Group Photo by: Corey McDonald
Action Photos by Ken Baeyen Photography
You could not have asked for better weather and conditions for Bogus Basin’s first annual Legendary Don Baker Banked Slalom. The sun was shining and snow softened up perfectly as the day progressed. Over 100 people showed up to give the course a try and to honor a man that meant so much to Bogus Basin. Don Baker worked at Bogus for many decades and it was his inclusivity to the snowboard crowd and his general hospitality to everyone he met that made him well-liked and respected. His passing two years ago left the mountain shocked and heartbroken. Working mornings on the mountain just wasn’t the same anymore without his, “Good morning, Bogus Basin. The mountain is open,” over the radio. The passing of a man like this, who had so many admirers, had to be memorialized and leave it to none other than Corey McDonald and Preston Woods to make that happen.
The plan to create this event had actually been in the works the year prior, but due to lack of snow last year, the event was held off another season. Fortunately, this season had been a strong one with plenty of snow to pull off a slalom course so CMac, Woods and the rest of the Bogus Basin park crew went to work. A majority of the course had to be hand dug and sculpted so the guys, along with some outside recruits, spent the whole week tirelessly building. Their hard work and dedication paid off – the course was rad and the 114 guys and girls who rode it all had big smiles on their faces, even if they happened to spill out over the berm.
For many, this was their first experience with a slalom course but after Saturday, we can almost guarantee, it will not be their last. As this event continues year-after-year, we can assure you that it will only get bigger and better. The name and character of Don Baker is now immortalized in an event that will carry on his legacy. CMac, you truly have a gift for finding ways to honor people’s legacy. Hope to see you all next year and don’t forget to “hold on to your butts!”
Winner overall in the men’s division: Matt Hughes
Winner overall in the women’s division: Amanda Hankison
Special thanks to the sponsors: Mervin Technologies, Volcom, Airblaster, UNHLY, Prestige Soft Serve, Cobra Dogs, MaidenBoise and Bogus Basin Terrain Parks.