Riksgränsen Banked Slalom became an instant classic already after it’s first year. Make sure to get yourself a spot for the five year anniversary!
Photography by Daniel Bernstål
2013 we had 60 dedicated snowboarders competing in what some would define as “the art of turning”. No jumps, no spins, no rails, just a you, your board and your ability to carve and keep the speed through a course with 22 banked curves. Year two, 2014 we had 151 people competing from 7 different nations with the age spann from 9-57. Year three we had 250 competitors. The last years we’ve seen an evolution of new boards dedicated to turning and more clips of ”carve tricks” emerge in the social media feeds. Riksgränsen Banked Slalom is a part of that movement
Our ambition with the Riksgränsen Banked Slalom is to celebrate and enjoy snowboarding in it’s purest form. We do it where several chapters of snowboarding most prominent history has been written. Even though everyone competes against each other the scream’s of stoke and warm smiles fill the air around the competition. There’s no sour faces or bad mouthing just a collective high that fuels the event. The course is located under the main chair lift which gives you a great view over all the turns. In addition to the competition we present a photo exhibition about snowboarding in Sweden today.
We bring generations of snowboarders together in a unique way. For some it’s their first time back since they we’re kids in the 90’s, others bring their kids to experience the light and the atmosphere with them, but most of us see this as something that speaks to their soul as snowboarders. The Riksgränsen Banked Slalom is a melting pot for Scandinavian snowboarding where we create new visions and resurrect old legends.
We move forward to our fifth year with a goal to make our guests visit better, grow the event with care and make sure that the stoke’o meter for snowboarding is in the top.
”Banked slalom in Riks is so much fun, the terrain is great for snowboarding. With the help of a bunch of riders who know what’s up and know how to make a great course. Set on historical grounds this event is taking snowboarding into the 10’s in a righteous and truthful way. Come rain, come shine I hope diggers will keep digging and sun will keep blastin’!”
Vincent Skoglund - Photographer extraordinaire