We're happy to announce that four lucky competitors at this year's Nate Chute will win guaranteed spots in the 2016 Mt. Baker Banked Slalom!
Information on the Contest is listed below. Information about the cause can be found at - skiwhitefish.com/nate-chute/, including fundraising, fun events, live music, event history and more...
This is a long standing snowboard event held in memory of Nate Chute and has turned into one of the most prolific snowboard events in the NW. There are a lot of cool snowboard events in the world but none like the Nate. This is a 'Contest for a Cause' where we help raise money for the NC Foundation which is dedicated to supporting troubled teens. Nate was a well known snowboarder from Whitefish who tragically took his own life at a young age. Now many of his friends come back to Whitefish from all over the snowboarding universe to participate in this event. It has grown to attract pros the young the old and the rad alike.
The cause is only part of it there is a contest. But the contest is more than just a contest. It is a weekend full of events and fun built for anyone who wants to support the foundation the cause the event the snowboard community or just someone who wants to win part of the huge cash purse.
This year is the 16thyear of the event and there will be celebrations all weekend. An extra special thanks goes out to Stumptown Snowboards for being fantastic contributors to this long standing event.
THE MAIN EVENT Saturday - Day 1 - Banked Slalom Saturday will be a banked slalom through the lower part of the Goat Haunt SBX course into George's Gorge. Best time wins and seeds racers for the Sunday SBX.
Sunday - Day 2 – Boardercross Sunday is one of the biggest boardercross in the Northwest with over 100 riders competing for the title and coolest trophies around. Two to five riders race through a great course consisting of jumps banks rollers and traffic. Top two riders advance to next round and each rider has at least two chances before being eliminated.
Online preregistration will close 12pm 3/20/15 Day of Registration and Check in – LIFT PLAZA TICKET OFFICE located by Chair 2 Course – Goat Haunt Cross Course and George’s Gorge. Awards – Ed and Mully’s Restaurant in the Upper Village Bands Parties and Fundraising information – details to come...
PREREGISTRATION IS MANDATORY - **Even if you have pre-registered you MUST come to the registration window on each event morning to pick up bib, goodie bag, and generally be an awesome competitor.
SCHEDULE- this is the same for both days. 7:30-8:30am- Mandatory Check-In Both Days. Must pick up shirt bib confirm participation etc… 9:10am- Early Lift Load for Preregistered Riders Only 9:20-9:45am- Mandatory Course Inspection 10am- Competitors Meeting at Race Start 10:15am-4pm- Races 5:30pm- Awards (Saturday AND Sunday) inside Ed and Mully’s
RULES Riders found poaching the course prior to the event will not be allowed to compete as we will have staff working on the course all week. Please stay off for your safety and theirs. Seriously. No Really. - Competition limited to first 150 athletes; first 100 get a free t-shirt (guaranteed shirt if registered by 3/6) - No race boards -aka- square tailed boards or hard boots. - You can register for either day or both days (new this year). If you do register for SBX only, you will be seeded at the bottom of your category. SBX seeds are based off Banked Slalom results. - Each morning will only allow for one run inspection. We will gather at the top and go down as a group. - High Ollie contest on Sunday - winner gets $50.
PRICE $70 for both days of events $35 for just one event
Discounted lift passes are available for competitors if you do not have a season pass. These can be purchased the day of the event after you check in.
CATEGORIES $4000 CASH PURSE! Categories may be combined if minimums are not met in each category.
Men’s Snowboard Divisions Pro/Open Men ($$$$) Amateur Men 8-14 ($$$) Amateur Men 15-20 ($$$) Amateur Men 21 and Over ($$$) Ol' Joes Division - Men 40+
Women’s snowboard Divisions Pro/Open Women ($$$$) Amateur Women 8-14 ($$$) Amateur Women 15+ ($$$)
SPECTATORS This is a great event to watch, especially Sunday boardercross. These events are located on the backside of the mountain, to take advantage of George’s Gorge, a super cool natural feature that serves as a natural halfpipe over 1/3 mile long. That makes the course accessible only by skier/boarder traffic. No foot traffic allowed on Chair One, so you must be able to transport yourself.