Skiers, boarders compete in Banzai finale

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Banzai Tour ·

The Rahlves Banzai Tour heads to the series finale on March 14 and 15 at Sugar Bowl with an opportunity for top racers to compete against Olympic Athletes Daron Rahlves and Nate Holland in the Silver Belt.

Big mountain freeride meets ski/boarder-cross action in the Banzai Tour, with head-to-head action four at a time, top to bottom, down a wide-open course over natural terrain and snow conditions. This is the ultimate test of ski and riding skills.
The finals match up four competitors at a time with the top two in round advancing until the remaining four battle it out for the Rahlves’ Banzai win. For more information, visit rahlvesbanzai.com.

 

Daron Rahlves: On speed

As told to Jenn Sheridan

After 13 years racing with the U.S. Ski Team, Daron Rahlves continues to push the envelope in skiing. A ski ambassador with Sugar Bowl, Rahlves helped launch the Rahlves Banzai Tour as a nod to Sugar Bowl’s historic Silver Belt Race. The Banzai puts a modern twist on the Silver Belt with four skiers or boarders racing head-to-head in timed heats similar to a ski-cross event.

On the course
“Tahoe mountains are built for this kind of event. Each run is about 1 to 1½ minutes. The course utilizes as much natural terrain as possible and is built to slow racers down in tight areas and let them run when it’s open.”

On the competitors
“I like people finding out what they’re made of. I want people who come out just to say they did it along with those who compete to win.”

On competition
“I’ve always been a competitor. It gives you a way to see where you stand.”

On expanding the tour
“I want to keep it in Tahoe. We thought about growing, but I think it’s better to bring people here. The mountains are perfect for this event.”

On the tour’s success
“It seems like more people are joining the tour in a stronger way. It’s cool when people start supporting what you want to do.”

On inspiration
“Two years ago, a local guy, Shawn McGee, made the semi-finals. He was fired up and motivated to train. The next year, he came back and almost won the overall title. I was impressed seeing his commitment.”

On the next generation
“Each event raises money for local ski teams. For every beer and Red Bull sold during the après parties, a dollar is donated to the resort’s team. At the end, we raffle off sponsor products. It’s all about helping the next generation and the ski community.”

On showing off
“Tag #rahlvesbanzai on Instagram and your photos will automatically be posted on rahlvesbanzai.com.”

 

Daron Rahlves resume

7 U.S. National Titles

15 U.S. National Podium finishes

28 World Cup Podium finishes

12 World Cup Wins

3 World Championship Medals

1 X Games win in SkierX

 

On film (to name a few)

Matchstick Productions “Pull”

Rage Films “Enjoy”

Rage Films “Down Days”

Atomic Skiing “Skiing Is ______”

Matchstick Productions “In Deep”

Warren Miller Entertainment “Dynasty,” “Flow State” & “Children of Winter”

Teton Gravity Research “Light the Wick,” “One for the Road” & “Dream Factory”