Throughout the past month, skiers and snowboarders have descended upon Kirkwood and Alpine Meadows to compete in the first two stops of the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour.The four-stop tour will now swing through Squaw Valley this Saturday and Sunday before concluding at Sugar Bowl with the Silver Belt Banzai and Super Final on March 9-10.“Notable athletes from across the country have been traveling in to compete in the Banzai Tour, making this year’s race more than just a local’s competition,” said race founder Daron Rahlves, a 12-time World Cup winner, four-time Olympian and Sugar Bowl ski ambassador. “I’ll be pitted up against some great racers at my home mountain for the Super Final, and I’m excited to give it my all.”Rahlves is the reigning champion of the Super Final. This year he’ll take on John Bochenek, winner of the Kirkwood tour stop, and Jesse Maddex, winner of the Alpine Meadows stop, as well as the men’s ski winners from the Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl events in a one-run, winner-takes-all race worth $10,000.Friday night before the Squaw Valley stop, competing athletes, sponsors, media and special guests are invited to the event kick-off, “Rahlves’ Banzai Welcome Party,” from 5-7 p.m. at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats in downtown Truckee. 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 from 3-6 p.m. at Sierra Vista Bar for the “Rahlves’ Banzai Aprs Party” thrown by High Fives Foundation. One dollar from each Sierra Nevada beer and Red Bull drink purchased throughout the aprs party will be donated to High Fives. During the aprs party, Rahlves will recognize the Bank of the West “fastest qualifier” and fastest times from each division, as well as announce the winners of the High Fives raffle with sponsor prizes.For more information or to register to race, go to www.rahlvesbanzai.com.
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