Vans event a success
They came, they saw and they went – big.
Eight days, 30 podium finishes and $200,000 in prize money after the Ford Ranger North American Championships of Snowboarding started at Sierra-at-Tahoe, the finals for the Vans G-Shock Triple Crown of Snowboarding ended. The event wrapped a mini-season of competition on Monday with the finals for the men’s and women’s halfpipe events.
“Even with all the difficulties and weather delays we had all week, we managed to pull off a pretty darn impressive contest,” said Ryan Snyder of event promoter SNL Communications.
The North American Championships represented the final stop for the three-event Triple Crown series, which started in December in Breckenridge, Colo. The Sierra stop consisted of make-up big air and snowboard cross events – postponed from the second Triple Crown, in January at Mount Seymour, British Columbia – as well as the snowboard cross, slopestyle, and halfpipe on Sierra’s original schedule. After the final day of competition, officials had awarded all the prize money for the series, as well as a Ford Ranger pickup and a free trip to Hawaii for the men’s and women’s overall winners, Ross Powers and Ine Poetzl.
The weather that moved the snowboard cross ahead and delayed the final big air events and final halfpipe didn’t faze spectators. Snyder estimated between 10,000 to 15,000 came out during the week to watch.
“From a spectator’s point of view, it’s definitely one of the best crowds we’ve had for a Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding event,” Snyder said.
This was the third year the Triple Crown stopped at Sierra. At least from the promoter’s point of view, that relationship has been a boon.
“We’ve established a relationship with the mountain,” Snyder said. “It just works out better that way. Everybody knows what their responsibilities are, and that’s what happened.”
Highlights of the week’s competition air March 21 at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
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