Big turnout for popular banked slalom

Annual Neil Edgeworth event draws 230 snowboarders

A competitor cruises down the course during last weekend's Neil Edgeworth banked slalom race at Big White

A competitor cruises down the course during last weekend's Neil Edgeworth banked slalom race at Big White

Last weekend was a huge weekend on the slopes at Big White Ski Resort as the 14th  Annual Neil Edgeworth Banked Slalom event brought out over 230 riders from near and far.

An all-snowboarding event, the Neil Edgeworth Banked Slalom began in 1987 as the Inland banked slalom.  In 1997 Neil Edgeworth was killed tragically by an avalanche in France, and the event was named after him. It is one of the oldest running banked slaloms in North America, and has become a gathering of friends and pro riders from all over the continent.

This year’s turnout was huge. Among the over 230 riders that came out to participate, the youngest rider was just eight-years-old and the oldest came in at a fresh 62 years of age.

Day one on Saturday saw some good weather which helped produce some of the fastest times in the Pro Division. Last year’s defending Champion in the Pro Men Division, Derek Winterman of Port Coquitlam was only 1-100th of a second behind Mark Fawcett to finish second. Fawcett, a Nelosn native, had the fastest time on Saturday and had the privilege to wear the yellow jersey for the evening.

The weather on Sunday was more of a challenge but all 230 riders gave it their all in all eight  divisions. When the smoke cleared on Sunday Fawcett remained on top of the Men’s Pro Division with his fast run on Saturday standing up.

Carly Thorp of Nakusp finished on top in the Women’s Pro Division.

Following the event there was a huge banquet held at the Happy Valley day lodge with over $10,000 in prizes going out to top places.

“Although the prize money is a great win, everyone’s favorite prizes are still Mrs. Edgeworth’s hand-made scarves,” said Flynn Seddon, Big White’s director of terrain parks. “This event truly does hold a place in snowboard history and represents the true spirit of the sport.”

Here are the top finishing local riders in their divisions.

Pro Female

5. Kelsey Galt

 

Pro Male

3. Carl Cowtan

11. Dustin Ferris

 

14 & Under Female

1. Mica Bot

2. Kayla Shepard

3. Carleigh Quiring

 

14 & Under Male

2. Isaac Cormack

3. Hunter Sitar

4. Ben Cousins

5. Nic Cousins

 

15 to 18 Female

2. Ava Murovec

3. Mary Epp

4. Rachel Truant

 

15 to 18 male

1. Clinton Pederson

4. Read Keaton

 

19 to 34 Female

1. Nicole Rodger

2. Stephanie Haines

3. Ellen Skinner

 

19 to 34 Male

2. Craig Tomlinson

11. Doug Treadgold

 

35 to 44 Female

2. Jacinta Adam

3. Tiffany Fowler

 

35 to 44 Male

1. Scott Smeltzer

2. Flynn Seddon

3. Adam Lee

 

45 and Over Female

1. Janet Stiles

2. Nada Critchlow

 

45 to 49 Male

2. Doug Lundgren

3. James Belch

 

50 and Over Male

1. Don Lott

3. Doug Truant

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