Baldy Mountain Resort is levelling-up the whole downhill racing genre with its introduction of the Banked and Janked Slalom on the Baldy Beast.

A beast is about to be awoken at Baldy Mountain Resort. The Baldy Beast is a new, innovative banked slalom course making its debut on Saturday, February for the “The Banked and Janked Slalom” presented by Voltfuse.

The Beast was designed by Baldy staff Andrew Zwicker and Matt Koenig who say they got their inspiration from the local terrain, culture and wildlife that call the mountain home. The slalom course winds its way through the forest, into huge banks and past janky items and random props. “When we first thought about hosting the race, it was all about how can we best showcase the terrain and culture of Baldy and the surrounding region while building a course that will be super fun, exciting and unlike anything banked slalom racers have seen before,” explains Zwicker.

The culture portion of the race includes wine barrels, crates and bottles, which will be incorporated into the jumps and banked turns thus showcasing the mountains location in the heart of BC’s winery region.

The event will be open to both snowboarders and skiers, of all ages. There is minimal technical ability required to participate, which means everyone can get involved and set their best time. The race fee of $15 includes entrance to the event, a t-shirt, a beer from event sponsor Highway 97 Brewing (or soft drinks for minors), a burger BBQ (compliments of Family Foods in Midway) and an evening mini-park jam by the cabin-side bonfire.

The Banked and Janked Slalom will take place during the day and that evening Baldy will set up a BBQ garden on the mountain at the base of a purpose-built mini-park. Participants in the banked slalom are automatically entered in the evening min-park jam that closes out with live music and a party in the lodge.

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