By Kirby Grubaugh EBS STAFF
JACKSON HOLE, WY – On Feb. 11 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort held the third annual King’s and Queen’s of Corbet’s Couloir competition. The King’s and Queen’s is an invite only competition that brings 24 of the world’s top skiers and snowboarders together to take a ride down one of the country’s most famed runs, Corbet’s Couloir.
Local Montana skier Parkin Costain was one of the 24 athletes invited to the competition this year, following up the invite to compete he received the previous year as well.
To keep the course as pristine as possible and preserve the snow, athletes were not permitted to pre-ride the course prior to their run. Costain and fellow competitor, Jake Hopfinger, built a jump at the top of the couloir so they would have ample hangtime to land whatever trick they had up their sleeve.
When Costain dropped-in for his run, he committed to an ambitious double black flip. After soaring through the air, his skis touched down in the powder below as he landed the impressive display of athleticism. He managed to hold his composure for three more features further down the course and pulled off a flawless run that would crown him the undisputed King of Corbet’s Couloir.
Results from King’s and Queen’s of Corbet’s Couloir:
1st. Parkin Costain
2nd. Hans Mindnich
3rd. Sam Kuch
1st. Veronica Paulson
2nd. Arianna Tricomi
3rd. Caite Zeliff