The First Annual Slash & Burn Banked Slalom competition went down yesterday at Howelson Hill, Steamboat Springs. The all-day event, sponsored in part by Snowboard Colorado Magazine, began at 11am and featured 3 age categories: 9-under, 10-13, and men and women.
Each rider took two runs with the times of their second runs kept secret until the awards ceremony. Jake Black took down the men’s first-place prize with a time of 27.72 in the heavily anticipated inaugural race, amongst a sea of over 200 challengers. Billy Winters finished a close second, clocking in at 28.50. Justin Reiter finished third at 28.69. The women’s events were just as close with only a .88 seconds difference between first and third. Tori Koski reigned supreme with a time of 30.70, coming in just ahead of Erin Nemec, who finished at 31.12. Maggie Rose Carrig rounded it out at third with a time of 31.58. After the men’s and women’s events were held, there was a fakie competition won by Davis Johnson with a time of 31.93.
Slash and Burn hopes to join the ranks of famous banked slalom competitions like the Legendary Banked Slalom competition in Mt. Baker, Washington, and Dick’s Ditch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Organizers and fans alike agree the event was an overwhelming success and marked the beginning of an annual tradition that is sure to draw snowboarders and enthusiasts to Howelson Hill year after year.