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.

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