Slash and Burn Banked Slalom 2017 – Photos

Photos by Juan Jo (JJ) Sieiro

The annual Slash and Burn banked slalom went down recently at Steamboat. JJ Sieiro provided a few photos of the left turn, right turn action.

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Open class men:
1st – Jake Black
2nd – Taylor Gold
3rd – Dash Kamp

Open class women:
1st – Maddy Schaffrick
2nd – Tori Koski
3rd – Erin Nemec

2016 Mike Baker Banked Slalom Photo Recap

East Coast legend Mike Baker put on his annual Banked Slalom for the fourth or so time on March 12, 2016. For this year, the festivities moved north to Waterville, where the liquor laws are looser than the women. (Just kidding, there are no women, really.) While I sadly missed the event, Josh Campbell was goodly enough to shoot some photos of what certainly looked like a bang up time and I will do my best to make up what is happening in each so you can feel like you were there.


Precision timing systems.


This is Mike Baker. JCP_3_11_16__MG_7212

He greatly enjoys cold PBRs when not hucking them at his friends (we’ll get there.)


The start gate gave the competitors wiings.


This guy, however, brought his own.


Nothing to see here.


Turning made far more aggressive when done while dodging snowballs.


Or while wearing a tail. JCP_3_11_16__MG_7441

Even the kids fell victim to the gauntlet.


Tree hugging? Nah, Preparing sharp projectiles, obviously.



This guy got so aggressive his lenses fell out.


Josh ducked into the bushes to keep his camera gear safe.


But again, no one was really safe.


Nelson was there.


Would you let your kids around these animals?


Refreshments were served.


The food left something to be desired, though.


When snow balls turn into sticks.


Last minute course addition.



This about sums it up.


Cheers to beers!


And more half naked men.


Formerly innocent.


Not so much anymore.


No one made it down unscathed.


No, it’s not a jib course, this is just what happens when you let people do whatever they want in New Hampshire.


And Baker says fuck you for not coming.

A Few of Our Favorite Things from the 30th Mt. Baker Banked Slalom


When you’re Ken Achenbach, you don’t do anything without two GoPros following you. 

The Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom made its triumphant return after a year off due to that bitch mother nature on February 18-21, 2016. The event was super sized for its 30th year, spanning four days of rain, sleet, snow, hail, wind, sun and just about everything else you could throw at a massive group of snowboard-types. But you know what they say about the weather at Mt. Baker: if you don’t like it – leave. And it’s hard to complain after a day like Saturday when competitors awoke to the requisite 8 inches of new snow and were treated to classic Baker goodness that was only mostly tracked out by the time the sun came out in the early afternoon. But enough about the weather – it’s hardly the reason that people travel around the globe for the legendary event which has happened almost every year since 1985.

This year’s course was the longest and trickiest yet – 43 turns, which at the bottom were so tight speed was slowed to a crawl as competitors did their best to navigate them. Some said it’s the longest banked slalom course anywhere in the world, and all but the fastest times topped 2 minutes. If you’ve ever gone balls-to-the-wall for that long you’ll know is a challenge no matter how much yoga you did last night. But it’s all part of what makes the event special. Everyone has their own reasons for trekking East on 542, so for the real scoop, we turned to the pros to get their favorite parts of the weekend.


Hana Beaman and Colleen Quigley. 

Hana Beaman – My favorite thing about the Baker Banked Slalom is having all these rad people come here and hang out and then get to shred Mt. Baker. Especially this weekend it was awesome with the snow and the conditions. Everyone just gets to shred around this mountain and it’s fun because there’s not a lot of people here on the norm. It’s like a party wave.

Jf Pelchat – To come here, RVing in the parking lot with friends and family and riding with your kids. After my pro career this is last stop, just being here with your kids and seeing them ripping the course.


Matt Wainhouse and Alex Andrews. 

Matt Wainhouse – Riding down taking the turns after I take my run. It’s relieving and they feel nice and easy.

Austen Sweetin – My favorite thing about the event is all the people that are here and all the speed we see hauling ass down these berms. You never know who’s gonna make it or blow out trying.

Tucker Andrews – Following the Warbs around.

Gus Warbington – My favorite thing about the event is the gathering of people.

Max Warbington – It’s the bros and everything except for racing down the course. That’s my least favorite. Everything up until that point I like.


