The Mt Baker Banked Slalom is the definition of ‘Healthy Competition’. From the start gate riders are nourished with homemade soups, smoked salmon, fresh seafood paella, water, hot cider, and for dessert chocolate covered strawberries. Most of the riders participating spend their season not preparing their nerves for competitions and trying to psych out their peers, but instead they are in the steep and deep backcountry, working closely, depending on each other for cooperative decision making, advise, and safety. But the Mt Baker Banked Slalom allows these normally supportive riders a refreshing outlet, because sometimes there is nothing healthier than yelling at your best friend, from the chairlift “You’re going down, son!”
Our video highlights some of these ‘healthy’ rivalries at 2013’s Mt. Baker Banked Slalom.
The Mervin family converged at the 28th Annual Mt. Baker Banked Slalom this past weekend, and was honored to take part in this longest running snowboarding contest, an annual bro-nado, board tech-out, rider head-trip race extravaganza! The whole Mervin team; riders, legends, kraftsmen, demo tenters, handplant builders, chefs, musicians, MC’s, lensmen, and team leader Pete Saari made this year one of the most Bitchin’, Weird, Wild, and Magical Banked Slaloms ever!!
On Saturday of the Mt. Baker LBS, Lib Tech's Banked Handplant contestwent down just outside of the new Raven Hut Lodge, Jason Robinson won it and received the super limited Lib Tech experiMENTAL Raven Snowboard. Max Warbington and Brendan Keenan also came in 2nd and 3rd.