Rahlves' Bonzai Tour returns to Lake Tahoe once again. The highly anticipated winter-sports competition has just announced the dates for its 2013 tour.
Named after the 12-time World Cup winner, X-Games Gold Medalist and four-time Olympic Skier Daron Rahlves, the competition is a mix between freeski and ski/boarder cross. The tour builds upon the legacy of The Silver Belt Races held at Sugar Bowl Resort in the 1940’s. The Rahlves' Banzai Tour, which was established in 2009, pays homage to these past competitions.
The tour will span four weeks with some of Tahoe's most popular ski destinations headlining the bill. Kirkwood's Wall Banzai will host the first weekend of competition on February 2-3, 2013. Alpine Meadows' Face Banzai will be the stop for week two on February 9-10, 2013, and Squaw Valley's KT-22 Banzai will serve as week three's destination on March 2-3, 2013. The final tour stop is slated for March 9-10, 2013, and will take place on Sugar Bowl's Silver Belt Banzai.
Competitors during the first three stops will battle for a $15,000 prize purse. Those who make it to the finale at Sugar Bowl will be in the running for a $35,000 prize purse.
Skiers and snowboarder 18 year older and up are invited to sign up and put their big mountain racing skills to the test! The format consists of solo timed runs on Saturday. The times recorded will be used to rank the top 32 men ski/board and top 16 women ski/board, who will then go on to part
icipate in the finals on Sunday. The head-to-head portion of each stop pits four competitors against each other racing at the same time, with the top two in each round advancing. Once the field of competition has been whittled down to a remaining four, the grand finale will take place to see who will go home with the 2013 title, and big payday.
Points are earned at all events and added up to crown male and female ski and snowboard Overall Banzai Champions.
Quite possibly the coolest part about the Rahlves' Banzai Tour is the involvement and constant presence of the man-himself — Daron Rahlves. On top of organizing and making operation decisions, Daron makes a point to have a presence at each tour stop. The world-renowned skier mingles with attendees, and even takes a qualifying timed run to get into the mix at each mountain stop. Then during the “Super Final” at his home resort Sugar Bowl, the “Banzai Master” will go head-to-head against the tours top five men for an extra bonus of $10,000.
Fans are invited to attend all of the race stops for a guaranteed good time. Those that are unable to make it out to Lake Tahoe will be able to watch all of the action via Rahlves Banzai Tour Facebook page, RahlvesBanzai Twitter, a Rahlves Banzai mobile app, live Sunday Finals radio coverage on 101.5FM Truckee Tahoe Radio and video coverage from Tahoe TV.