Vans rolls the Triple Crown series into one big league event at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
For five years, the Vans Triple Crown series were highly successful events. Over time, however, snowboard comps have swollen in size to a staggering number. The backlash, of course, has been a loss of identity for each individual event. Which one can’t be missed? From pro riders’ and fans’ perspectives alike, the situation had muddied. In a moment of clarity, Vans made a judgment call, rolling the prize money and hype of its entire Triple Crown series into one highly anticipated single event. The goal, of course, is a lofty one: becoming the preeminent event of the entire West Coast. Going head to head with the X Games and The Gravity Games is an ambitious long-term plan, and with two-hundred-thousand dollars in prize money and TV coverage on Fox Sports, the Vans Cup at Tahoe claimed some real estate with the inaugural event.-Dresser
2006 Vans Cup at Tahoe takes place March 3-5
Airing on Fox Sports Net:
Episode 1-April 7, 2006 and April 21, 2006
Episode 2-April 14, 2006 and April 28, 2006
Three p.m. local time during the Vans’ “Off the Wall” hour.
Subsequent airings on FUEL action-sports network.
Night Rail Jam
1. Wyatt Caldwell/Leanne Pelosi
2. Jimi Tomer/Anne Flore Marxer
3. Chris Rotax/Erin Comstock
1. Danny Kass/Hannah Teter
2. Andy Finch/Elena Hight
3. Keir Dillon/Kjersti Buaas
1. Wyatt Caldwell/Natasza Zurek
2. Nate Sheehan/Anne Flore Marxer
3. Andreas Wiig/Mary Sallah
While many pros had their sights on Torino, Italy, they surely had plenty of incentive at The Vans Cup. The Men’s Halfpipe first-prize purse held twenty-thousand dollars and boasted a perfectly constructed halfpipe thanks to Frank Wells and Northstar-at-Tahoe’s Chris Gunnarson. Keir Dillon, givin’ ‘er.