As you've surely noticed, 2016 was hardly an easy year to stomach for a number of reasons — lost icons and rollercoaster world politics for starts.
Lucky for us snow sliders, we live in a perfectly insulated bubble where variables fall mostly into one question: pow or no pow? And as far as snowboarding and skiing goes, 2016 was a real doozy.
Fact is, there were more than enough highlights to keep us occupied while we waited for the snow to arrive. Top of the bill had to be the new Travis Rice movie, the long-anticipated "The Fourth Phase," which completed the journey of insanity that started with 2008’s "That’s It That’s All" followed by "The Art of Flight." If you know Rice, you also know that any movie that takes him three years to complete is a movie worth your undivided attention.
Not that every movie moment needs three years, a first descent and the heli budget of the national coastguard to have our jaws dropping, though. Jesper Tjäder proved just this with his incredibly creative "Unrailistic" snowpark edit dropped at the end of the 2015, and with his most recent world's first ski loop.
Speaking of creativity, did you catch Marko Grilc’s snake run, or the new series from the Norwegian über-prodigy, "This Is Marcus"? Both prove that you don’t need perfect powder to have fun and blow minds, as did our Red Bull TV World Premieres of the punk ethos filled "Method" movie, the colourful "Snowmads" adventure film and the multiple award-winning "Stronger." Then there was the all-female ski movie, "Between," which showcased once again that the ladies can easily keep up with the lads, turning heads every which way.
Still, if a blown mind is what you’re after, it has to be said: You can’t beat ultra-steep and deep. And that’s exactly what you get when you strap into an episode of "DIY" with Xavier de Le Rue, or of course with the already infamous "La Liste" where Jérémie Heitz knocked 11 steep descents out of the park in just two years, redefining steep speed skiing in the process.
So, as far as 2017 goes … big boots to fill.