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Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom 2013

Hey friends,

Just had another life-affirming weekend at the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom. It was a great event, as always, but this year brought back a lot of legends and the great weather made for one of those really memorable banked slalom weekends.

Sorry I didn't shoot a picture of everyone I saw. Thanks so much to Chris Fulton for the floor, Kelly Jo for getting so many folks back together (to honour the ten year anniversary of Craig's passing,) the Howat family who continue to write the book on how to run not just a contest, but an event worthy of being called legendary, all the nice folks I got to ride with, share a drink with, meet for the first time or the fiftieth time, ride a chair with or get a hug from, and Tony Welch for the photo!

I come from a small family, but when I get to Baker I know my family is massive.


Dirksen is awesome.

The wonderful Megan Pischke

Not to be confused with David Pitschi!

Lucas Debari concentrates before his run.

Colin D. Watt entertains. Constantly.

Curtis Ciszek about to drop in.

Javas, Kelly Jo and Josh

Josh Carrigan

Tony Welch made me a photo. Such an awesome surprise.

Chris Brunkhart was way happier than he looks.

More Rosen. Can you ever have too much Rosen...

Galbraith got to show "The Walrus Dreams," which is nice.

The inimitable Pat Bridges always drops a little nugget that blows me away. "So you assisted Guy Motil on that Sims shoot at Bachelor in 92 right?" Actually, yep, that's true.

Nat Langmann on the job.

Waylon Edwards made the cut.

My big brother with Jamie.

Two class acts; Britt Berg and Jane Mauser. Those are good people right there.

Happy Haakon about to drop in gets a little heckle from Seoane.

Terje takes off.

Dirksen peaks out of the hut.

Seoane, Bob Klein and Ed Segovia at Elmer fest.

Wanna know a secret? I was rooting for Temple.

Black and white

Nicolas Müller crossing the line

Bridges and Galbraith watching some racers form. Is that Temple?

Casual Jamie style. He hooted back at the peanut gallery.

Garry, Jeff Fulton and Chris Owen have the camo going on, and Todd Schlosser is awesome.

Barrett Christy; always fast and pure class.

Garry and Owen's heads.

Aaaand they found B's head too.

Curtis Ciszek rails one.

After blowing out of the course higher up, Haakon made sure he had more fun than anyone else the rest of the way down.

Temple Cummins. Fast, smooth and awesome.

Garry was the faster one of the two of us this year. Time to get these city legs in shape for next year. Thanks Gwyn for letting us settle it on the hill.

Jeff Fulton passes the Craig Kelly award on to Jamie Lynn as Jeff Galbraith looks on.

An honour worthy of a legend like Jamie. The Craig Kelly Thunderbird award.

Shuksan says goodbye for another year.

Moments in time - Matt Goodwill

After trying for years Matt Goodwill finally won the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom in 1999. Matt was seriously one of the most exciting snowboarders to watch, but very few people ever got to see him in his element. He was a monster in big mountains and his high speed Alaska attack predated Johan Oloffson's reshaping of big mountain riding by several years. Interestingly snowboarding doesn't seem to pay him much attention or give him much credit, but in my mind he was one of the people who really rewrote the rules about how to ride the steeps.

When he won the Banked Slalom it was as inevitable as it was awesome. He looked almost relieved to finally check it off the list. He raised the ceremonial drum that was the trophy that year, and let out a native Washingtonian whoop that everyone there felt in their soul.

A great moment in snowboarding's history for sure for Steven's Pass's favourite son.

I always loved this photo but it never had a home.