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Inaugural Vans Cup set for Northstar

The inaugural Vans Cup at Tahoe will draw the world’s best snowboarders including Danny Kass, Shaun White, Marc-Frank Montoya, Andreas Wiig and Tara Dakides to Northstar-at-Tahoe Feb. 11-13.

Those riders and more will compete in a competition dubbed the B.A.R., or Best All-Around Rider. The event is expected to be the most important professional snowboarding competition on the West Coast this season with nearly every big name in the sport in attendance and a total prize purse of more than $200,000.-

The Vans Cup at Tahoe will air on Fox Sports Net nationally in two parts at 3 p.m. March 18 and March 25.

The B.A.R.

Instead of a standard slopestyle course, Vans contest organizers are merging the three major elements of freestyle snowboarding (rails, jumps, transitions) into one. The course starts with a series of rails flowing into a huge kicker and finishing with a quarter-pipe/hip combo. The winner of this event needs to be versatile in all the major elements earning them the title and major bragging rights as the Best All-Around Rider (B.A.R.).

The event is free and open to the public.Those without lift tickets can receive a free gondola ticket.