The Rahlves' Banzai Tour will make the same four stops as last year: Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Squaw Valley, and Sugar Bowl. The format is simple. Four people start together at the top of the mountain. The first two down the ungroomed course advance to the next round. Daron Rahlves, a former U.S. World Cup and Olympic ski racer, will race head to head in the “Super Final” at Sugar Bowl.
Rahlves describes the race as rowdy, wow, wild, hold on, and good luck. This is a big mountain event where freeski and boarder-cross mesh. Skiers and boarders compete for prize money at each stop on the tour. The prize purse is $15,000 per venue and $35,000 for the finals at Sugar Bowl.
A solo timed qualifying run on Saturday ranks the top 32 men ski/board and top 16 women ski/board to compete on the Sunday finals. The racing is fun to watch. They have a race announcer, music, sponsor booths, beer and food tents.
Feb. 2-3, Kirkwood, Wall Banzai
Feb. 9-10, Alpine Meadows, Face Banzai
March 2-3, Squaw Valley, KT-22 Banzai
March 9-10, Sugar Bowl, Silver Belt Banzai