CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Snowboarders will return to the roots of their sport and get a chance to test their skills against an Olympic champion on Saturday, when Sugarloaf and two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott host the first-ever Sugarloaf Banked Slalom.
Based on the model of the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, which is held annually at the Washington resort, the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom will be a snowboard-only, open registration event, which will see snowboarders young and old compete on a winding course of banked turns.
The Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom is widely considered to be the first organized snowboard competition, and it eventually gave birth to the sport of snowboardcross. Wescott has won the only two Olympic gold medals ever awarded in snowboardcross.
“The banked slalom is something that we’ve thought would be a great fit for Sugarloaf for a long time,” Wescott said. “The Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom is a truly unique event, and brings snowboarding back to its roots. The race is a perfect fit for Sugarloaf, and I can’t ait to race in a banked slalom here at my home mountain.”
The Sugarloaf Banked Slalom will feature five different age categories for both men and women, and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category. There will also be prizes awarded to the top three overall finishers. Wescott will be among the competitors.
Registration will be capped at 100 riders.
The event will be sponsored by K2 Snowboards. Prizes will be provided by K2 and Team Eight Snowboards.
Registration for the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom will close on Friday and racing commences at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Awards will be handed out at 4 p.m.