Between the first-ever Kings and Queens of Corbet’s contest living up to the hype and FREESKIER’s 20th Anniversary RV & Party Tour rolling through town, the past few days have been nothing short of legendary here at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Recap: Kings and Queens of Corbet’s
On Thursday, February 1, upwards of 30 world-class skiers and snowboarders gathered atop Jackson Hole, at 10,450 feet above sea level, and performed some of the most fantastic, awe-inspiring aerial maneuvers this editor has ever witnessed. Specifically, these guys and gals competed in the first-ever Kings and Queens of Corbet’s contest. The competition called for said skiers and snowboarders to showcase their big-mountain prowess in what is arguably North America’s most iconic couloir: Corbet’s. Athletes were granted two runs each in a winner-takes-all format; indeed, after it was all said and done there could be only one King and Queen of Corbet’s, and as a result, competitors held nothing back.
Kings and Queens of Corbet’s course preview.
Using the cornice atop the couloir effectively as a diving board, skiers launched gargantuan double backflips, massive “Superman” frontflips, misty 720s and the like. In addition to the mind-boggling stunting, we witnessed massive spills and yard sales and also hair-raising, full-throttle skiing. Since Corbet’s was first skied by local ski patroller Lonnie Ball in 1967, the couloir has seen its fair share of exciting happenings, yet many locals agree that what occurred on Thursday was without question the most stunning and rowdy of them all. The thousands of skiers who soaked in the competition from the Tensleep Bowl, below the couloir, will undoubtedly have scenes from the contest seared into memory for life.