by Ruby Woodruff

No longer a small fry, the 2nd annual Baked Salmon went down at Mount Seymour last weekend. The inaugural race had been held under Mystery Chair, the main and only high-speed quad on Seymour, but this year it was moved upstream to Brockton Chairlift. The new location, conveniently situated just out of the public eye, provided the perfect canvas for organizers Nic Heringa (Salmon Arms), Jeff Keenan (Dinosaurs Will Die), David Birnie, Tony Lefroy and Scotty Fierbach to build the ultimate banked slalom course and host the shenanigans surrounding it.

Salmon Arms himself, Nic Heringa, at the top of the course

Salmon Arms himself, Nic Heringa, at the top of the course

An hour after the race was scheduled to start, the course was still filled with a salmon army digging out the fresh snow that had fallen overnight (most of who had been up digging the day before, as well). Uncovering an entire slalom track is no easy task but, thanks to the diggers, racers soon started to make their way down the slippery slope.

The Salmon Army Digging out the course

The Salmon Army Digging out the course

Although the Banked Slalom was the main event, what went on behind and beside the course was just as entertaining. A top to bottom park was set up featuring a hip, Corey-P (a corrugated pipe), rails and a make shift big air contest developed above the beer garden.

Banked Slalom and the Big Air

Banked Slalom and the Big Air

Once all 133 men finished their runs, the awards ceremony got underway. Despite not being registered, Alexa Welgan came first for the women’s category and filmer/photographer, Rob Lemay was announced the winner of the men’s category. After all the hand-carved salmon trophies were given out, SBC decided it was the perfect time to do a surprise cover reveal— a photo that Evan Chandler-Soanes had taken of Danny Koriath. Both guys are long-time Seymour locals which made it all the more meaningful to see them get the cover on their home mountain.

Congrats all around for Danny & ECS

Congrats all around for Danny & ECS

Seymour has always been a spawning ground for dysfunctional snowboard families and the Baked Salmon has become the annual reunion. Whether you’re in the race or just there to watch, it’s a day where anything goes and everyone is there to have fun. Thanks to Mount Seymour, Salmon Arms, DWD, Cariboo, the diggers and everyone else that came and made the Baked Salmon one of the best days of the season. For full race results click here.

Official Business

Official Business

Chloe Woodruff, Kea Mowat and Genny Ross waiting for their turn

Chloe Woodruff, Kea Mowat and Genny Ross waiting for their turn

Salmon on Run

Salmon on Run

Brockton Chairlift Takeover

Brockton Chairlift Takeover

Matt Heneghan and a homie hanging out

Matt Heneghan and a homie hanging out

Baked Salmon Mascot

Baked Salmon Mascot

Chloe Woodruff (wo)manning the Cariboo Tent

Chloe Woodruff (wo)manning the Cariboo Tent

ECS blending in before the big cover reveal

ECS blending in before the big cover reveal

One of the Grom Racers trying to get his hands on some (root)beer

One of the Grom Racers trying to get his hands on some (root)beer

Hello Ladies

Hello Ladies

Fastest girl on the hill, Alexa Welgan

Fastest girl on the hill, Alexa Welgan

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