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Banked Slalom comes to East Coast: Ross Powers Wins it at Sugarloaf Banked Slalom comes to East Coast: Ross Powers Wins it at Sugarloaf

Seth Wescott finishes third in inaugural event and Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Powers wins first ever Sugarloaf Banked Slalom

Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Powers charged to victory in the first ever Sugarloaf Banked Slalom on March 19, 2011 in Carrabasset Valley, Maine, topping a field of 141 riders, including two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott. Powers, a 2002 Olympic gold medal winner from Okemo, VT, finished the race in 1 minute, 18.36 second, just under five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, 36 year-old Kevin McMahon of Stratton, VT, who posted a time of 1.23.32. Wescott, who lives at Sugarloaf and helped to organize the event and build the course, finished the race in third place with a time of 1.24.02.

The Sugarloaf Banked Slalom is based on the model of the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, and is a snowboard-only, open registration event, which allows snowboarders young and old to compete against snowboarding legends on a winding course of banked turns down Sugarloaf’s storied terrain. “The banked slalom is something that we’ve thought would be a great fit for Sugarloaf for a long time,” Wescott said. “The Mt Baker Legendary Banked Slalom is a truly unique event, and brings snowboarding back to its roots. The race is a perfect fit for Sugarloaf, and it was an incredible experience to be able to race in a banked slalom here at my home mountain.”

The race features five different age categories for both men and women, with prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category. The age categories are 14-and-under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, and 40 plus. Registration will be capped at 100 riders. The Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom is widely considered to be the first organized snowboard competition, and it eventually gave birth to the sport of snowboardcross. Wescott has won the only two Olympic gold medals ever awarded in snowboardcross.

The event was sponsored by K2 Snowboards, Bern Helmets, Bolle, and Team Eight Snowboards.

Mark McMorris lands first backside triple cork 1440Mark McMorris lands first backside triple cork 1440
Snowboarder Mark McMorris, from Regina, Canada and who learned the ropes riding for Max Henault's O'Neill Snowboard Team and now riding for Burton, has landed the first-ever backside triple cork 1440 at a TransWorld Snowboarding shoot, called "The Park Session," at Snowmass, Colo., on March 2, according to
See the Mark McMorris interview at the US Open 2011 where he came in 2nd in Slopestyle.

Leading the progession in spins besides McMorris is Sebastien Toutant, riding for O'Neill. Torstein Horgmo, and Sage Kotsenberg are pushing spin progression bigtime as well as Kevin Jones, laying it down in the backcountry. Click these links to see interviews.

Shaun White Drops OUT of U.S. Open 2011Shaun White Drops OUT of U.S. Open 2011

ESPN March 7, 2011 Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Shaun White will not compete at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Stratton, VT., this week, because he requires foot surgery.

The timing for the announcement is "unusual" says snowboard journalist and internet entrepreneur Lauren Traub Teton of SnowboardSecrets.TV and other sites. "Shaun is a hero of progression and the halfpipe, the idol who has brought snowboarding to the mainstream population. He has more to lose than gain competing in the Open, after winning it 3 times already and owning two Olympic Golds. We know that Shaun is out to win and if he can't be sure of a win, he would rather not play. We wish him successful recovery and look forward to seeing him fly high again on the boards soon! He is one of the most exciting snowboarders to watch ever" says Ms.Teton.

Shaun White videos here on SnowboardSecrets.TV.

US Open of Snowboarding 2011 Schedule & 2010 Interviews, Scotty Lago, Peetu Piiroinen, Kazu, and more.US Open of Snowboarding 2011 Schedule & 2010 Interviews, Scotty Lago, Peetu Piiroinen, Kazu, and more.
The Burton US Open 2011 of snowboarding goes down starting Monday March 6 and culminates on Friday March 11 with the Slopestyle Competition and Saturday for the Halfpipe Comp. Friday night at 6 the Rail Jam practice starts AT THE MAIN STRATTON BASE NOT THE SUNBOWL with the main event from 7:15- 8:45. 9 to 10 after awards there will be an outdoor show at the Main base. The last time we partied at the main base at the Open it was for the Big Air Competitions like in 2007. See what fun we had at the 2007 US Open. I believe that was the first one Shaun White won and there was a super party that night that you'll see here.

Details on the 2011 US Open here .

Sugarloaf Chairlift Cable Falls off Tower December 28, 2010Sugarloaf Chairlift Cable Falls off Tower December 28, 2010
Good Morning America on ABC News brings us this video about the chairlift accident that sent 8 people to the hospital on December 28, 2010 Read the latest update of the details that preceded the accident and what occurred here.

2 Die on Wyoming Slopes after Deadly Collision on Christmas Eve2 Die on Wyoming Slopes after Deadly Collision on Christmas Eve
ABC News reports - In a tragic Christmas Eve event that could generate new awareness around the importance of ski and snowboard safety, 5-year-old Elsie Johnson and 23-year-old Craig Shirley died after a collision on the slopes at Hogadon Ski Area in Casper, more... Accompanying video is generic about reckless skiing and snowboarding and not specifically about this collision.