Coldsmoke Awards the Oscars of Powder

As I waited for Jonas Grenz, one of the men behind the Coldsmoke Awards, I did as the dirtbags do and grabbed a beer.

In an interview with KBZK, Grenz said the event was “a lot like the Academy Awards on Dayglow.” He wasn’t far off. Fluorescent onesies were on display at the Emerson and most in attendance looked as though they had just gotten off the lift.

“We had nearly 40 films submitted this year,” said Grenz, many of them were on display at the Cat’s Paw for the Coldsmoke People’s Choice Awards Show. “This show is a lot different from our People’s Choice show,” said Grenz. When I broke the threshold the difference was evident.

Local DJ Missy O’Malley played tunes for local presenters, including fellow DJ Michelle Wolfe, who happens to be an MSU graduate. The two embraced in a hug before Wolfe presented the People’s Choice Award to “Mountains in Motion”, a time-lapse film of the Canadian Rockies throughout the day and night, often catching stunning auroras.

Another Bozeman legend, 36-year Bridger Ski Patrol veteran Dene Brandt received a standing ovation from the crowd as he presented the winner of the Best Powder award. Though the award didn’t go to a local filmmaker, as they often did in Coldsmoke’s infancy, some of the awards still ended up in the hands of Bozemanites. The Explorer’s Award was accepted by an MSU film graduate who helped shoot TGR’s “Further” with Jeremy Jones.

Sexy snow bunnies presented winners with GoPros and snowboards while dancing on stage. The big winner was “Tempting Fear”, a journey “inside the mind of extreme skier Andreas Fransson,” which pulled in multiple awards, including the coveted Coldsmoke Award for best picture.

After the show, Archer’s Mob played to the crowd in the Emerson Ballroom. All the dancing reminded me of something one of the patrollers said while presenting an award: “The harder we celebrate at events like this, the more it snows.” And it did snow that night. Perhaps if we celebrate our winter culture more thoroughly it will curb the effects of climate change. It certainly couldn’t hurt.