Friday, January 13, 2012

Dollar hosts Rail Jam with Wallisch Saturday

Banked slalom Sunday on Baldy

     Two crowd-pleasing and unique events Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 should add spice to what appears to be another sunny and cold January weekend at Sun Valley Resort.

     Freeskier Magazine’s Skier of the Year and the No. 1-ranked slopestyler of the year in 2009, Tom Wallisch of SCOTT Sports is coming to Sun Valley to judge Saturday’s Tom Wallisch Fantasy Rail Competition on DollarMountain.

     Registration is from 9-11 a.m. with poster signing from 10-11 a.m. and the rail jam itself from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

     Wallisch, 24, originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. and now from Park City, Utah, migrated to the University of Utah and exploded on the scene three years ago. Known as The Pretzel Man and King of Afterbang, he enjoyed success on the Dew Tour and Winter X Games in his big air and slopestyle disciplines.


Banked slalom Sunday

     The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Snowboard Team is staging its first-ever Baldy Banked Slalom race on Sunday, Jan. 15 in the old Warm Springs halfpipe.

     Open to all snowboarders, the event will include snowboard team racers as well as the coaches who are helping to organize the event as well as taking a few tries themselves.

     It will feature a series of banked turns and a chance to race against the clock.

     There will be three spots to the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom (the world’s oldest snowboard event) on the line, plus prizes from Smith, Board Bin and Power House.

     Head Shred Andy Gilbert said, “We are encouraging all of you to participate in the fun, and that really is what this event will be about—fun. Get ready to feel the burms!”

     Registration is from 7-9 a.m. Sunday at Apple's Bar and Grill located at the bottom of Baldy’s Lower Warm Springs run. The event is free. Proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to benefit the SVSEF Snowboard Team.

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