What: If you haven’t registered yet for the Legendary Banked Slalom snowboard race, you are too late. However, this event is about more than the race. It’s a celebration of snowboarding history and the road it traveled to become a mainstream sport. In addition to watching some of the best boarders in the Northwest race down a natural half-pipe, you also can check out the rest of Baker’s killer terrain.
Where: Mount Baker Ski Area
Getting there: From Interstate 5, take state Route 542 east from Bellingham to its terminus at the ski resort.
Cost: The banked slalom is free to watch. Lift tickets cost $52, $38 youth (ages 7-15), $45.50 seniors (60-69), $30.50 super seniors (70 and older), ages 6 and younger and fifth graders are admitted free.
Also: The Legendary Banked Slalom is the nation’s oldest snowboard race. In 2005, Seattle-based Flying Spot Entertainment released “Platinum,” a movie about the Legendary Banked Slalom. You can watch the six-minute trailer for the movie at platinumthe movie.com.
Craig Hill, email@example.com