Winter X 12 |

Winter X 12

May SelbyAspen, CO Colorado
Ray Ray with Hannah Teter at her 21st birthday party celebration at the Fly Lounge in Aspen. (May Selby)

Competing for medals and prize money, over 200 athletes descended upon Aspen from Jan. 24 to 27 for Winter X Games 12. The premier winter action sports event infused life into this little mountain town with heated competition, sick tricks and parties galore. The only thing missing on the weekend docket was the arresting Red Bull Illume exhibit that made its mark in 07. The cutting edge adventure sports photography exhibit complemented the artistic flavor of the X Games last January and noticeably was absent this time around. The 2008 Powder Poll & Video Awards, presented by Jeep, was a highlight of Winter X 12s evening events. Taking place for the fourth consecutive year at the Hotel Jerome, the awards ceremony recognized and celebrated the athletes and cinematographers that continue to evolve the sport of skiing. Skiing superstar Tanner Hall cleaned up in several categories. Following a move to number two of the Powder reader poll, he picked up two individual awards in the Powder Video Awards Best Performance by a Male and Best Line. His ski flick Believe also took movie of the year honors. Photographer Christian Pondella celebrated his win for photo of the year. His award-winning picture of skier Chris Benchetler graced the cover of Powder magazines January 2008 issue. Its such an honor, said the proud photographer of his crowning achievement. Its the most coveted award for a ski photographer. Post-Powder party, half-pipe pro Hannah Teter celebrated her 21st birthday with friends at the hip new Fly Lounge on Hyman Avenue. Stylishly dressed cocktail waitresses and bartenders cavorted in black and red uniforms fit for the skies while the 2006 Olympic gold medalist had a ball with a few hundred of her closest friends. To be continued more X Games weekend antics next week.

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