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.
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.
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.
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.
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.