14th Annual Neil Edgeworth Banked Slalom
It was a big weekend up here on the slopes at Big White Ski Resort it was the 14th Annual Neil Edgeworth Banked Slalom! This all-snowboarding event began in 1987 as the Inland banked slalom. In 1997 Neil Edgeworth was killed tragically by an avalanche in France, and the event was named after him. This is one of the oldest running banked slaloms in North American, and has become a gathering of friends and pro riders from all over the continent.
There was an awesome turn out this year with over 230 riders that came out to participate, the youngest rider there being 8 years old and the oldest coming in at 62.
Saturday had some good weather which helped produce some of our fastest times in the Pro Divisions. Last year’s defending Champion in the Pro Men Division, Derek Winterman’s was only 1-100th of a second behind Mark Fawcett to finish 2nd. Mark Fawcett had the fastest time of 01:18:82 on Saturday and had the privilege to wear the yellow jersey for the evening! Carly Thorp had a killer first run on Saturday to top the leader board in the Pro Women’s Division with a time of 01:24.63.
The weather on Sunday was more of a challenge but all 230 riders gave it their all in all 8 divisions. When the smoke cleared on Sunday Mark Fawcett remained on top of the Men’s Pro Division with his Saturdays run and Carly Thorp finished on top in the Women’s Pro Division.
There was a huge banquet held in our very own Happy Valley day lodge on Sunday evening with over $10000 in prizes going out to top places. “Although the prize money is a great win, everyone’s favorite prizes are still Mrs. Edgeworth’s hand-made scarves. This event truly does hold a place in snowboard history and represents the true spirit of the sport!” Said Flynn Seddon, Direct of Terrain Parks.
Big White Ski Resort
March 27, 2011