Rahlves Banzai Tour is back, showcasing racing in its purest form of four at a time going head-to-head over natural terrain in ski and boarder-cross style action.The 2013 dates for the annual have been announced, with tour stops, pre and aprs parties spanning four weekends from Feb. 2 through March 10 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl Resort.“There is no other race like this in the world,” Rahlves said. “Last year’s low tide conditions forced new routes down each venue and produced exciting competition and a great show for spectators.I was impressed with the competitors’ attitude and level of commitment. What’s so unique about this race is every day ripper’s line up against pro level athletes and have a shot at the title of Rahlves’ Banzai Champ. It’s a competition among competitors, but ultimately it’s against the mountain.”When the gate drops, it’s on as four competitors battle it out for the holeshot and an early lead. Tactics, skill, strength and calculated risk are put to the test attacking terrain and skied out snow conditions found at any resort off the groomed runs.The final stop on the tour at Sugar Bowl Resort, where the race originated, will feature the Super Finalin which Rahlves, a former World Champion, 12-time World Cup winner, X-Games Gold Medalist and four-time Olympic skier, will race against the four men’s skiing division winners from each stop on this year’s tour. This grand finale will not disappoint, as it provides the only opportunity during the tour to witness Rahlves putting his technical skills and all out effort to the test against the crowned winners of the tour who will be vying to beat Rahlves and to take home the title of “Banzai Master” with a cash prize of $10,000, winner takes all.Friday night before each tour stop, competing athletes, sponsors, media and special guests are invited to the event kickoff, “Rahlves’ Banzai Welcome Party. The location will be announced closer to the event dates. On Saturday after the solo qualifying timed runs to seed Sunday’s Finals and heats of four, all competing athletes, sponsors, media and fans are invited to celebrate all things Banzai at the 3-6 p.m. Rahlves’ Banzai Aprs Party thrown by High Fives Foundation, a Truckee-based nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. A portion of the proceeds from Sierra Nevada beers purchased throughout the evening and raffle prizes will be donated to High Fives.Competitors aged 18 and up are encouraged to start polishing up on their schussing big mountain skills and get ready to enter the men’s and women’s ski and snowboard divisions for the tour.
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