Tanner Hall and Ingrid Backstrom: Athletes of the Year

Tanner Hall and Ingrid Backstrom: Athletes of the Year

Male Performance Of The Year: Tanner Hall

In a world where skiers are getting more and more specialized, Tanner Hall stands alone. Is Tanner Hall the best skier on the planet? Maybe. Is he is the most complete skier alive? Absolutely. Raking in his second Skier of the Year award is testament to that. Competitions to big mountains, icy halfpipes to pillow lines, Tanner comes out heavy hittin’ in any scenario he finds himself in. It might take another athlete years to check off early season urban missions, X Games medals, Dew Tour Championships, AFP Championships, AK mountains, BC lines, spring park shoots and a jaw dropping fi lm segment. Tanner did it in a single season last winter. His 100-percent gold medal ratio dropped to 50-percent gold and 50-percent silver, yet still he managed one of the fi nest competition seasons of any athlete. His work ethic, his drive and his passion for the sport are unrivaled. His name is synonymous with skiing. And that’s why he’s been named Male Skier of the Year. Again.

2nd place: Sean Pettit
3rd place: Shane McConkey

Female Performance Of The Year: Ingrid Backstrom

Since Ingrid Backstrom’s 2004 debut in MSP’s Yearbook, there has been no stopping her. She wowed the big mountain circuit and she’s been putting out the most impressive display of women’s big mountain skiing, then and now. Last winter saw MSP and Warren Miller’s lenses focus on the Tahoe-resident, as she tore up AK lines in her trademark style: fast, fearless, graceful, skillful and completely mesmerizing. Rather than settle into the off-season after a bronze medal performance at the World Heli Challenge, Ingrid jaunted up to China to ski mountaineer for weeks. Constantly pushing herself and the sport, Ingrid’s presence is an inspiration to countless skiers around the world. Ingrid has long been the queen of big mountain skiing, and this year was no exception, as Ingrid claims the Female Skier of the Year honors.

2nd place: Sarah Burke
T-3rd place: Grete Eliassen & Kaya Turski


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