Though snow has been a little in short supply this winter, Mt. Baker Ski Area is ready to host its highlight event of the winter snowboarding season. The Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 7-9.
Many of the best snowboarders in the region, and some from around the nation who are not in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics, will travel to Whatcom County to take their shot at winning the legendary duck tape trophy.
In 2013, Maine's Seth Wescott was the men's pro division winner, while British Columbia's Maelle Ricker won the women's pro division. Wescott is among the list of entries this year, but Ricker is not, as the 2008 Olympic snowboard cross gold medallist plans to be in Sochi represent Team Canada and defend her title despite recently undergoing surgery for a compound fracture in her left forearm.
In all, 14 divisions will be crowned at Mt. Baker this weekend in a variety of age divisions and ability levels.
The preliminaries will be held on Friday and Saturday, as competitors try to earn a spot in Sunday's final, where they will get two runs down Mt. Baker's natural halfpipe to post the quickest time.
Action is scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.