Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Kicks Off February 22-23
Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s Wall Banzai First Stop
Truckee, Calif. (February 6, 2014) – Has watching the Olympics got you fired up to hit the mountain? Bring your board or skis to Tahoe’s premier ski resorts and see the wildest winter ski and snowboard races live. The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour (RBT) kicks off February 22-23 with the “Wall Banzai” at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, followed by the “KT-22 Banzai” at Squaw Valley. Low snow pack in January contributed to the postponement of the RBT, originally slated to start February 8-9, but winter storms have returned to Tahoe, setting up great racing conditions in back-to-back weekends from February 22-23 through March 15-16.
The high-speed action of the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour will now be on consecutive weekends at these premier Lake Tahoe resorts:
- Kirkwood Mountain Resort February 22-23
- Squaw Valley March 1-2
- Alpine Meadows March 8-9
- Sugar Bowl Resort March 15-16
Four competitors each in Men Ski and Men Snowboard who earn their place by winning a tour stop (or being the next in line if there’s a repeat winner in one of the events) advance to compete at Sugar Bowl’s “Silver Belt Banzai” in the Super Finals for $5,000 in the Men Ski Super Final against Daron Rahlves and in a new 2014 RBT event, the Men Snowboard Super Final against Nate Holland, 8-time X-Games Champ and U.S. Olympic Snowboarder–also with a prize of $5,000.
“I’m fired up to load the Super Finals gate at Sugar Bowl, and proud to be an ambassador of the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour,” said Holland, a Tahoe local.
“I admire Nate’s hard charging style, passion for snowboarding and life. He’s a tough competitor with amazing board skills who has that Banzai fire. He will have his work cut out for him, but his all-out approach will be there for the Super Final. Those in the gate with Nate—the winningest rider in the history of boardercross—will have an opportunity of a lifetime,” said 4-time Olympian, Sugar Bowl Resort ambassador and tour founder Daron Rahlves. “Nate has a busy winter ahead of him competing in the World Cup, X-Games and the Olympic Games in Sochi, as well as the Banzai Tour. He will be a serious contender in all of them,” Rahlves added.
Rahlves announced last September that he will be honoring the competitive spirit of Chelone “Chilly” Miller, last year’s Overall Men Snowboard winner, by introducing the “Live Free and Send It” award. “The award will go to the competitor who embodies the free-spirit, skill and love of competition Chilly brought to the Banzai,” said Rahlves. It will be a yearly tribute passed on at the finals of the RBT.
New Tour sponsors GoPro and Alaska Airlines are increasing the value and excitement, with GoPro capturing all the action and Alaska Airlines awarding four round-trip flights to any Alaska Airlines destination to each of the four overall Tour winners—Men Snowboard, Women Snowboard, Men Ski and Women’s Ski. Alaska Airlines will also offer the “Alaska Airlines Long Flight Award” of $100 Alaska Airlines bucks for best air during the Sunday finals at each Tour stop.
The 2014 Tour will once again be broadcast live on Truckee and Lake Tahoe’s own 101.5FM, who have also partnered with Alaska Airlines to send two lucky winners with round-trip airfare to Cordova as part of the station’s annual Points North Heli Ski Giveaway.
The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Presented by Bank of the West is proud to be associated with Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl Resort, Red Bull, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., CEP Compression, Wend Wax, Lake Tahoe North, Tahoe Center for Orthopedics, Jagermeister, Alaska Airlines, and GoPro.
For more information, previous race results, videos and to register for events, go to www.rahlvesbanzai.com.
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