Deep snow, deep turns.

Scotty Lago – Seeing all the people I haven’t seen in forever. I’ve been on the contest circuit and this is whole different group of people that I get to see. People like Jake Blauvelt, Eric Jackson, Patrick McCarthy, Terje Haakonsen. It’s really cool to see everyone in one good setting like this.

Mike Basich – The people, the environment, the vibe, all the love.

Jake Blauvelt – Getting to hang with all the legends. Take runs, even outside the course. There’s all the anticipation to get in that course, all the butterflies. You finally get in and get to ride the course and just enjoy it. It’s for your run, but you gotta enjoy it because you don’t get any practice. I love to be here with the legends and enjoy those banked turns because you don’t get that anywhere else in the world.

Madison Blackley – Everything about this mountain. It’s beautiful here, it’s insane.

Alex Yoder – My favorite thing about the Legendary Banked Slalom is camping in the parking lot because I really don’t like commuting. I like waking up and walking to the mountain and they just let you camp here for free and that’s a beautiful thing. And the snowboarding’s fun.

Johnny Brady – Free Food. The fondue, the salmon, the paella, it’s great.


And if you fell, there was a bitch pow run to be had. 

So it’s settled, the people, the place, the speed, the food. It’s all good and makes the great event. That said, Mattieu Crepel and Maelle Ricker were awarded the golden duct tape for going the fastest in the pro division and lots more results are here. Until next year…


Spring Breakers Corey Smith and Maxwell Scott. 


Is wearing the shirt of the contest you’re at like wearing the shirt of the band you’re going to see?


Small boarder, big turns.


Mandatory waxing shot. Rob Kingwill.




Maxx VonMarbod and Leanne Pelosi.


Peter Line and Pat Bridges.


Doing it for the crowd!


Oh Mt. Shuksan, you so pretty.


Rob Morrow in the gate!


There was some airtime to be had.


Even a booter for the groms at the party on Saturday.


But mostly turning.


There were a few snowboarders there.


And Jamie Lynn’s band played too!


Seriously, a lot of turning went down.


Lefts and rights.


The media was on the job!


And one more turn for good measure.

Smash Life Banked Slalom at Alpental, WA

I never had the pleasure of meeting Aaron Robinson before his untimely passing in 2011, but what I have had honor of experiencing is the positive energy his friends and family have carried into the snowboard world as a result. Yesterday marked the second race of the Smash Life Banked Slalom series, and despite the icy conditions at Alpental, soul-shredding was alive and well. This race carried a much bigger prize than bragging rights, as the male and female riders with the best combined times from Big Sky and Washington would be granted a spot into this year’s Legendary Banked Slalom at Mount Baker. Needless to say, this made the stakes very high for those who had managed to make it to both races, and the shit-talking was a-flowin.

Despite the overall olympic skeleton ice luge feel of the course, the day was amazingly fun. The most entertaining, and crowd pleasing event would be provided by a girl positioned after the third turn who flashed every single rider than fell before they got to her. I kid you not, she was dumpin ’em out like no one’s business if you ate it in the beginning. A large crowd sat at the top of the course and cheered loudly every time someone fell, rooting for it when most riders dropped. Paul “Bagels” Stanley was quoted in saying “those were some really nice boobs.”

Suppressing my urge to fall on purpose and see some humdingers, I held on for dear life, and was able to win my first ever media pool title after staying on my feet for my second run. The pool included myself, Jeff Hawe, Brooke, and Colin Wiseman of Frequency. One could say there have been pools with stuffer competition, but whatever, I am 15 bucks richer!


and now…

The results!


1. Keala Cole 55.84
2. Austin Buza 56.19
3. Matteo Sultan 56.22


1. Isabella Gomez 58.18


1. Sarris Mccomb 56.28
2. Mallory Sullivan 102.89
3. Robyn Borneman 103.27

Grumpy Old Men

1. Marcel Dulak 53.17
2. Ryan McCurdy 55.63
3. Kemo Cole 55.74

Open Men

1. Todd Kirby 51.13
2. Andy Bergin Sperry 51.32
3. Kyle Miller 51.63

Overall (Combined from Big Sky and Alpental, 1st wins a slot to the LBS)


1. Sarris McComb
2. Brooke Geery


1. Kyle Miller
2. Todd Kirby
3. Chase Matteson
4. Tyrel Bacon
5. Micah Hoogeven


2013 Dirksen Derby Video

The 2013 Dirksen Derby was a smash success by all accounts. Not to step on Jacque’s toes, but here’s our version of the video.

