“Mt Baker’s Legendary Banked Slalom is about energy. There’s energy in the colloquial sense: exuberant stoke during registration in the lodge, hefty grins on the lifts and a growing anticipation for the race buzzing around the mountain. There’s physical energy, too. As a snowboarder pushes through the door-sized frame of the start shack, they unleash the kinetic energy of motion. As the rider descends the ditch, each of the course’s 23 turns either enhance or destroy the racer’s run. While some skidding is inevitable, pure and proper carves are what allow a rider to carry their velocity through each bank and berm. And with the gap between racers’ times coming down to hundredths of a second in nearly every division, that miniscule difference in frictional resistance can make the difference between bringing home the coveted duct tape trophy or not…”
In celebration of The 31st Annual Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt Baker, we crafted an exclusive microsite featuring a magazine-style photo essay and video to recap the event. Click here to view the full feature, including shots of Nils Mindnich, Travis Rice, Terje Haakonsen, Josh Dirksen and many more.