X Games Real Ski 2021 has concluded, and all of the results are in. Every skier and filmer in the competition worked tirelessly through the beginning of ski season to make a 90-second video. This was the first year that urban and backcountry shots were allowed, allowing riders to showcase their skills in each area. X Games judged each video, and the results are below. Did they score correctly?
#3 – Bronze: Tanner Hall and Leland McNamara
Doubles, triples, gaps, redirects, and more – Tanner Hall’s 2021 Real Ski segment is mind-blowing. Tanner won his first X Games medal 20 years ago and just took home another at 37. The Bronze Medal was the hardest to decide and was heavily debated. Tanner ruptured his Achilles tendon at the beginning of January and did not get as many street clips as he hoped, although he still took home a bronze medal. He has gained perspective from his previous bilateral injuries and is ready to come out swinging next season. Tanner is far from done with skiing!
#2 – Silver: Alex Hackel and Par Hagglund
Alex Hackel’s Real Ski video is a work of art from both the skiing and filming sides. His support team and filmer, Par Hagglund, played critical roles in making Hackel’s edit unique. Be sure to pay close attention to the music, opening shot, and creativity the team executes throughout the video. Alex Hackel was the 2020 Real Ski Fan Favorite and is a member of the ski group, The Bunch.
#1 – Gold and Fan Favorite: Alex Hall and Etienne Merel
Alex Hall’s Real Ski Gold Medal and Fan Favorite seem like a no-brainer to me. Alex’s edit has the biggest punch, and his win was well deserved. The 22-year-old is quickly becoming a freeskiing legend, holding a gold medal in four x games disciplines: Real Ski, Big Air, Knuckle Huck, and Slopestyle. His segment has a good variety of backcountry, urban, technical tricks, style, and creativity.