The second annual Bluebird Banked Slalom is back at Sun Peaks on Sunday, February 17. The race will take place on new course and in a new location, Hully Gully, the natural gully on the right hand side of the 5 Mile run.
Kent “Koach” Thiessen, board member of the Bluebird Day Fund, said the Banked Slalom was inspired by more than just the legendary event at Mount Baker.
“We wanted to do something fun that could incorporate more than just the freestylers and the park people. We wanted to incorporate more of a community style event that anybody could
. . . have fun in.
“(Last year) you had the park shredders who were just as keen . . . as the old school ski locals. So we just wanted to have . . . something cool at Sun Peaks that will . . . bring (people together),” he added.
Only the first 100 snowboarders and skiers to register will compete in a number of categories, by age division and in masters and open. Each entrant will get one to two timed runs on the new course, depending on weather. Contestants will race against the clock, with their best time counting toward the final result.
Last year more than 80 riders took part in the inaugural race hosted by the not-for-profit Bluebird Day Fund. The proceeds of the race go toward the fund and, amongst other things, help to develop local snow sports programs, including the mentor program in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops and the Park Sessions program.
Advance registration is required, and includes the chance to win prizes, a swag bag, a beer and burger, and entry to the after party at Masa’s Bar and Grill. All riders must be over the age of 19 to enter and the cost of entry is $75.
A banked slalom event involves each race gate being placed on a snow bank or snow wall. Thiessen added that the new course can be ridden after the Banked Slalom finishes and the goal is to have more than just one Banked Slalom event each year.
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