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Rahlves' Banzai Tour Set to Kickoff 2016 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Rahlves’ Banzai Tour

February 27, 2016 – February 28, 2016
Location: Kirkwood
Time: 10:00a
The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour is racing in it’s purest form. Big mountain freeride meets ski / boarder-cross action! Taking place at three Lake Tahoe, CA resorts it’s 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. Open entry for 18 years old and up. Come take part in the fun and find out what you are made of.
Solo timed qualifying run on Saturday ranks the Top 32 men ski / board and Top 16 women ski / board into brackets for Sunday’s finals. 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.

“We are extremely excited to once again host the Red Bull Rahlves Banzai Race.  This year marks the 6th year in a row with a Kirkwood Banzai stop.  We are very excited with this years venue returning to the top of the Wall with our famous waterfall start…imagine dropping 25′ – 30′ out of the start before your first turn even starts?  Then follow that up with another 2 minutes of intense turns, jumps and natural features all the way down Snow Snake gully ending near the base of the mountain; all the while competing side by side with fellow racers vying for first position.”


Both Kirkwood Ski Patrol and the Kirkwood Ski Team will be working diligently to provide the athletes with a first class event.  The Kirkwood Ski team in it’s 30th season at Kirkwood always enjoy’s this extreme event.  Hope to see you in the race.”
Jim Reilly – Program Director Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation 

RBT has more momentum than ever in it’s sixth season. Top skiers and snowboarders from North America will line up against Lake Tahoe area athletes laying it on the line to defend home turf and a cash purse at each event. Points are earned at all events and added up to crown male and female ski and snowboard Overall Banzai Champions for an additional pay out.
Daron Rahlves, Banzai Master, World Champion, USA Olympic ski racer, Winter X-Games Skier-X Champ and pro big mountain skier is the event organizer responsible for its growth and success with the help of host resorts, event partnerships and competitors. Daron is involved in the operation of the RBT, assisting competitors and mingling with the fans. At each event he takes a qualifying timed run, but doesn’t compete head to head until the “Super Final” at his home resort, Sugar Bowl. March 6th is that day when he puts his title of “Banzai Master” on the line taking on the Men Ski Winners from each stop in a battle for winner takes all of $5,000 USD!!!
Catch all the Banzai action and previews from TahoeTV at http://www.tahoetopia.com/ on the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Channel.

“The Silver Belt Race first took place in the 1940’s at Sugar Bowl Resort and was re-born in 2009 in it’s current form. The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour builds on the success of that race. Show up at one or all events to compete or watch the action. Can’t be there live? Check out, The Rahlves Banzai Tour FaceBook page, RahlvesBanzai Twitter, a Rahlves Banzai mobile app, live Saturday radio coverage on 101.5FM TruckeeTahoeRadio live updates through the day. Thanks to the support from competitors, fans, host resorts and RBT sponsors for Making It Happen!”
-Daron Rahlves 

2016 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour – Kirkwood Wall Banzai

RBT is fired up to be back at Kirkwood Mountain Resort for the 6th season of the most pure form of ski and snowboard racing. This year we look forward to dropping in from “CLIF Drop” off the Wall into Kirkwood’s wide open terrain where competitors will launch into Snow Snake Gully off the road aka “Down Deschutes” flying past spectators on top of Chair 11.  The natural terrain at Kirkwood is the perfect fit for Banzai fun and top to bottom battles.  Sign up to compete or come check out the action.
Friday February 26th join us in South Lake Tahoe for the Rahlves’ Banzai Bar Crawl at Base Camp Pizza 5-7pm and moving onto CA Burger Company to kick start the weekend winning lift tickets and sponsor prizes.
Saturday starts with practice, a solo timed run placing competitors in brackets for 4 and the Round of 32 for men divisions.  Following the on hill action join us at the Wall Bar 2-5pm for Red Bull and Deschutes beer specials. $1 from each drink goes to benefit the local ski team, Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation who put a lot of work into running this event.
Sunday is the big day with rounds of 16 for the men and women battling it out for the top 2 in each heat advancing them to the next round and into the finals.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort Feb 27-28
Sugar Bowl Resort March 5-6
Register now at www.rahlvesbanzai.com

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