Spring time in Alberta means two things – The closing out of snowboard season, and the start of motorcycle season. For the past 3 years I have combined the two into one awesome day trip to Sunshine Village in Banff. Leaving Edmonton at 6:00 AM on a motorcycle, in May can really be a gamble in terms of the weather. This year it was sunny, but only +4 degrees . . . thank goodness for heated jackets and heated grips. The ride to Banff was easy – sticking mostly to the main highway, but opting to take the Old Coach Road once I reached Cochrane, just to take in the awesome scenery. Once at Sunshine it was time to change out of bike gear and into snow gear. There were a few strange looks in the parking lot, but I was changed and on the Gondola in no time. The snow was amazing. Great coverage and the hill might as well have been totally empty. I took several runs with out seeing another person the whole way down. The ski out was open to the Goats Eye Station – so of course I had to take that down. Then it was a reverse process to get back into moto gear for the ride home. Back down the Old Coach Road to Cochrane, where I then took random gravel roads to just north and west of Red Deer. I was having fun on gravel roads – but also avoiding a huge rain storm the was tracking right over the main highway north. Arriving home at 9:15 PM – 15 hours and 15 minutes after I left (and 934 km later) – It was great to be home. Put the bike in the garage, had a shower, and went to sleep – – truly a great day. If you ever have the idea to go on some sort of adventure – do it!
The 30th Annual Easy Rider Snowboard Cup – presented by Burton – was AWESOME. Panorama built us an amazing course – and mother nature more or less cooperated with nice weather. 345 competitors took part in the event, which is the second largest turn out in history. Our suppliers once again “stepped up” with over $60,000.00 worth of draw prizes. Thank you! And of course we can’t forget Lester Quitzau playing on the deck Sunday afternoon before the awards. All in all it was a great weekend – and I would like to especially Thank my Family, Staff and Friends that volunteered so much of their time to make sure we all had a FUN weekend. See you next year at Number 31. 30th Easy Rider Snowboard Cup RESULTS
Burton Snowboards presents 30th Annual Easy Rider Snowboard Cup. April 1 & 2, 2017 Panorama, BC 2017 marks the 30th year for the Easy Rider Snowboard Cup. It is the longest running snowboard contest in Canada and now the SECOND longest in North America (only behind the Burton US Open). It is FUN event designed so that snowboarders of all ages and abilities can take part and have a great time. The events are a Banked Slalom (one run through the course each day), and a Snowskate event on Saturday evening. The entry fee is $30.00 for Early Registration – in person – in store prior – to March 24, 2017. (cash only) NOTE – WE ARE LIMITING ENTRY TO 200 COMPETITORS ONLY. REGISTER NOW! ON HILL entry is $40.00 (cash only) and will be available: FRIDAY, March 31 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Great Hall at Panorama. SATURDAY, April 1 – 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM in the Great Hall at Panorama. SUNDAY, April 2 – 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM in the Great Hall at Panorama. This gets you entry into ALL the events during the weekend, an event T-Shirt, discounted lift tickets and accommodations, and entry into the draw prizes on Sunday afternoon. Early Registration is now open at the store – Cash Only, and you must have a parent sign the waiver if you are under 18. **Note** – there will be a special draw prize of a snowboard – for Pre Registered competitors. Schedule of events: FRIDAY On Hill Registration – Friday, March 31 – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Great Hall at Panorama. SATURDAY Late Registration – Saturday, April 1 – 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM in the Great Hall at Panorama. Racer Meeting at Top of Course (Loose Moose run) 10:00 AM First Run of Banked Slalom – 10 :00 AM – All Day Saturday. Snowskate Evening – 5:00 PM on the Magic Carpet lift at the Village base. Snowskate demos will be available to use for Free. SUNDAY Late Registration – Sunday, April 2 – 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM in the Great Hall at Panorama. Second Run of Banked Slalom – 9:30 AM – Last run at 2:00 PM Awards – 2:30 PM on the deck of the Great Hall. **Note** – to be eligible eligible for the draw prizes – you must take both runs in the Banked Slalom. There are discounted accommodations as well as discounted lift tickets for competitors. Scroll down for accommodations sheet – and make sure you mention the “Easy Rider Snowboard Cup” when you call in for reservations.