CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (March 2, 2011) – Snowboarders will return to the roots of their sport and get a chance to test their skills against an Olympic champion on March 19, 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, 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 down Sugarloaf's storied terrain.
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 wait 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. And yes, Wescott will be competing.
The age categories will be 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, and 40 plus. (Wescott is 34). 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 the day prior to the race (March 18). There will be a Registration Party held at The Rack on the night of March 18, featuring a free movie premier.
The race will begin at 10am on March 19, and will be followed by an awards ceremony on The Beach at 4pm.
Registration is open to all ages and costs $25 before March 17, or $30 after that date. The registration fee includes a commemorative Sugarloaf Banked Slalom t-shirt. There will be no day-of registration. To register, go to www.sugarloaf.com and click on "Events & Activities."
About the Sugarloaf Resort– Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East and one of Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2010, Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.