers,” Powder’s John Clary Davies told GrindTV. “Her skiing is riveting. She skis with a wonderful combination of technical fluidity, power and grace, even among the chaos of the massive mountains around her.”
Collinson had quite the night. She also captured Best Female Performance and won the Women’s Reader Poll, taking that title from Ingrid Backstrom, who’d won it nine years in a row.
Now let’s just hope that the gender of award winners will be irrelevant someday real soon.