A total of 85 competitors qualified for the 28th Annual Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom final during the first-day of qualifying runs Friday, Feb. 8, at the Mt. Baker Ski Area.
Baker's annual slalom race, which draws some of the top local and global snowboarders in the industry, had 312 participants vying for qualifying times for Sunday's finals.
Riding in the pro men's category, 34-year-old Nate Holland from Sandpoint, Idaho, recorded the fastest time during qualifying with his 1 minute, 33.294 second run.
He was one of 22 pro men that earned qualifying marks. Others included Squamish, B.C.'s Rob Fagan, who finished second overall with a 1:33.634 run and Hailey, Idaho's Graham Watanabe, who finished third with a 1:34.258 run. Glacier resident Lucas DeBari placed eighth and qualified for Sunday's final with a run of 1:35.486.
Maelle Ricker of Squamish, B.C., had the top run in the pro women category. She turned in a time of 1:37.956. Ricker was followed by Colorado's Laura Hadar, who made a 1:40.217 run. Four of the 13 pro women competing Friday advanced to Sunday's final.
Several area snowboarders competing in various categories also earned qualifying times.
Bellingham's Chris Bowlin, Jonathan Martens, Andrew Winn and Chris Tretwold, as well as Glacier's Jon Hayes, earned spots in the master's category final, while Randy Haugen qualified in the grand masters category.
Bellingham's Amy Jo Palumbo was one of three women to qualify in the pro women masters division, and Khai Bhagwandin, also from Bellingham, qualified in the women amateurs division
Glacier's Hank Kennedy qualified with a 1:46.220 in the juniors division, Bellingham 18-year-olds Odin Barnett and Scanlan Jackson qualified for the finals in the younger amateurs division and Glacier's Robin Foster, Deming's Jack Freysinger and Bellingham's Frankie Devlin, Dillon Griffith and Daniel Sandberg qualified for the finals in the older amateurs category.