Legendary Banked Slalom 31

Kael Martin ripping the course

Kael Martin ripping the course

Words and photos by Colton Jacobs: Howdy friends, it was a good time at this years LBS 31. It started off looking sketchy with a massive storm that destroyed the forest heading up to the mountain and closing the road for multiple days (read about the lucky guy that was snowed in here). We had a variety of weather throughout the weekend bringing snow Friday, clouds Saturday and bluebird on Sunday.

Leanne Pelosi

Leanne Pelosi

 The atmosphere at the LBS is unmatched, everyone in the industry is there like a giant high school reunion where the food is delicious, and the stoke is high. Maxx had the Traeger BBQ RV down in the lower lot so at the end of the day we had some premium smoked meats!

Gershon Dorfman

Gershon Dorfman

In between races we rode the Shuksan arm and hemisphere’s to warm up the legs and enjoy the abundance of untracked lines still available if you were willing to hike.

Matt Belzile ready to drop...

Matt Belzile ready to drop…

Kael and Leanne made finals but the rest did not. It was a stiff competition as always and the regulars were on top of their game. Josh Dirksen, Curtis Ciszek, Temple Cummins, and Terje were all super fast but it was Nils Mindnich who won pro mens. 

Regardless of the the competitive aspect the course was so fun and smooth, it was impossible to ride it and not enjoy yourself.  Snowboarding is fun weather you win or lose. I think thats the whole vibe of the LBS in general, good times enjoying the art of snowboarding in a form thats very relatable to just about anyone who can snowboard, no triple corks needed…. however if you did figure out a way to invert down the course and still make a fast time you’d be a legend. 

Kael's stoked!

Kael’s stoked!

To wrap things up, don’t miss our edit TURN from last year’s LBS! Featuring not just the slalom but some fantastic Mt. Baker all mountain ripping.

Video by Liam Gallagher | 🏂 Tim Eddy​ Leanne PelosiLucas Debari​ Ryuji TakaiKyle Miller Kael MartinMatt BelzileJohnny Brady​ | Music: “Ticker” by Silent Partner / “Catch A Way” by Evert Almond / “Gulag Minnesbilden” by Ars Sonor Malga Kubiak

Until next time friends!