[Terje on his way to winning the Masters division of last year’s Riks Banked Slalom. Photo: Sami Tuoriniemi]
May 11-14 2017 will once more see an army of riders make the pilgrimage to the snowboarding Mecca of Riksgränsen, Sweden, to reclaim the carve at the infamous Riks Banked Slalom… If you’re wanting to wrap up the winter in style at one of snowboarding’s most unique, iconic resorts, then book your spot. You won’t regret it.
The RBS is now in its fifth year, and has gone from a small gathering of 30 snowboarders to last year’s edition where there were way over 200 eager shredders frothing to pit their edge skills against the serpentine berms weaving down the Snobben off-piste area, just off the resort’s top lift.
There’s a beautiful simplicity to a contest with no jumps, no spins, no rails… just a you, your board and your ability to carve and keep the speed through a course with 22 banked curves. And it’s also something that anyone with a modicum of snowboarding ability – from kids to super pros – can get involved with together. It’s reasons like this that are behind the resurgence of banked slaloms in recent years, and the edition in Riks was not only one of the first to get back on the bandwagon, it’s also fortunate to call home a place that’s steeped in snowboarding history and, with near 24h light and set in a stark, Arctic landscape, unlike most other places you can snowboard in.