Riksgränsen Banked Slalom became an instant classic already after it’s first year.
2013 they had 60 dedicated snowboarders competing in what some would define as “the art of turning". No jumps, no spins, no rails, just you, your board and your ability to carve and keep the speed through a course with 22 banked curves.
Year two, 2014 they had 151 people competing from 7 different nations with the age span from 9- 57. The last years they’ve seen an evolution of new boards dedicated to turning and more clips of "carve tricks" emerge in the social media feeds. Riksgränsen Banked Slalom is a part of that movement.
Their ambition with the Riksgränsen Banked Slalom is to celebrate and enjoy snowboarding in it’s purest form. They do it where several chapters of snowboarding most prominent history has been written. Even though everyone competes against each other the screams of stoke and warm smiles fill the air around the competition. There’s no sour faces or bad mouthing, just a collective high that fuels the event. The course is located under the main chair lift which gives you a great view over all the turns.
In addition to the competition they present a retrospective photo exhibition about Riksgränsen and its snowboarding history. They bring generations of snowboarders together in a unique way. For some it’s their first time back since they we’re kids in the 90’s, others bring their kids to experience the light and the atmosphere with them, but most of us see this as something that speaks to their soul as snowboarders. The Riksgränsen Banked Slalom is a melting pot for Scandinavian snowboarding where they create new visions and resurrect old legends.
They move forward to their third year now, with a goal to make their guests visit better, grow the event with care and make sure that stoke’o meter for snowboarding is in the top.
"Banked slalom in Riks is so much fun,the terrain is great for snowboarding. With the help of a bunch of riders who know what’s up and know how to make a great course. Set on historical grounds this event is taking snowboarding into the 10’s in a righteous and truthful way. Come rain, come shine I hope diggers will keep digging and sun will keep blastin’!"
For more infos check their website http://www.riksbankedslalom.com/