Banked slaloms rule. They’re accessible to every level of rider, they bring together riders from multiple generations and they’re a perfect throwback to snowboarding’s humble beginnings.
The Sudden Rush banked slalom in Laax was conceived a few years back by Terje Haakonsen and Nicolas Müller, and we hope that this 2017 edition was the third of many more to come.
With the help of Laax’s legendary snowpark crew, Terje and Nico had hand-shaped what Haakonsen described before the race began as one of the most ‘technically challenging’ courses he’d ridden to date. And he wasn’t lying.
With some near vertical banks that (almost) resembled the walls of Laax’s record-breaking superpipe, and some incredibly tight and compression-riddled turns, this course certainly presented a challenge for all who dared hurl themselves down it…