Daron Rahlves' Banzai Tour has been quite a success so far in it's inaugural year. This racing event mixes big mountain freeride action with ski & boarder-cross strategy at three of Tahoe's premier resorts, Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood and Sugar Bowl. With a $10,000 prize awaiting the winner of each tour stop, these athletes are going big or going home.
125 racers registered at the first tour stop, the Beaver Bowl Banzai hosted by Alpine Meadows Jan 22-23. Errol Kerr dominated the men's competition all the way until the last heat of the day when he was edged out by FIS racer, Marcus Caston. Daron's sister, Sharon Rahlves took first place in the women's competition, beating Shelly Robertson, formerly of the US Ski Team. In the men's snowboard division, Sylvain Duclos of France won the final heat and Alison Martin won the women's snowboard division.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort played host to the Eagle Bowl Banzai, second stop on the tour, where 111 racers came prepared to brave the variable conditions. John Bochenek of Squaw Valley took the top tier on the men's skier podium while Big Sky Montana's Keely Kelleher won the womens division. Jayson Hale and Marge Cossettini took first place in the snowboard division.
The Tour Final and Super Final events will take place March 12-13 at the Silver Belt Bazai hosted by Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. $10,000 will go to the Overall Tour Winner and an addidional $10,000 to the Super Final Winner.
Check out footage from the tour below and go to http://www.rahlvesbanzai.com/ for more information.