9. Montafon Banked Slalom
23. March 2019
The word „banked“ refers to the steepness of a curve, in other words a camber. This is therefore a timed snowboard race, run on a specially prepared course with banked curves. It is not to be confused with the usual type of Boardercross, where big jumps and other obstacles have to be dealt with. As the name implies, this is a race run purely for the thrill and co-ordination of negotiating the banked curves, as well as giving aficionados who live and breathe this sporting discipline the chance to get together.
The idea for this race was quite spontaneous, and came from someone’s sober realisation that there were absolutely no events around for “normal” snowboarders.
Sure, there are Freestyle, Boardercross and Freeride Contests. A so-called „Banked Slalom“, however, is new concept, and one which we, at least, have never seen before.
This event does not rely on Freestyle tricks, fashionable trends or the winning of prize money. It is basically seen as a great chance for snowboarders of all ages and almost all abilities to strut their stuff.
The idea had its origins in the „Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom“, which has now been held for 25 years at Mt. Baker in the USA, and which has a lot of clout in the international snowboarding world. (http://lbs.mtbaker.us)
After the race, there is a mandatory Warm Up Party with award ceremony at the bottom station.
Maximum of 80 participants-inside.