2009 Legendary Mount Baker Banked Slalom
Another Year, Another Duct Tape Roll for Temple
The first weekend in February the Northwest Snowboards crew headed up to Mt Baker for another epic race weekend. Although there wasn’t any fresh snow this year, the conditions were for the most part clear and sunny. For the qualifying race on Friday there was a bit of fog and snow, more typical Baker conditions for this time of year, but by Saturday the weather had cleared out and full on sunshine was back again.
The entire Cummins clan was there as well as long time Tacoma shop employee and racer Matt Levens. Matt, Mike, and Temple all raced as they have for the past twenty-some years.
The course this year was challenging to say the least. The lack of snowfall in the Pacific Northwest this year led to an extra deep natural half pipe which led to some serious banks! Coverage was minimal and by Sunday there were quite a few holds on the race so “repairs” (i.e. shoveling snow to cover poking rocks) could be made to the course.
Regardless of the conditions, good times were had by all. Well-known boarder cross racers such as Nate Holland, Olympic medalist Seth Wescott, and Grant Watanabe were there. Legendary snowboard icons Tom Burt and Rob Morrow also showed up. Representing some of the female pros were Victoria Jealouse and Tara Dakides.
Nate won the Pro Men division; Grant came in second, and within less than a second behind him came Temple in third place. Pretty impressive considering Temple is right behind guys who travel around doing races like this all the time. Way to go Temp!!
Gig Harbor native Forrest Burki, who rides for Northwest Snowboards, took home second place in the Older Amateur Men division. This was his first Banked Slalom win, which he was only hundredths of seconds from taking first place in. He came in only .28 seconds behind first place winner Craig Newbury. So close!!
Good times, good food, good music, and good friends to share the weekend with made this years’ race another unforgettable Legendary Banked Slalom.
Tom Burt – turn 4
Looking up at the top few gates