Truckee, Calif. (November 19, 2012) –Rahlves' Banzai Tour is back, showcasing racing in its purest form of four at a time going head-to-head over natural terrain in ski and boarder-cross style action. The 2013 dates for this annual favorite have been announced, so mark your calendars and get ready to compete in the ultimate test on the mountain. With tour stops, pre and après parties spanning four weekends from Feb. 2nd through Mar. 10th at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl Resort, the Rahlves' Banzai Tour is sure to be a showstopper.
"There is no other race like this in the world," said Rahlves. "Last year’s low tide conditions forced new routes down each venue and produced exciting competition and a great show for spectators. I was impressed with the competitors attitude and level of commitment. What’s so unique about this race is every day ripper's line up against pro level athletes and have a shot at the title of Rahlves’ Banzai Champ. It’s a competition among competitors, but ultimately it’s against the mountain."
When the gate drops, it’s on as four competitors battle it out for the holeshot and an early lead. Tactics, skill, strength and calculated risk are put to the test attacking terrain and skied out snow conditions found at any resort off the groomed runs. Watching the battle is simply awe-inspiring and commands respect.
The final stop on the tour at Sugar Bowl Resort, where the race originated, will feature the "Super Final" in which former World Champion, 12-time World Cup winner, X-Games Gold Medalist and four-time Olympic skier Daron Rahlves will race against the four men's skiing division winners from each stop on this year's tour. This grand finale will not disappoint, as it provides the only opportunity during the tour to witness Rahlves putting his technical skills and all out effort to the test against the crowned winners of the tour who will be vying to beat Rahlves and to take home the title of “Banzai Master” with a cash prize of $10,000; winner takes all.
Friday night before each tour stop, competing athletes, sponsors, media and special guests are invited to the event kick-off, “Rahlves’ Banzai Welcome Party”. The location will be announced closer to the event dates. On Saturday after the solo qualifying timed runs to seed Sunday’s Finals and heats of four, all competing athletes, sponsors, media and fans are invited to celebrate all things Banzai at the 3-6pm “Rahlves’ Banzai Après Party” thrown by High Fives Foundation, a Truckee, CA based non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. A portion of the proceeds from Sierra Nevada beers purchased throughout the evening and raffle prizes will be donated to High Fives.
Competitors aged 18 and up are encouraged to start polishing up on their schussing big mountain skills and get ready to enter the men's and women's ski and snowboard divisions for the tour.
Make plans to catch the high-speed action at each tour stop including:
• Kirkwood Mountain Resort Feb. 2-3, 2013
• Alpine Meadows Feb. 9-10, 2013
• Squaw Valley Mar. 2-3, 2013
• Sugar Bowl Resort Mar. 9-10, 2013
For those who are curious about the tour's name, Banzai is a Japanese term expressed as an exuberant cheer meaning, "Long Life!" or "Hurray!" An apt name for a high-spirited downhill ski and snowboard competition, the Silver Belt Race first took place in the 1940s at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and was re-introduced with the head-to-head action by Daron Rahlves and Sugar Bowl in 2009. The race continued with one event for another year, and then Rahlves decided to take the show on the road, officially launching the Rahlves' Banzai Tour and expanding to stops at four of Lake Tahoe’s premier resorts.
Building on the tour's success and evolution, Rahlves has designated the worthy High Fives Foundation as the tour's official non-profit partner, while leveraging big name sponsors such as Red Bull, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Contour, CEP "intelligent sportswear", North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, Jagermeister, Spyder, Atomic, Start Haus Ski Shop, Wend Wax, COAL, The Bar Effect, World Cup Supply, Snow Fest, Sports Insurance and CRUX Events, thereby creating an alluring $80,000 prize purse.
Media coverage will include, Live event coverage on Sunday by 101.5FM Truckee-Tahoe Radio, Tahoe TV event edits for web / local tv, POWDER Magazine coverage and more.
For information, to check out previous race results, videos and to register, visit www.rahlvesbanzai.com
Event Registration begins January 2013
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