Snowboarders to gather at Sugarloaf for third annual
Sugarloaf Banked Slalom
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME – The ultimate test of skill and agility returns to Sugarloaf on March 23 & 24, 2013, at the Third Annual Sugarloaf Banked Slalom.
Organized in part by 2013 Mt Baker Legendary Banked Slalom Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott, the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom captures the soul and laid-back nature of snowboarding in the Northeast, while allowing snowboarders of all ages and skill-levels to compete on the same course as legends of the sport like Wescott.
A pair of Olympic gold medalists took home two of the top three spots in the inaugural Sugarloaf Banked Slalom last season, with Wescott finishing in third and Ross Powers, the 2002 Olympic gold medalist in halfpipe, taking home the title.
Originally based on the model of the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom is a snowboard-only, open registration event, in which snowboarders young and old compete on a winding course of banked turns.
The Mt Baker Banked Slalom is widely considered to be the first ever organized snowboard competition, and it eventually gave birth to the sport of snowboardcross. Wescott holds the only two Olympic snowboardcross gold medals ever awarded.
"Having competed in the Mt Baker event for so many years, I always thought it was something that would be successful back home at Sugarloaf," Wescott said. "It was awesome to see how it grew from year one to year two, and I can't wait to see what year three has in store."
Like last season, the Banked Slalom will feature a two-day format. Saturday, March 23 will feature a semifinal round, where the field of 200 riders will be culled to the fastest 150, who will all move on to Sunday's final round.
On Sunday, March 24 each rider will have two runs, with the faster of the two counting in the final standings. The Banked Slalom will feature five different age categories for both men and women, and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category. There will also be prizes awarded to the top three overall finishers.
The Banked Slalom course will be located on Sugarloaf's "Sidewinder" trail, and will be open to all riders on Friday, March 22 for an optional inspection run.
Registration for the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom is $40 per rider, and is currently open online at Sugarloaf.com. Registration will be capped at 200 riders. All registrants will receive a commemorative tshirt.
For more information and complete event details, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.
About Sugarloaf – Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.