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. On a normal year, 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!
There are 6 ways to enter the 2022 Legendary Banked Slalom
Unfortunately, there will be no Lottery for the 2022 Legendary Banked Slalom.
We hope to bring back this additional entry method next fall for the 2023 LBS!
#1: TOP FINISHERS
We reserve spots for approx. 25% of the top finishers in each category from the previous year. Top Finishers must complete their registration (including entry fee payment) by the posted deadline or their spot will be given away to another lucky racer. Click the link below to see the Top Finishers from 2020.
Top Finishers Registration Begins: Nov. 1, 2021
Top Finishers Registration Deadline: Nov. 30, 2021
#2: LOCALS QUALIFIER
This is a race for Mt. Baker Locals, with a percentage of the top finishers in each category earning a spot in the 2022 Legendary Banked Slalom. To race in the Locals, you must either have a 2021-22 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 posted deadline or their spot will be given away to another lucky racer. Please note; if you are already qualified for a spot in the 2022 LBS you CANNOT race in the Qualifier.
REGISTRATION FOR LOCALS QUALIFIER IS FULL
#3: NEXT GENERATION QUALIFIER
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 4 girls, plus the top-placing Local girl and boy, will earn a spot in the 2022 Legendary Banked Slalom. Next Gen’ers who win a spot in the LBS must complete their registration (including entry fee payment) by the posted deadline or their spot will be given away to another lucky racer. Please note; if you are already qualified for a spot in the 2022 LBS you CANNOT race in the Qualifier.
REGISTRATION IS FULL
#4: OTHER BANKED SLALOMS
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 possibly a chance to win a spot in the Legendary Banked Slalom. Not every Banked Slalom is a Qualifier and the number of LBS spots available to win is limited. Check with your local Banked Slalom for details.
#5: SPONSOR SPOTS
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]
In the Banked Slalom, as in life, things happen. 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.