Shot and edited: Mark Rainha

Alpental Smash Life Banked Slalom 2013 Video

Another banked slalom in Aaron Robinson’s memory, held in a place he loved to shred. Washington’s Blair Habinecht destroyed the course with the two fastest runs of the day, taking home the win for his buddy A-Rob. Be sure to check out the gallery and story here.

Smash Life Banked Slalom Jan 5th


Smash Life Banked Slalom is happening again on January 5th at Big Sky Resort to raise money for A-Robs Plant a Seed Foundation. Going to be another fun year with the amount of snow we have gotten early season.

Dirksen Derby 2012: The Finals

Words: Brooke Geery. Photos: Jared Souney. Video: RC Cone

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3

Josh Dirksen is not only an amazing snowboarder, but he’s also just one of those genuinely nice people you can’t help but want to be around. Over his snowboard career, he’s made a mark on a lot of people all over the world, and the Dirksen Derby is the one time a year they all get together. Some come to see if they’ve still got it, other to vie for bragging rights and everyone is there to ride the rolling terrain of Mt. Bachelor.

Now in its 6th year, the Derby has grown from a homegrown, feel good event with a crowd of stoked locals, to a homegrown, feel good event with a crowd of locals and stoked pros from around the globe. Like anything that’s evolved organically, there have been growing pains, but this year, Josh and his wife Fabienne had things set up like a well-oiled machine. Numbers were in order, schedules were set and rumor has it they were even laminated badges planned. Of course, between the blizzard-like conditions, and a field made up of boarders, there were still hiccups, but all in all the event moved smoothly, and the most confusion was over why Russell Windfield was taking Dave Seoane’s final runs. Basically, it was the opposite of being at the Dew Tour.

In 2012, December 14th marked the first “official practice day,” which was added to the schedule to let everyone get a chance to feel out the course. Like in years past, the two slalom courses were entirely hand sculpted by local pros and other volunteers. On the right, the red course offered a real banked experience with tight turns and gaps, and on the left, the green course was wide open (and only sort of a wax race.) On the day of finals, it would take an average of 30 seconds to get down the red course and 40 seconds on the green. Since no one does any tricks, there’s not much to say about the riding other than that the elites are god-damned fast and the art of turning is one you should learn to love.

Perhaps the most amazing part of the Dirksen Derby is that even with riders like Temple Cummins, Terje Haakonsen and Jake Blauvelt in the men’s field, the fastest time of the day was actually laid down by a Bachelor local named Ben Connors. Who? Exactly. He went faster than all of the elites as well.

After three days of left turns, right turns, and powder turns, everyone gathered in the Sunrise Lodge for the awards. Between tossing out tons of product and settling side bets once and for all, Josh succinctly stated the real purpose of the Dirksen Derby, “Raise money, raise stoke.” The broad smile on Tyler Ecklund‘s face as he received a 3rd place trophy in the sit ski division was proof that the mission was accomplished. It also didn’t hurt that a ton of money of was raised for the Tyler Ecklund fund, and that the final day was actually just an epic powder day.

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The 6th Annual Dirksen Derby is December 14-16th

December 14th-15th-16th, 2012

New Course Location! Registration and Event will be out of Sunrise Lodge and Sunrise Chair at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon.

To raise money and stoke for our good friend and Derby competitor Tyler Eklund.

Snowboard Parallel Banked Slalom.

7 Divisions:
Mens Snowboard (14-49 years), Derby Elites Snowboard (invite only), Womens Snowboard (14-49 years), Groms Snowboard (13 and under), Older and Wiser Snowboard (50+ years), Splitboard (all ages), and Sit-Ski (all ages)

Racing and Party Schedule:
Friday will be a practice day on the Derby courses at Mt. Bachelor followed by the Dirksen Derby Kick-Off Party (all ages) and Broken Board Art Auction on Friday evening at 6pm at the Century Center in Bend, Oregon.
Racing will be held on Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm. Racing schedule is subject to change based on weather and snow conditions. Everyone should be available to race on Saturday and/or Sunday.

