words: Shane Stalling
photos: Dan Armstrong
The first stop of the 2015 A-Rob Smash Life Banked Slalom went down last week at Big Sky Resort under both sunny and snowy skies. 126 competitors from all over the US and Canada ranging from eight to fifty-six years old gathered at a new course location on Fremont’s Forest under the Southern Comfort lift to celebrate the life of Aaron Robinson and raise money for The A-Rob Plant a Seed Project.
The starting gate scene for Saturday’s qualifiers was, according to Lucas Debari, “real snowboarding.” Beers were drank, fireworks were set off, shit talking was plentiful and Aaron’s mother, Pam Robinson greeted everyone with her unforgettable personality. It was a good place to be and I am sorry if you missed out.
A-Rob loved to partyboard with his friends, so to make sure finals finished on time to allow for some hot laps down the course, each rider only got one run for finals followed by an optional fakie race. Some of the previous years’ winners went down on their runs and the podiums for both men’s and women’s divisions looked a bit different than the last three years. Lucas Debari came in first for the men, while his sister Maria came in first for the women.
We can’t wait to see who gets the Mt. Baker LBS spots at the Alpental, WA stop January 3 through February 1.
Check out the full Results and Alpental registration.
Special thanks to Big Sky Resort and all of the sponsors!
Read the full The Debaris sweep the first stop of A-Rob’s Smash Life Banked Slalom at Big Sky Resort article on Snowboarder Magazine.