It's the final stop for the only open big mountain snowboarding competition at Snowbird's Westy Baldy from April 12 - 14.
The North Face Masters of Snowboarding returns to the Wasatch for its fifth year after first hitting Crystal Mountain and Kirkwood. Snowboarders will take on both competitors and the challenging Little Cottonwood terrain itself. According to the North Face website, this competition "provides an opportunity for both established and up-and-coming riders to put together a winning run during two days of cutthroat competition."
This competition was originally planned for January, but was pushed to April since mountain conditions weren't ripe for competition. Thanks to some of the late spring snow, Snowbird is ready for the athletes and some intense riding.
Prizes for snowboarders total up to $50,000 with the winning man and woman also receiving the Katana Sword -- a big time prize for big mountain snowboarders. Though competitors must be over 18 to compete, there is also a Young Gun Award for a strong performing athlete under the age of 21. The tour champions will be decided in Snowbird as it is the final stop.
So far, women stealing the top spots include Casey Lucas and local Shannan Yates. For the men, it will be a tight battle between Tim Carson and Sammy Luebke to see who takes the Katana Sword home.
Spectators are more than welcome to attend, but you must have ski or snowboard gear to get to the watching area. The Masters will also be broadcasted live on the North Face website.
“Today’s riders are redefining what is possible—they’re taking the tricks and skills learned in the terrain parks to the Big Mountain environment,” said Joe Flannery, Vice President of Marketing for The North Face. “As a company that was born in the mountains, we’re excited to see today’s brightest snowboarding stars with a venue that celebrates what they do.”