2016 Valdez Banked

2016 Crude x Tailgate Valdez Banked Slalom

Words / Cody Liska

Photos / Sebastian Garber, TJ Lester, Pirmin Wey


The 2nd Annual Crude x Tailgate Alaska Banked Slalom went off! Darian Draper took 1st in the Pro class. Morgan Hebert took 2nd. And Shin Biyajima came in 3rd. Jacob Focht took 1st in Older AMs. Brise Lively took 1st in AMs. Sunny Hamilton took 1st in Women's. And Rydor McCune took it for the Valdez class. Huge thank you to all the competitors and everyone behind the scenes: Dustin Huebner, Sebastian Garber, TJ Lester, Bryan Flynn, Pirmin Wey, Darian Draper, Andy Swenson for 29 bumps to the top of the course, Sean Wisner at Alaska Avalanche Information Center for keeping everyone safe and Mark Sullivan at Tailgate for announcing and allowing us to have such a rad event! See you next year at Tailgate 10. 


And a huge thank you to all the sponsors this year: Winterstick, Lib Tech, Homeschool, Nitro, One Ball Jay, Never Summer, Smith, Da Kine, K2, 49th Supply Co.