[Nicolas Müller blasts down the Sudden Rush Banked Slalom’s berms. Photos: Cyril Mueller]
Despite heavy snow, Nicolas Müller & Terje Haakonsen’s banked slalom in Laax last weekend was a great success…
This weekend the Sudden Rush Banked Slalom LAAX 2016 went down in LAAX, Switzerland, for the second time. Hosted by Nicolas Müller and Terje Haakonsen this special event brought together snowboarders of all generations and different riding styles conjuring a smile on hundred’s faces. The shapers had prepared a challenging course nearby Crap Masegn for 251 participating riders coming from ten countries, three continents, aged between 6 and 60. Current park riders met boardercross-, slalom- and halfpipe-champs from the last millennium, juniors wowed the pros, and freeriders turned out as speed experts. Deep of winter for the adults’ race on Saturday was followed by bluebird on Sunday for the juniors and fakie part.
Beside the competitions LAAX offered a perfect powder world to all of them. Flags in red and blue amid the big big white – that was the “tricolor-view” for the 211 registered competitors, who – despite the heavy weather circumstances with nonstop snowfall on Saturday – were ready in the start-gates for the one and counting run and for this challenge in a real banked course. Right-left, left-right, pushing from one banked turn to the other, keeping the orientation, feeling the flow and finally, after 39 gates, passing the finish line. Passion and competitive spirit were mixed with fun and style.
To name only a few, there was the easy going style by Jose Fernandes (Super Masters), the dancing around the gates style with Peter Bauer (Grand Masters), the fashion style by PI Pascal Imhof (Masters) and the team spirit style by the Snowpark LAAX and Pleasure Mag crew. Using every single turn to speed up the course, the performance was perfected by Terje Haakonsen, Paul Lambersens and Stephan Maurer, the podium of the Pro men category.