March 6, 2014

West Elk Project Vision Quest Winners Announced

precise painting freeride team west elk project vision quest

After a crazy editing period, the judges’ votes have been tallied and the winner has been picked. A huge thanks goes to our local sponsor partners: Kochevar’s Saloon, Crested Butte Gear Exchange, The Mountain Store, Teocalli Tamale, Izzy’s, Camp4Coffee, and Sky High Off-Road. This event could not have been done without the tireless work put in by Brett Conover to organize the logistics and get the US Forest Service permits. Our Fan Voting period is about to go live for a $1000 prize, so stay tuned for that to kick off tomorrow (Friday, March 7th) *UPDATE* IT’S LIVE. The Fan Vote ends March 19th at midnight. Read information on the judges below.

Above Photo: Tom Runcie in a screen shot from the Precise Painting Freeride Team entry.

1st Place $2200: FOLLOW NONE (Austin Gibney, Andrew Buergin, Mary Boddington, Kyle Anderson, Corey Felton, Matt Berglund)

Team Follow None from vision quest shred on Vimeo.

2nd Place $1200: PRECISE PAINTING FREERIDE TEAM (Rob Dickinson, Tom Runcie, Jack Weise, Sydney Dickinson, Peter Smith, Trent Bona)

Precise Painting Freeride Team from vision quest shred on Vimeo.

3rd Place $600: TEAM BOB (Forrest Cole, Nick Fountain, Clark Fountain, Daniel Sethness, Michael Fritz)

Team BOB from vision quest shred on Vimeo.

Participation Ribbon: WEST ELK PROJECT (Will Dujardin, Ed Dujardin, Ryan Hoynacki, Patrick Sullivan, Alex Stevenson, Andy Billmeyer)

Team WEP from vision quest shred on Vimeo.

Judges Bios:

Judges rated the videos on a 1st-3rd place scale, meet them below.

Wendy Fisher – Legendary big mountain skier from MSP Films lore, Wendy lives in Crested Butte, Colorado, raising her two boys and heads the Crested Butte Snow Sports Foundation

Aaron BlunckThis 17-year old halfpipe phenom just represented the USA at the Sochi Olympics, taking 7th in the finals.  We think he got a little hosed with his score, but the future is bright for this rising star.

Jesse Hall – Former big mountain champion at the Crested Butte Extremes, Jesse now resides in Salt Lake City, UT and flies for the GoPro Bomb Squad.

Mike Horn – Mike lives in Crested Butte, CO and created Kronicle, a backcountry snowboarding magazine, while also editing for Backcountry Magazine.

Eben Wight – A photographer and web designer in the ski industry for over 15 years, Eben was awesome enough to create our website you’re on right now, and has been producing content for MSP Films and Mountain Sports International, among other big name clients, while based in Crested Butte, CO.

Stay tuned for the Fan Vote, $1000 is on the line!

About the Author

2. Will Dujardin
Will Dujardin is our content editor at West Elk Project. He competes in big mountain competitions and coaches the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team. Skiing is his life and he likes to mix it with other fun things like DH mountain biking and traveling.