A unique grass roots event bringing an Ultra Natural like format to the masses. Awesome.
I think it's a good time for events in snowboarding. The big events are getting bigger, and the grass roots events are getting more fun. This last weekend I had the chance to shred in The Slackcountry Cup at Mt. Baldy. In it's second year, this event, put on by Pentagon Boardshop & Ride Snowboards, is doing everything right.
The format is pretty straight forward, and is just like the Red Bull Ultra Natural. Two zones are held untouched and riders get one run down each of the zones. One run on Saturday and one on Sunday. No practice runs, no second chances. You have to pick your line from the bottom, and hope that when you drop in at the top you can end up on the line you scoped. The terrain aloud the invited pros in the open category to air out cliffs, and the rest of the riders to step to the bigger cliffs or find other features to hit.
The Slackcountry cup also featured a Photographer Showdown as well as Rail Jam/Hip Session on the Saturday night. During the Hip Session I witnessed the biggest Double Backflip Tail Grab I've ever seen. The above is Conrad Kunze's winning submission for Artistic Impression. The winner for Best Action can be seen here.