Bryan Fox feels the berm in Baker. All photos: Jon Weaver
For over 30 years the Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt Baker has been the Holy Grail of snowboard events. With nothing but a shonky handmade trophy up for grabs, it’s a soulful glimmer of hope amongst a wasteland of competitive confusion.
Despite decades spent making snowboarding his life, Jon Weaver had never made it to the hallowed slopes of Washington State. Until now…
I’ve been very lucky in snowboarding. No messing around there. I’ve managed to blag my way onto trips, have worked with some amazing brands, and have ridden and worked alongside some of the most amazing people you could wish to meet. I’ve also had my fair share of misfortune in terms of injuries, but to be honest the majority were my fault for not keeping myself healthy or in check enough when riding.
Somehow thus far, I’ve never made it to Mt Baker and the Legendary Banked Slalom, despite the fact that it’s long been on my bucket list. It’s one of those events that has shaped snowboarding, and the wonderful culture we have within it. Along with the Innsbruck Air + Style (back when it was in the Bergisel Stadium), The US Open (when it was in Stratton, Vermont) and the Burton European Open (now the Laax Open), it’s one of four events which have the wonderful mixture of being an amazing event, a flagship of snowboarding culture, and a gathering of some of the most amazing riders in the world.