Quiksilver Banked Slalom @ The Know Show

The Know Show trade show took place in Vancouver last week. Grouse Park had the opportunity to host the shred industry crowd.

Working with Quiksilver, Grouse Mountain offered a unique event for all show attendees of Canada's biggest lifestyle trade show. The infamous banked slalom with a twist. The twist included a mandatory flat bar and rainbow rail built into the course itself. Not to mention the course was built in the forest next to The Cut and completely lit up by flood lights. The course was as fun as it was terrifying.

Top of the course.

Dropping in! Riders ready...well hopefully they are.

Probably one of the burliest burms we built, around a tree to step down left burm, all in the dark.

Probably one of the burliest burms we built, around a tree to step down left burm, all in the dark.

Quiksilver's very own Chris Rasam getting low and embracing the course all night long.

Quiksilver's very own Chris Rasam getting low and embracing the course all night long.

Pre-game pep talk

Pre-game pep talk

Racing chips.

Mandatory rainbow rail into the second section of the slalom. 

The course took about a week and half of endless designing and hand shaping. Course designers Liam Mullaly and James Frost, both with backgrounds in mountain biking and trail building on the North Shore's Fromme Mountain, took their experiences and knowledge and mapped out a pretty gnarly course in the snow. Everyone who dropped in had a good time and if you couldn't man up to the course, the Quik Park was in great shape to get laps with friends while catching the million dollar view that only Grouse can provide. We look forward to growing this event in the future.

Straight away burm  before the second section of the course.

Inside the 2nd section.

This picture really shows how the sections looks. very tight

The apres and awards took place in Altitudes Bistro where the Know Show and Quiksilver had more jugs of beer, nachos, and chicken wings then I have ever seen. When it came time to announce the winners people held their breath having heard that Whistler's Colin D Watt, after dropping in shirtless, had the fastest time. But he was disqualified for missing a gate in the tight section. The podium held some of BC's snowboarding royalty including the winner, 3 x Winter X Games Slopestyle finalist, Travis Williams, 2nd went to an unidentified Grouse Park Crew member and 3rd went to 1999 X Games Big Air gold medalist Kevin Sansalone.

- Marcus