By Rich Place
Snowboarding will be celebrated this weekend at Holiday Valley with a new event presented by The Boardroom.
The inaugural Boardroom Banked Slalom, a fun event that will allow for riders of all ages to take to the course, is scheduled for Sunday, March 4 on Holiday Valley’s Independence Run, ending at the base of Yodeler.
“It’s going to be a fun event and we’re really excited,” said Spencer Timkey of The Boardroom. “Holiday Valley is so good at hosting events and really making them pop.”
Some snowboarding fanatics may be familiar with the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom in Washington state, one of the country’s largest such events that has been held for more than 30 years. There are also similar events on the east coast in Vermont and West Virginia, for example.
“We wanted to do something to celebrate snowboarding, but also to create an event that would put Holiday Valley and The Boardroom on the map on the east coast,” Timkey said, noting Ellicottville’s location on the western edge of the east coast.
“We are going to try and draw some of those people to come to Ellicottville and say ‘this town is super cool, this shop is super cool and this resort is unbelievable, so we want to come back,’” he said.
The concept of the event is simple: allow snowboarders a course to slalom on large banks of snow, as the title suggests. It’ll be laid back with four divisions — men’s and women’s opens, grom (children 15 and younger) and OG (original gangster, or 35 and older).
“A mom and a dad and a son or daughter can ride,” Timkey said. “It can be a family thing.”
The course promises to be an attraction on its own.
“We are going to make this a really fun course,” Timkey said. “There are some things we are thinking of that are going to be really cool and to make it really fun and unique to Holiday Valley, but also safe enough so there is no issue of serious injury.”
Awards will be given to the top three in each of the four divisions, but Timkey said organizers are also going to have fun with the trophies — a molasses jar might go to the person with the slowest time or a helmet to the person with the best crash were some early ideas.
“It’s not just going to be winner takes all, and that’s the beauty,” Timkey said.
The event will also feature a pre-party at The Depot (across the street from the entrance to Holiday Valley Road at 6094 Route 219) on Saturday night, a post-party on the Champagne Sundeck and live DJs Tyler Swift and Obi One-Two.
There are discounted lift tickets for contestants. The entry fee is $25, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program. For more information and tickets, head to boardsandpowder.com or holidayvalley.com.