With 250 riders entered, the 2017 Beaver Valley Banked Slalom capped off the season as Ontario’s largest snowboard gathering, attracting the best park, pipe, race and freeriders, from the newest generation to the legends and champions of old.
The Beaver Valley Banked Slalom is the one annual event that brings together the whole snowboarding community for a fun “bragging rights” chase through the banked course as well as to shred some final park laps, ending with a massive afternoon apres! The Foremast Jacks band were back by popular demand to reprise their live music performance of last year to rock the deck party! Big thanks to Madjack Beer for supporting event!
A new addition this year was a classic spring snow “pond skim” in front of the base lodge deck during the afternoon. It provided some extracurricular fun for a number of banked slalom shredders and plenty of entertainment for onlookers, some of whom got as wet as the pond riders thanks to some well executed pond carves (Nick Marshall and Joel Dalacker!)
This year’s banked course was one of the more challenging and fun to date but still yielded fast times despite softening spring snow conditions. The fastest overall men’s and women’s riders were last year’s champs, boardercrosser’s Ryan Tryhane and Tayler Wilton who also won their 20-29 “Washed Up” age categories. They took home massive jugs of Beaver Valley maple syrup and some new gear for their victories.
As part of the WSF World Snowboard Banked Tour, the Beaver Valley Banked Slalom’s top three fastest men and women will be entered in the Tour’s lottery to score spots in the 2018 Legendary Mt Banked Banked Slalom, to be announced later this year. Congrats to this year’s fastest at BV: Men – 1. Ryan Tryhane; 2. Kenny Riedman; 3. Michael Nazwaski. Women – 1. Tayler Wilton; 2. Hannah Kilmer-Choi; 3. Stephanie Angeja.
Local shop staff and snowboard reps also battled for the coveted “Union Bindings Faster Industry Rider” award. This year it was Endeavor/Electric/Rip Curl rep Lee Jack scoring the fastest lap followed by Capita/Union/Dragon rep Connor Dudgeon and Sanction shop’s Travis Tedford!
The famed Beaver Valley Snow Parks were in great spring snow conditions with multiple jump lines and tons of rail, jib, transition and box set-ups! Big thanks to Caleb Bosse and the BV Snow Parks crews for the amazing work on the parks and banked slalom course!
One of the best things about the Beaver Valley Banked Slalom is all of the charitable funds it raises for Rebecca’s Hope Leukemia Research at Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Centre in memory Beaver Valley snowboarder Jackie Snarr. This year’s Banked Slalom raised over $16,000, adding to the over $47,650 raised by previous year’s events!
Thanks to all of the BV Banked Slalom sponsors: Madjack; Ski Big 3 – Lake Louise/Sunshine/Norquay; Kawartha Metals; Union; Capita; Vans; Burton; 686; Ride; Arbor; Zeal; K2; Dragon; Coal; ThirtyTwo; Beaver Wax; Sandbox, Squire Johns, Beaver Valley Ski Club and its members.
Thanks to the dozens of Beaver Valley member volunteers for their efforts in helping to organize the Banked Slalom, in particular Barb Black and family, Steve Jarrett and family, Arlene and Dave Roberston. And thank-you to all of the Beaver Valley staff for all of their time and behind the scenes work to make the Banked Slalom such a tremendous success.
Banked Slalom Podium Results by age category as follows. For Full Results click here.
GROMS 14 & UNDER GIRLS
GROMS 14 & UNDER BOYS
YOUNG GUNS WOMEN 15-19
YOUNG GUN MEN 15-19
ALMOST WASHED UP WOMEN 20-29
ALMOST WASHED UP MEN 20-29
MASTERS WOMEN 30-39
MASTERS MEN 30-39
LEGENDS WOMEN 40-49
LEGENDS MEN 40-49