At the first Mt. Baker Banked Slalom in 1985 there were a grand total of 19 finishers. The entry ranks have swelled a wee bit since then, to the point where we had to switch from a first-come, first-serve entry method to a more complicated system in the 2000's. We've refined it over the years, trying to accommodate people from all aspects of snowboarding; amateurs, pro's, sponsors, young, old, riders from around the world and the locals from our home mountain. We can run approximately 385 racers on the course each day (daylight and snow conditions are the main factors in this) and we have devised several different entry methods in the hopes that everyone who wants to race can get a chance to come ride in the Legendary Banked Slalom some day!
#1: TOP FINISHERS
We reserve spots for approx. 20% of the top finishers in each category from the previous year. Top Finishers must complete their registration (including entry fee payment) by the entry deadline or their spot will be given away to another lucky racer. Click the link below to see the Top Finishers from 2017.
Entry Begins: September 1, 2017
Entry Deadline: October 15, 2017
#2: LOTTERY - 90 spots
The Lottery is open to any and all snowboarders ages 12 and up! We weight the lottery based on how many times a person has tried to enter but not gotten a spot. (The more times you enter and don't get in, the better your chances are of winning a spot) Lottery fee is non-refundable, $5.50, with proceeds benefiting the Mt. Baker SnowSchool. (Applied Science In the Winter Environment, In cooperation with Mt. Baker Ski Area, North Cascades Institute and Northwest Avalanche Center) One lottery entry per person and lottery winners are not allowed to give their spot away to another racer. Lottery winners must complete their registration (including full entry fee payment) by the entry deadline or their spot will be given away to another lucky racer.
NEW THIS YEAR: Lottery Applications will be processed through the online company Webscorer. The $5.50 fee is processed through PayPal (applicants are not required to have a PayPal account; you can use a credit card)
Lottery Begins: September 1, 2017
Lottery Deadline: October 15, 2017
Lottery Winner Entry Begins: November 1, 2017
Lottery Winner Deadline: December 1, 2017
#3: LOCALS QUALIFIER - 30 spots (January 14 & 15, 2018)
This is a race for Mt. Baker Locals, with a percentage of the top finishers in each category earning a spot in the 2018 Legendary Banked Slalom. To race in the Locals, you must either have a 2017-18 Mt. Baker season pass or live in one of the following areas; Whatcom, Skagit or Island County or the Lower Mainland of BC (White Rock, Surrey, Langley, Matsqui, Abbottsford, Chilliwack). Locals who win a spot in the LBS must complete their registration (including entry fee payment) by the entry deadline or their spot will be given away to another lucky racer.
Locals Entry Begins: January 4, 2018
Locals Entry deadline: January 10 or the first 250 racers, whichever comes first
Locals Winner Entry Begins: January 18, 2018
Locals Winner Deadline: January 25, 2018
#4: NEXT GENERATION QUALIFIER - 9 spots (January 14, 2018)
This is a race for kids ages 7 - 11, from anywhere! (No need to be a local for this race) The top 4 boys and top 3 girls, plus the top-placing Local girl and boy, will earn a spot in the 2018 Legendary Banked Slalom. Next Gen'ers who win a spot in the LBS must complete their registration (including entry fee payment) by the entry deadline or their spot will be given away to another lucky racer.
Next Gen. Entry Begins: January 4, 2018
Next Gen. Entry deadline: January 10 or the first 35 racers, whichever comes first
Next Gen. Winner Entry Begins: January 18, 2018
Next Gen. Winner Deadline: January 25, 2018
#5: OTHER BANKED SLALOMS - up to 28 spots
We are stoked to see the stoke of the Banked Slalom spreading around the world; you can now find other Banked Slalom races in most of the snowy parts of the US, Europe, Scandinavia and even Japan! If you live far away from Baker and don't make it in through the Lottery, check out these other great races for an awesome Banked Slalom experience and a chance to win a spot in the Legendary Banked Slalom. Most of the races listed below will be given 1 or 2 spots for the LBS, but please note that the number of qualifying spots, and which category(s) they are given to will vary from race to race. Riders who win an entry through one of these other events must complete their LBS registration (and pay the entry fee) by their specified deadline or their spot will be given away to another lucky racer.
Qualifying Banked Slaloms:
Dirksen Derby - Mt. Bachelor, OR
Neil Edgeworth Memorial - Big White, BC
JLA - Mammoth Mountain, CA
Sugarloaf - Sugarloaf, Maine
Smashlife - Alpental, WA & Big Sky, MT
Baldy BS - Sun Valley, ID
Nate Chute Memorial - Whitefish, MT
Rat Race - Mt. Hood, OR
Zig Zag - Baldface, BC
Tenjin Banked Slalom - Tenjin, Japan
Montafan Banked Slalom - Gargellen, Austria
Laax Sudden Rush - Laax, Switzerland
#6: SPONSOR SPOTS - varies
In appreciation for supporting the Legendary Banked Slalom and, well, making it happen, we give spots to the sponsors of the LBS. The number of spots given depends on the level of sponsorship, and the total quantity of spots varies from year to year. For information on sponsorship opportunities contact [email protected]
#7: INVITATIONS - varies
In the Banked Slalom, as in life, things always come up. So we reserve some spots to divy out as necessary - to LBS racers who couldn't race due to injuries the previous year, to charity events, logistical errors, etc.