Words: Jeff Schmuck | Photos: Henrik Lampert / Freeskier Magazine
On the eve of Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado, the Association of Freeskiing Professionals hosted the annual AFP World Tour Champions Awards Dinner & Party, which saw some of the world’s top competitive freeskiers come together to celebrate each other’s achievements last season.
Held at the Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, the evening was presented by the good people at Pisten Bully and Snow Park Technologies, and in conjunction with the High Fives Foundation and Sarah Burke Foundation, with the event doubling as a fundraiser for their causes.
Throughout the evening, the newly-designed AFP Awards trophies, which are based off of the Sarah Burke snowflake, were handed out to the 2016 AFP World Champions and AFP Junior Champions, who were announced in April on afpworldtour.com (click here for a recap of the winners).
Here’s some photos of the 2016 AFP World Champions and AFP Junior Champions accepting their awards, courtesy of Henrik Lampert from Freeskier Magazine...
2016 AFP Men’s Big Air Junior Champion Fabian Bösch
(the 2016 AFP Women’s Big Air Junior Champion, Johanne Killi, was not in attendance at the event)
2016 AFP Women’s Halfpipe Junior Champion Rachael Karker
2016 AFP Men’s Halfpipe Junior Champion Birk Irving
2016 AFP Women’s Slopestyle Junior Champion Kelly Sildaru
2016 AFP Men’s Slopestyle Junior Champion Andri Ragettli
Jonas Hunziker (3rd), 2016 AFP Men’s Big Air World Champion Fabian Bösch, Vincent Gagnier (2nd)
(the 2016 AFP Women’s Big Air World Champion, Tiril Christiansen, along with Lisa Zimmermann (who placed 2nd) and Emma Dahlstrom (who placed 3rd), were not in attendance at the event)
Cassie Sharpe (3rd), 2016 AFP Women’s Halfpipe World Champion Maddie Bowman, Ayana Onozuka (2nd)
2016 AFP Men’s Halfpipe World Champion Kevin Rolland
(David Wise (who placed 2nd) and Ben Valentin (who placed 3rd) were not in attendance at the event)
2016 AFP Women’s Slopestyle World Champion Kelly Sildaru
(Tiril Christiansen (who placed 2nd) and Emma Dahlstrom (who placed 3rd) were not in attendance at the event)
James ‘Woodsy’ Woods (2nd in Men’s Slopestyle) & Joss Christensen (3rd in Men’s Slopestyle)
(The 2016 AFP Men’s Slopestyle World Champion, Øystein Bråten, was not in attendance at the event)
2016 Men’s & Women’s Overall Junior Champions Colby Stevenson & Rachael Karker
2016 Women’s & Men’s Overall World Champions (The Sarah Burke Trophies) Devin Logan & Gus Kenworthy
The Association of Freeskiing Professionals would like to take the time to thank Pisten Bully, Snow Park Technologies, the High Fives Foundation, the Sarah Burke Foundation, the Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, and our supporters (Atomic, Head, Salomon, POC and Scott), and above all else, the athletes themselves, for an exceptional evening.
AFP's Chris Schuster, Eric Zerrenner, Jeff Schmuck and Andrew Gauthier
On behalf of all of us, congratulations to the 2016 AFP World Tour Champions, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.