1/9/2013 12:45:00 PM
WITH A FAMILY of mountain goats peeking in from above Castle Rock, the 2nd Annual Smash Life Banked Slalom was held this past Saturday (Jan. 5th). Coming into its 2nd year, the event was held in memory of Aaron Robinson a native Montanan snowboarder who always dreamed of providing an opportunity for under privileged kids to experience the joys of snowboarding. In tribute to his dream, all proceeds from the event benefit the A-Rob Plant a Seed Foundation which was created after Aaron’s untimely passing.
Lead by local organizer Shane Stalling, the banked slalom course was assembled the few days prior to the event with the assistance of the Big Sky Terrain Park Crew and volunteers. It featured banked turns that were larger than the year before with an added straight line to the finish. The day of the race featured eighty-five registered contestants ranging from a junior’s class for the groms to a masters class for the 40 and over crowd. The course was fast and everyone rode hard which made for an exciting event to watch.
After the race, everyone reconvened for an après awards ceremony, raffle and movie screening of A-Rob’s movie brain child, Of Life and Love. Then later that evening, The Riot Act rocked the house at the Scissorbills after party in front of a rowdy crowd of race participants that even the goats on ridge would attest to.
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