Here and Now: Behind the scenes at Kings & Queens of Corbet’s
WORDS& PHOTOS • SAM TAGGART
Attending the Kings and Queens of Corbet’s competition in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a unique experience, one that should be witnessed with your own two eyes. Sure, the video replays strewn across the internet are in high-definition, but there’s something totally awe-inspiring about watching the huckfest in-person. Beyond the jaw-dropping action of the event, Kings and Queens also serves as a community building experience—one founded on a mutual respect for “sending it,” as well as Jackson Hole and the legendary skier who have paved the way in this respect.
Throughout the weeklong event, from the welcome party to the Awards Ceremony, athletes, spectators and media folk, like myself, had the chance to mix and mingle alongside one another on the hill, over drinks at happy hour and at the Pink Garter Theatre for the competition’s afterparty. Taking my camera with me to capture every instance—including those candid, in-between moments—I wanted to photograph the Kings and Queens experience beyond the competition. Here’s a behind the scenes peek at the rowdiest event in skiing, from competition day and beyond.