Price and Registration:
Pre-register online and receive a free limited edition Dirksen Derby beanie from Patagonia! The price will be $35 per division. Online registration starts on November 27th, 2012 at or at the Mt. Bachelor Sunrise Lodge on Friday (9:00am-3:00pm), Saturday (7:30am-9:30am) or Sunday (7:30am-9:30am). Discounted lift tickets are available at registration. All Press must check in at registration for special Press Passes.

Thanks to all of the sponsors who make this event possible:
Patagonia, Mt. Bachelor, Salomon snowboards, Dakine, GoPro, Smith Optics, Skull Candy, Mountain House, Clif Bar, HydroFlask, Karakoram splitboard bindings, Crab Grab, Oregon Adaptive Sports, Drink Water, Äsmo snowsurfers, GummiLove, Parilla, Deck Tech, Rebound Physical Therapy, Side Effect, Skjersaa`s, Exit Real World, Aspect, Race Place.

More Information:

Flynn and Stewart Win 2nd Annual Sugarloaf Banked Slalom

Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Flynn from Damariscotta, Maine, and 14-year-old Lindsay Stewart from Cape Elizabeth, Maine took first place in the men’s and women’s divisions today at the 2nd Annual Sugarloaf Banked Slalom.

The two-day Banked Slalom is a snowboard-only, open registration event, in which snowboarders young and old compete on a winding course of banked turns down Sugarloaf’s storied terrain.

Flynn finished the course of 24 banked turns in a time of 1:05.21, while Stewart finished in 1:16.87.

Rounding out the top three for men were 37-year-old Kevin McMahon from Stratton, Vermont, and 38-year-old Jack Michaud from Falmouth, Maine. McMahon also took home second place in last year’s inaugural Sugarloaf Banked Slalom, finishing just behind Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Powers.

On the women’s side, Miriah Chapman from Dexter, Maine, and Chelsi Christensen from North Hampton, New Hampshire finished in second and third place, respectively.

After finishing in fourth place last year, Flynn, a boat-builder and former snowboard coach at Gould Academy, became only the second champion in Sugarloaf Banked Slalom history.

“The course this year was incredible and this whole event is so much fun,” Flynn said. “It was so smooth, and even though it was faster than last year’s, it felt bigger. It’s great to see the event keep growing like this. I’m bringing more and more people with me each year.”

Based on the model of the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom is organized in part by two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Seth Wescott. Wescott did not race in this year’s event due to an injury sustained on the World Cup tour earlier in the season.

View Complete Overall Results Here

View Results By Age Group Here

The 2nd Annual Sugarloaf Banked Slalom March 10-11

This happens to be the same weekend as the US Open, which if you are into things like Banked Slaloms, you probably won’t miss one bit. Also, Seth Wescott is hurt, which means you might even have a chance at winning!

New England snowboarders will face the ultimate test of skill and agility at the second annual Sugarloaf Banked Slalom, March 10-11, 2012.

Organized in part by two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott, the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom captures the soul and laid-back nature of snowboarding in the Northeast, while allowing snowboarders of all ages and skill-levels to compete on the same course as legends of the sport like Wescott.

A pair of Olympic gold medalists took home two of the top three spots in the inaugural Sugarloaf Banked Slalom last season, with Wescott finishing in third and Ross Powers, the 2002 Olympic gold medalist in halfpipe, taking home the title.

**Watch video of the 2011 Sugarloaf Banked Slalom**
**Download high-res photos from the 2011 Sugarloaf Banked Slalom**

Based on the model of the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom is a snowboard-only, open registration event, in which 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 ever organized snowboard competition, and it eventually gave birth to the sport of snowboardcross. Wescott holds the only two Olympic snowboardcross gold medals ever awarded.

“The banked slalom is something that we always thought would be a great fit for Sugarloaf, and it was incredible to see the vision come to life last year,” Wescott said. “We had kids as young as eight years old competing on the same course as a superstar like Powers, and they all finished with huge smiles on their faces. It’s truly a great event for everyone.”

New for this year, the Banked Slalom will feature a two-day format. Saturday, March 10 will feature an elimination round, where the field of 200 riders will be culled to the fastest 150, who will all move on to Sunday’s final round.

On Sunday, March 11 each rider will have two runs, with the faster of the two counting in the final standings. The 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.

