It’s Coming!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 6, 2012 2:30 am

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Tahoe has a big week coming up. We’ve got three major snowskate events going down. And, estimates are that there is going to be a huge turnout of snowskaters. So, if you want to mingle and compete with the best of the best, you better make it up for these events! This is what you’ve been saving your vacation time for! So, get out here!!!

Ralston Cup

The 5th Annual Ralston Cup is the sport’s biggest slopestyle/slalom event. It will be held at Sierra-at-Tahoe on March 10, 2012. Registration will be at the Aspen Cafe between 8AM and 9AM, it’s only $15 to enter and competitors are eligible for a discounted ticket price of $40. There will be 4 divisions: Junior (15 and Under), Women, Amateur (15 and over), and Pro Open.

If you don’t snowskate but you would like to be a spectator, this might be the best event of the year for you to do it! We’ve got many of the best snowskaters coming from all over the country to compete! To see the top-level of snowskating right here in Tahoe, you’ll need to bring your skis or snowboard and purchase a lift ticket at Sierra-at-Tahoe ($77). The event will be held on Upper Main run so you can stop by and watch, take a few runs, and then return for the final judging!

Bonser Pipeline

The Bonser Pipeline is the most insane backyard snowskate session. Snowskater Pat Bonser works relentlessly to maintain his backyard snowskate park up until and throughout the event. The Bonser Pipeline will serve as a hub for snowskaters for the weekend. There is likely to be sessioning going on day and night – any time there is not a competition in progress. A donation of $10 will get you a rad shirt and access to the keg on Sunday March 11th!

This is an invitational event, but if you want an invite, all you really have to do is contact any snowskater to ask where it is held. Unless you are a real creep, they’ll tell you where the goods are.  Click here to see last year’s set up.

Minus 7 Melee

The Minus 7 Melee will be on March 17th, 2012 beginning at 10AM at Donner Ski Ranch. Registration is from 8:30AM to 9:30AM. Leashes and helmets are required. $40 covers the cost of your lift ticket and registration. The event will feature Skatercross, Slopestyle, and Barefoot Downhill competitions.  Prizes up for grabs include cash and lots of swag!

I love this event because the vibe is so mellow, and Donner Ski Ranch is a super awesome host.


Please note: The Kirkwood Banked Slalom has been rescheduled from March 11th to April 21st. Fear not, the Bonser Pipeline will be raging in full effect on Sunday, March 11th!

Big thanks to all the resorts that allow snowskates and host events!