We made it to the 32nd annual Mt. Baker Banked Slalom this year! With the deepest base in North America this event was second to none. Associate Producer Ian Anderson says, "It felt like just about everyone from the snowboarding community came out of the woodworks to all gather for a weekend of celebrating the thrill of ripping down a mountain." Check out the legendary laps and action that went down February 9-11, 2018.
This race includes every level of rider, from legends to amateurs and all were stoked to be among the breathtaking scenery that only Mt. Baker can provide.
As the competitors got their first look at the course, some were jazzed and others had the jitters. Each participant understood that if you wanted a shot at the podium, you had to cook with gas into the first bank and maintain edge control throughout the entire course.
The pull of participating in this event is the storied history of all that have dropped in. It's a unique experience where every class of rider can bond over the roots of snowboarding, carving and speed. The only consistent advice given is to set your line and hold on for dear life!
Warren Miller athlete Rob Kingwill paying homage to the peak of Mt. Baker with mid-turn wave. There's nothing better than riding a course with some of your closest buddies.
A bluebird backdrop without a cloud in sight! These are the days we all so patiently wait for.
WME associate producer Ian Anderson skillfully splitting the trees to get the technical shot. There wasn't a run to miss this year at the Legendary Banked Slalom!
WME athlete Seth Wescott is the godfather of edge control and slalom style. The former two-time Olympic gold medalist can't stop and won't stop!
When your racing always remember to pump through banks and lead with your shoulders.
The point of no return. The middle of this slalom course is notorious for being super fast and edge control soon becomes a survival tactic.
Wescott sneakin' around another corner, creating speed where others can't.
Wescott laying into another bank and serving up another great action shot!
Tom Day is notorious for being in the right place, right time with the proper angle and capturing the flawless shot.
All that can be heard is a swoosh. All that can be seen is focus. Rob Kingwill displaying perfect form while pumping through the mid sections.
Casting and catching shadows.
Did you catch that Tom?!?
"Catch me if you can" said the GROM
A bank, a blur, and a new rush for the young ones on the course this year.
Proper conditions, proper form shows promise for a podium finish.
Dipping the shoulder to feel the rush into the next bank.