The Banked Slalom course will be located on Sugarloaf’s “Double Bitter” trail, and will be open to all riders on Friday, March 9 for an optional inspection run on Friday.

Registration for the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom is $60 per rider, and is currently open online at Registration will be capped at 200 riders. All registrants will receive a commemorative tshirt and are invited to a pre-event welcome party at The Rack on March 9.


Bone Zone Banked Slalom, Mt Hood, March 26th

We sure do love our Banked Slaloms here in the Northwest. All the thrill of the contest with none of those pesky tricks required! Shred Northwest is putting on the first annual Bone Zone Banked Slalom at Timberline next month, and if you want to win with out having to do double corks, you should be there!

March 26th 2011 @ Timberline Lodge

Shred NW Magazine is putting on the First Annual Bone Zone Banked Slalom at Timberline Lodge on March 26th. Its gonna be an event to remember!

Snowboarders only. Men’s and Woman’s Pro, Amateur and a Grom Classes. 10 skiers in the token skier division (invite only). Everybody gets to ride the top course, but the lower course is only for the pro classes, because its gonna be just that GNARLY! Stay tuned for registration info.

Cash prizes for pro and am classes. All hand dug and cut with jumps, hips, banks, run gaps, finish-line booter, and more throughout the courses. Each racer gets a Racer Bag with lots of goodies, Wild Card Movies will be on hill to film the event, brands will be demoing gear from next year, plus lots of great giveaways and raffle items.

Accommodations are available through The Resort At The Mountain in Welches, OR. The rate is variable and starts at $111 (a 30% discount).  Rooms can be booked by using booking code BZBS when making a reservation online at or by calling 877.439.6774.

Special thanks to the Bone Zone Banked Slalom sponsors — Shred NW Magazine, Timberline Lodge, Burton, Neuro Drink, Deschutes Brewery, Wild Card Movies, Auviq, Atmosphere, Blackstrap, POW, Volcom, Grenade, Lib-Technologies, BIGS, Tactics,, DS Imagery, The Resort at The Mountain, and Flash Ink.

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Dirksen Derby: Day 2

When it comes to a banked slalom competition, the worst possible turn of events after a day of pounding rain would be a massive temperature drop. The mushy berms would turn to solid ice, and on a course such as the one for this year’s Dirksen Derby, fly outs and tree collisions would be a given. This is a fun event for a good cause though, so even that bitch Mother Nature, who taunted the event with some of the worst possible weather on the first day, decided to cooperate, and that didn’t happen!

On December 12, things were warm and slushy and sun the even came out towards the end of the day at Mt. Bachelor. Of course, certain competitors (ahem, Jake Price) still managed to hit the trees, but that was more a matter of how aggressive they were getting. The divisions for day two included the token skiers, the elites (consisting of riders who’d previously placed in the top slots) and the men ages 14-49 (one division, a whole lotta’ dudes.) As with day one, each rider a one run through each course and then as a bonus got an optional “Mulligan” where they could try to best one of their times. The catch was, no one was told what those times were, so there was a chance you could actually make your time worse.

In short, people went fast, turned left and right, and ate Chowder from the Parilla Grill between runs. The smiles were plentiful, the course was fun, and a good time was had by all. When the final times were tabulated, Austin Smith came in with the fastest time of 53.46. That would have bested the “elites” too, but as Austin’s only previous Derby appearance was on a sit ski, he was not qualified for that division. However, his time topped Elite champ Curtis Ciszek by almost a full second. In addition to his golden glove and goodie pack, Austin was also treated to a rousing round of Happy Birthday at the awards (in honor of the fact it is his in two days.)

The Dirksen Derby is the best. While winning is awesome, just being there, putting a smile on Tyler Eklund’s face, and drinking beers from a keg in the parking lot is what it’s really about. Personally, I can’t think of a better kick off to the best season ever.


1. Austin Smith 53.46
2. Allister Schultz 55.46
3. Ryland Bell 55.71
4. Logan Beaulieu 55.82


1. Curtis Ciszek 54.31
2. Jake Price 54.60
3. Adam Haynes 55.31
4. Bryan Fox 55.35
5. Brandon Luzier 56.44
5. Travis Yamada 57.35
6. Jason McAlister 101.94

Token Skier

1. Rex Shepard
2. Lucas Wachs
3. Hames Ellerbe