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Second Annual Smash Life Banked Slalom goes down at Big Sky, Montana

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Second Annual Smash Life Banked Slalom goes down at Big Sky, Montana

words and photos: Jeff Hawe

The Second Annual Smash Life Banked Slalom at Big Sky Montana went off on January 5th in proper fashion. Created last year to commemorate the late Aaron Robinson, it is a fundraiser for the ARob Plant a Seed Project. The race brings together snowboarders and friends of Aaron from across Montana and the west, in a celebration of his life and to kick off of the winter season. The vibe on the top of the course is friendly to say the least. It’s a mixture of old friends hugging hello, then heckling each other in good humor, combined with some PBRs and good general snowboarder-tribe revelry. Last weekend, the course itself started out in the typical slalom rhythm of banked turns, but as the pitch steepened, it turned into a flat-out super G slalom course with a wide-open, straight-line finish. The most common description of the course was “scary.”

With eighty-five registered racers this year, all the divisions raced on Saturday and the day was capped with awards and a screening of “Of Life and Love”, the movie that was the brainchild of ARob. Event organizer Shane Stalling’s band, Riot Act played a show for late night entertainment, a fitting cap to a fun-filled day.

Sunday was another special day. A smaller group of friends gathered in the morning and headed out to ride a stash of pillows, the secret spot where ARob would ride a lot. We spent the day smashing life and pillows in his name. One of Aaron’s old boards was brought out and toward the end of the day, it was hung in a tree at the top of the pillow field in commemoration of his life and spirit. The board hanging was followed by all twenty-four of us dropping into what was called the “best powder run” of the season so far. The energy among the group was glowing, electrified love for what we’re so lucky to have as part of our lives: snowboarding and the friends and experience that come with it. Thanks to everyone who made it happen, Big Sky Resort for hosting us, and all the great riders and friends who came out for it. See you next year.

Men’s Top Three:
1. Todd Kirby
2. Jason Robinson
3. Chad Dalman

Women’s Top Three:
1. Sarris McComb
2. Tanya Simonsen
3. Galen Bridgewater

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