Real Ski, the all-urban, all-film freeski contest brought to you by X Games is back for another year. Featuring 90-second street skiing edits from six of the best urban and freeriders around, the two-part contest is judged by a professional panel as well as you, the FREESKIER audience, for the fan-favorite vote. FREESKIER’s Skier of the Year, Phil Casabon, is defending his first-place and fan-favorite Real Ski titles against Swedish skiers, Kim Boberg, Henrik Harlaut and Pär “Peyben” Hägglund, Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand and American Jake Mageau. From the skiing to the cinematography, this year’s videos take the contest to a completely new level. Check out each competitor’s Real Ski submission, below, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite riders, here.
Casabon definitely made it hard for himself to beat last year’s first-place and fan-favorite edit but, alas, the French Canadian freeskier throws down another mind-blowing edit with videographer Brady Parron. From this minute and a half of skiing madness, Casabon may very well defend his title for a second year.
Hitting a dry spell in Sweden the first month of the filming window, where Boberg did all of his filming for Real Ski, the Swedish freeskier set out on a massive road trip to get the shots–and snow–he needed. Those efforts paid off for this 100-second edit.
One of freeskiing’s most prolific two-plankers, Henrik Harlaut, throws down in his second Real Ski appearance. In true Harlaut style, he did all of his filming on top of a full competition schedule, including his last clip, which he shot the same day as the X Games slopestyle finals. Casual.
With the lack of snow in his home country of Sweden, Pär “Peyben” Hägglund booked it to Quebec to chase snow deep into the northern-most part of the province. Putting skis in all kinds of new places, Hägglund proves he’s a force to be reckoned with in this year’s contest.
A wizard on skis, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand–ABM as he’s known–takes a different approach to his edit, and it shows. Airing huge gaps and greasing obscure features, ABM’s technical prowess certainly sets him apart from the rest of the competition.
Watching Jake Mageau, or “Mista Mango,” as he’s known, is like watching a magic show. You know it shouldn’t be possible but somehow it’s all happening seamlessly before your very eyes. To get a real grasp of Mango’s edit, you may just have to watch it twice… or three times.
Voting is officially open and you can vote for your favorite skier everyday, once a day, until March 3. The fan favorite winner will be announced on March 4. The gold, silver and bronze judge-awarded medals will be announced at the end of the hour-long “World of X Games: Real Ski” show on ABC Saturday, March 2.