Last Thursday was a day for the history books, with yet another edition of Kings and Queens of Corbet’s going down at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The venue? None other than Corbet’s Couloir right under the top of Big Red. The athletes? 26 heavy-hitting skiers and snowboarders hungry for the title and ready to absolutely throw down. Lucky for them, the Tetons have been going through one of the most epic storm cycles in history, transforming Corbet’s into the ultimate playground for big-mountain freestyle riding. Last year, Parkin Costain and Veronica Paulsen upped the level of competition to unseen heights, taking home the title of King and Queen in 2020. This year, the reigning champs faced a stacked field of competitors, including big names like Alex Hall, Aaron Blunck, Hana Beaman, Mikey Marohn, Yuki Kadono, and Karl Fostvedt, just to name a few. Of course, this event has always been one for local up-and-coming rides to prove their worth against the big dogs, so the stage was set for a showdown unlike we’ve ever seen before. Once the powder clouds all settled, it was time for the athletes to vote amongst themselves in order to crown this year’s champions. This year’s results? Well, congratulations to none other than Karl Fostvedt and Madison Blackley for taking home the titles!
Women: Madison Blackley (1st), Audrey Hebert (2nd), Zoe Vernon (3rd)
Men: Karl Fostvedt (1st), Hans Mindnich (2nd), Jake Hopfinger (3rd)
Winning hardware, Wyoming-style. Congrats to Karl and Madison for the win! | Amy Jimmerson/JHMR photo.
Competition was stiff this year and rounding out fourth and fifth place for men were Parkin Costain and Elias Elhardt respectively. JHMR is pleased to announce that all the winning athletes male and female will receive equal cash compensation. That prize money is $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $3,000 for third place. "The event was incredible. The athletes took skiing and riding to a whole new level this year," stated JHMR Senior Events and Partnership Manager Jess McMillan. "We had a challenging weather window (it just keeps snowing!), not to mention pulling an event off like this in times of COVID. It’s a true testament to the dedicated staff, athletes and partners to execute such an amazing competition this winter. We are so grateful," McMillan added.
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