March 12, 2012

Heather Graziano
PR & Marketing Coordinator
Sugar Bowl Resort
(530) 426-6721

(Donner Summit, Calif.) – Daron Rahlves remains the reigning Banzai champion with yet another win at the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Super Finals this last Sunday, March 11 at Sugar Bowl Resort. The Super Final followed the Silver Belt Banzai, a unique event with roots dating back to 1940, when the Silver Belt Race was considered one of the top ski races in the country. After a hiatus from the late 70′s to the early 00′s, Sugar Bowl’s Ski Ambassador Daron Rahlves revived the race in 2009 with a new twist, combining downhill racing with big mountain freeriding and ski & boarder-cross action. This year’s tour saw 4 stops at resorts around Lake Tahoe.

“I’d like to thank all the competitors, sponsors and host resorts for a wild, fun and successful 4 stop tour. Silver Belt Banzai Men’s ski winner Riva filled the last spot in the “Super Final” and gave me a good run for the $10,000!” Said Rahlves.

2012 Silver Belt Banzai Results:

Women’s Snowboard:

  1. Casey Lucas
  2. Carrie Hall
  3. Marguerite Cosettini
  4. Rose Marie Daiek

Men’s Snowboard:

  1. Chris Galvin
  2. Chelone Miller
  3. Sylvain DuClos
  4. Jason Kosich
  5. Nik Schneider
  6. Dan Krenicki
  7. Dave Brumm
  8. Matt Clark

Women’s Ski:

  1. Shelly Robertson
  2. Hanna Jermstad
  3. Eimile Colgan
  4. Shannon Rahlves
  5. Dana Keith

Men’s Skier:

  1. Casey Riva
  2. John Lange
  3. B Devine
  4. John Bochenek
  5. Daniel Zeffaro
  6. Marcus Caston
  7. Connery Lundin
  8. Brian Walker

Super Final:

  1. Daron Rahlves
  2. Casey Riva
  3. Kyle Smaine
  4. Todd Disbrow
  5. John Boch

Overall Tour Winners:
Men’s Ski: John Bochenek
Women’s Ski: Shelly Robertson
Men’s Snowboard: Sylvain DuClos
Women’s Snowboard: Casey Lucas

A festive finish line vendor village and bbq provided the winning scene for the awards ceremony. The top Silver Belt skiers each received the coveted Silver Belt Buckle, with the Snowboard winners taking home custom skateboards in addition to impressive cash prizes. Overall Tour Winners received custom forged Banzai trophies along with their cash earnings.

NBC Sports Network will be broadcasting coverage and highlights of the Silver Belt Banzai and Super final on March 27, 2012 at 10pm PST as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. For more information on the Rahlves Banzai tour visit www.rahlvesbanzai.com.

Steeped in tradition yet modern in amenities, Sugar Bowl Resort has been California owned & operated since 1939, serving up some of the finest skiing & riding in the Tahoe region with an unwavering dedication to the guest experience. www.sugarbowl.com.

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