Announcing the 2016 Skiers of the Year

Announcing the 2016 Skiers of the Year

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It’s that time of year, folks: time to crown the Skiers of the Year…

To determine the winners, we contacted over 250 of the most talented and knowledgeable professional skiers out there and had them rank the five athletes they thought had the best 2015-16 ski season. “Best season” is a term open to interpretation, but we ask the athletes to think about a few things: film segments, web series and edits, contest results and overall impact on the ski scene. It took a little time to garner these votes, considering most folks have been chasing the insane pow that’s falling everywhere and spending holiday time with family and friends. But, alas, we’ve come to a consensus.

Each nomination (1-5) corresponds with a point value: A #1 pick earns 10 points; a #2 pick earns five points, and so on. Thereby, if a particular skier shows up consistently in the #3 or #4 slot, they’d still have a shot at faring well in the final tally. There were no restrictions on nominations; skiers were able to throw any and all names in the hat.

Tons of talented folks were considered for this honor—their efforts in 2016 each noteworthy in their own way—but in the end two stood out from the rest. So, without further ado…


2016 FREESKIER Magazine
Men’s Skier of the Year


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2016 Skier of the Year, Sammy Carlson. Carlson also took this honor in 2015. Photo: Daniel Rönnbäck.

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Carlson blasting through deep powder with Mustang Powder Cats in British Columbia, as seen on our 2017 Buyer’s Guide cover. Photo: Daniel Rönnbäck.

Earning the Skier of the Year honor for the second year in a row is none other than Mr. Sammy Carlson. The Hood River, Oregon native had a truly impressive 2015-16 season—resulting in widespread praise from fellow pro skiers. Between his stunning season edit, third consecutive X Games Real Ski Backcountry win, killer cover shot on our 2017 Buyer’s Guide and a whole lot more, it was a season for the books.

Close behind Carlson are Swede Henrik Harlaut and American Parker White in second and third, respectively. Harlaut stunned the ski scene with BE Inspired, a film he made in collaboration with Phil Casabon. White, meanwhile, came out swinging with The Big Picture crew via several top-notch short films.


2016 FREESKIER Magazine
Women’s Skier of the Year


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2016 Skier of the Year, Kelly Sildaru. Photo: Like That Agency / David Malacrida. Courtesy of Faction Skis.

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Sildaru going big at Cardrona, New Zealand. Photo: Camilla Rutherford. Courtesy of Faction Skis.

At just 13 years old, Sildaru took the competition scene by storm last season—proving that age is irrelevant on her quest for skiing dominance. Perhaps the highlight was her gold medal at the X Games slopestyle, making her the youngest Winter X Games winner ever. She also took gold at the Dew Tour slopestyle competition, among many other impressive accomplishments throughout the season.

In second and third, respectively, we have Angel Collinson (bumped off the throne after taking top honors in 2015) and Tatum Monod. Both big-mountain rippers who more-than-deserve spots on this esteemed podium, Angel and Tatum spent 2015-16 among some of the world’s deepest powder and you bet they’re doing the same this winter.


Please join us in congratulating Carlson, Sildaru and the rest of the fierce competition out there. And, now, let’s look ahead to a fantastic 2017 full of even more mind-blowing skiing.

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