Fresh snow welcome for Squaw Valley Banzai stop |

Fresh snow welcome for Squaw Valley Banzai stop

Staff report
Skiers compete in the Squaw Valley stop of the Rahlves' Banzai Tour in 2012. The tour moves to Squaw Valley this weekend.
Sylas Wright / File photo |

After a successful opening event at Kirkwood, the second stop of the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour is set to go down in fresh conditions at Squaw Valley on Saturday and Sunday.

The course will begin at the top of KT-22 and finish at the top of Expedition, making it about the same length as Sugar Bowl’s Silver Belt Banzai. With new snow this week, conditions should be conducive to high-speed, shoulder-to-shoulder racing down the steeps of KT.

The action begins Saturday with individual time trials, which will be used to determine seeding for Sunday’s final four-person heats.

Tour leaders have already been established, as last year’s Super Final winner, Kyle Coxon, and former World Cup moguls skier Shelly Robertson captured wins in the men’s and women’s ski divisions at Kirkwood, while regular top contenders Sylvain Duclos and Iris Lazzareschi won their respective snowboard divisions.

Each received 100 points toward the four-event season rankings. Second-place finishers from Kirkwood received 80 points and third-place finishers received 60 points.

Coxon and Duclos also cemented their places in the men’s ski and snowboard Super Finals at Sugar Bowl, which will pit the top competitors from each stop against former Olympian and event founder Daron Rahlves and Olympic snowboardcross racer Nate Holland in a pair of winner-takes-all races worth $5,000 each.

After the Squaw Valley stop, the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour continues at Alpine Meadows on March 8-9 and concludes at Sugar Bowl on March 15-16.

The tour will broadcast live on 101.5 FM. For more information, race results, videos and to register for events, go to

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