Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is proud to present its first ever snowboard-only event: the DARKSIDE Banked Slalom Open!
Taking advantage of the Horse’s best natural terrain, the course will be crafted in a gully linking multiple banked turns. Racers will compete against the clock on a closed course, with more than $5000 in prizes for the winners!
Snowboarders & Skiers-On-Board Categories.
- 14 years old & under (25$ only)
- 15-18 years old
- 19-39 years old
- Skiers-On-Board (18years old +)
RESULTS DAY 1: https://zone4.ca/event/khbankedslalom2018/
|Friday March 16:|
2:00pm – 8:00pm: Competitor check in @ Darkside
Come down to GS to get your competition package (includes official event party ticket, and bib number). Competitors will be run by category. Last minute check-in will be available at Guest Services on Saturday morning from 8:00am – 8:45am.
10pm+: Official opening party presented by Monster Energy Drinks
7” of Pleasure: Vinyl DJ’s
ALL REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS ARE ON GUEST LIST!
|Saturday March 17:|
9:00am – MANDATORY Athlete meeting at The Whitetooth Grill
9:30am – lift upload
9:45am – 10:45am: Course inspection – 1 run only
10:45am: First timed runs begin in category order
3:00pm: Course will be closed.
5:00pm first day results posted at Whitetooth grill!
|Sunday March 18:|
9:30am: Second timed runs begin.
2:30pm: Course closed.
4:00pm: Awards ceremony at the Whitetooth Grill
Event prizing and tons of draw prizes to be given away, so stick around!
$5000 Prize pool in products from DARKSIDE!
Interested in being a volunteer course builder?
In exchange for 2 days of building, volunteers will receive a free competition entry, lunch, and an après beer at Whitetooth Grill.
Course build will be from March 13 to 16th.
Contact Darkside on facebook to take part in the building team
Spring, it’s the time of year when the flowers bloom and everything turns green, unless you’re in the Canadian Rockies. If you find yourself in the Rockies come spring, you’ll quickly notice that the winter blanket of white snow is far from disappearing. In fact, spring in the Rockies offers some of the best skiing conditions. Not to mention the added bonus of starting après before sun down, not that you have to stop when the sun disappears, no judgments here!
Ever heard the expression “suns out guns out’ or “skies out, thighs out”? We are pretty sure they were first said by a hardy Canadian spring skier wearing a sleeveless shirt and shorts while laying down a killer line in the Rockies. Warmer temps bring out some of the best and most amusing spring skiing fashion trends, again, no judgments. The warmth of the sunshine isn’t just great for tan lines, but also works its magic for ultimate snow conditions. One thing that’s reliable in the Rockies is epic corn snow. Corn snow, or “hot pow” if you will, is a descriptive term for the glorious snow that coats our backyard all spring long, it’s fast, warm, and punch-able for ultimate control.
Spring is the ideal time to celebrate in the mountains. Everything from live music, pond skims, themed races and festivals make their way onto the calendar come spring. Fernie Alpine Resort welcomes April with live outdoor music and an unforgettable Festival that goes by the name of Fernival. A film festival kicks of Fernival followed by the famous Raging Elk Powder, Pedal, Paddle Relay, what better way to fully embrace spring that in a multisport multi-season relay. Fernie wraps up their season with the Coca Cola Slope Soaker and live music. If spring skiing is half about skiing and half about socializing, Fernival is exactly where you want to be. Strictly skiing more your style? Kimberley Alpine Resort has some of the longest days available for lap crushing by offering night skiing. Hop on the first lift at 9am and ski right until 4pm. A mandatory break of operations will remind you to eat, relax and enjoy some live music before getting back on the slopes at 5:30pm when night skiing kicks off. Nakiska is the place to see it all, and ski it too, Calgary’s closest mountain shouldn’t be missed! Nakiska is home to fun event weekends in April referred to as Spring Fiesta’s with family friendly activities and of course, the tube park will be open! The biggest crowd drawing event at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is non other than the famous Wrangle the Chute Freeride World Tour 4 Star qualifier. Watch some of the most talented athletes tastefully choose lines to tackle with style in front of the stoke filled crowd. The after party is quickly becoming equally as famous, another reason to put Kicking Horse Mountain Resort on your spring hit list.
Combining long, warm, and snow filled days with awesome events sounds like the perfect reason to get to the Rockies this spring if you ask me. If you haven’t experienced spring the Rockies you don’t know what you’re missing and hopefully I’ve given you enough reasons to change that!
Checking your Ski Equipment now is very important for many reasons, here are the 3 top reasons;
FAQ: I get asked all the time ‘Why should I check my Ski Equipment, as I’m not a great skier and spend lots of time on the beginner slopes with kids…”
My Answer: I always say try these- once you try new skis you are on cloud nine. Technology advancements, ski shape, size are some of the many reasons the new skis really do make a difference. You owe it to yourself as it will enhance your skiing skills, make skiing easier and give you more control on the slopes.
FAQ: I have a pair of skis in the garage- is it okay to use them?
My Answer: The key here is check the bindings- visit your local ski shop or most ski resorts have tune up shops in the rental areas as well. If you live in Calgary visit your local ski shop like the new Sporting Life store located in Southcentre mall to have a pro look at the bindings to make sure they still are in good shape and meet current binding standards.
FAQ: Do I really need to check the condition of the bases and edges of my skis?
My Answer: Now I don’t get my skis tuned all that regularly as I ski mostly in soft, powder snow. But if you are visiting ski resorts that have hard snow or icy conditions regularly then you should definitely get your skis tuned more often.