Kings and Queens of Corbet’s 2022 - What to Look Out For in SkiingPublished on 07/15/2022 · 4 min readSki Expert Kat Smith gives the lowdown on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's yearly event—Kings and Queens of Corbet's—including what it is, how to watch, and more!
What to Look Out for: Where
Most people who have skied in the West know of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s famed Corbet’s Couloir in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While some have dared to peer over the edge with their ski tips supported by nothing but air, others are satisfied with getting only close as the Tram as it cruises by the top section every ten minutes. Of the people who have the guts to actually drop off the cornice into the legendary chute, few come out with a clean run (meaning: they didn’t tomahawk or yard sale). And of those who do make it through the couloir upright and through the powdery snow that awaits them, fewer actually look good doing it. Unless, of course, it’s the day of the Kings and Queens of Corbet’s competition.
What to Look Out for: What
The Kings and Queens of Corbets is a one-day freeride competition where the world’s top male and female skiers and snowboarders compete for the titles of King and Queen. Each competitor is given two attempts down Corbet’s Couloir, with only their best run counting toward the crown. The runs are judged by the athletes, and winning not only requires clean execution but creativity and style. On the run deemed by some as “America’s Scariest Ski Run”, competitors perform epic stunts such as backflips, swan dives, and just all-around huge air, for a chance to claim the title.
What to Look Out for: When
The 5th annual Kings and Queens of Corbet’s competition is set to be held during the weather window of February 12-18th, 2022. The official date will be chosen the night before, based on weather and conditions, but Corbet’s will be prepped for weeks in advance to ensure safe and optimal riding conditions. Updates about the status of the competition will be posted daily throughout the weather window on JHMR’s website, their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Once the date is set, the competition is expected to begin at 10:00 am and be complete by the end of the day. The title of King of Queen will be announced at the Awards Party, which is scheduled for 8:00 pm on Friday, February 18th at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson, Wyoming.
What to Look Out for: Who
This year’s 21-person field is made up of both pros and locals, men and women, skiers and snowboarders, who were selected from over 100 applicants. Of the 21 athletes selected, 10 are skiers.
- Blake Wilson
- Corey Jackson
- Jake Hopfinger
- Karl Fostvedt
- Max Martin
- Molly Armanino
- Parkin Costain
- Piper Kunst
- Sander Hadley
- Tim Durtschi
Three of the 10 skiers are returning to the Kings and Queens of Corbet’s competition having competed in years past. Jake Hopfinger is competing in his third Kings and Queens, and he was the first person to land a double backflip into Corbet’s in 2020. The reigning King of Corbet’s, Karl Fostvedt, will be making another appearance this year to defend his title. He not only won the title in 2021 but also in 2018. And another former champ, Parkin Costain, who claimed the title of King in 2020, will also be competing.
You can learn more about the athletes competing in this year’s Kings and Queens of Corbet’s on JHMR’s website!
What to Look Out for: How
There’s nothing quite like watching the Kings and Queens of Corbet’s live from the Tensleep Bowl, just below Corbet’s Couloir. Lift tickets are sold in advance and there is a limited supply, so book your lift ticket ASAP!
If you’re unable to get a lift ticket, join others at the RPK3 Kitchen and Bar at JHMR, where they will be streaming the competition. And if your only option is to watch from afar, the event will be live-streamed on Red Bull TV.
New for the 2022 competition, spectators can now vote for their favorite Kings and Queens of Corbet’s run during and after the live show for the People’s Choice Award. Click here for info on how to access QR codes to cast your vote!
Don’t miss out on watching the best freeskiers and riders perform epic tricks, take deep powder turns, and maybe even land some “firsts” off of the massive cornice into the legendary Corbet’s Couloir! For more info on what to look out for in the snowboarding part of this competition, check out this guide!
Keep an eye on JHMR’s website and social channels, and once the date is set, grab some friends and watch the best in the biz test the limits! Reach out to a Winter Sports Expert here on Curated for advice on all the ski and snowboard gear you need to get out there and perform some stunts of your own!