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Rahlves Banzai Tour – One down two to go in the Sierra

Banzai Tour Completes first weekend at Alpine Meadows heads to Kirkwood for stage 2

Lake Tahoe Ca – February 2015,  Banzai! Big mountain free ride meets ski / boarder-cross action! The Rahlves Banzai Tour now in its fifth season, takes place at three Lake Tahoe, CA resorts featuring its head to head action, four at a time – top to bottom, down a wide open course over natural terrain and snow conditions.
This last weekend, the open to the Banzai Tour took place at Alpine Meadows ski resort. Met with a new weather system that brought a dusting of new snow and high winds that delayed the finals a bit, but as the title of the event might suggest,(Banzai!) the skiers and boarders, both locals and professionals, challenged each other down the course set up on Alpine.

RECAP of Saturdays Action:

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 15th 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 on the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Channel.
The Next Stop on the Rahlves Banzai Tour is Kirkwood Mountain Resort Mar 7 – 8.
The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour returns to Kirkwood, promising high-speed ski and snowboard racing action.  The start of the Kirkwood Banzai drops into the legendarily steep section of the “The Wall” known as All the Way, a double black diamond. Don’t think of a normal, groomed downhill race; The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour sends the competitors through moguls, over natural jumps and into narrow gullies.
This is one of the most exciting weekends of the entire season at Kirkwood. There are many excellent spots for spectating including on The Wall, at the Alaska Airlines Flight Deck and at the finish line located at the end of Snow Snake Gully.
More information and registration can be found on the event
After Kirkwood the series will end at Sugar Bowl March 14-15, where Daron straps in against the leaders in a winner take all final run with the winner taking a $5000 cash prize and the title of Banzai master 2015.

The Banzai Tour was re-born in 2009 from an old time tradition called the Silver Belt Race in the 1940’s.  If your looking for a fun filled exciting event to check out on the mountain in the coming weekends. Check out The Banzai tour in Kirkwood March 7th.  And don’t miss the final at Sugar Bowl the following weekend March 14th.

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