Rahlves' Banzai Tour Kicks off Big Mountain Event Season

Rahlves' Banzai Tour Kicks off Big Mountain Event Season

We are officially entering Big Mountain Events season here at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.  The copious amounts of snow and steep, challenging terrain we are famous for have made Kirkwood a destination for big mountain skiing and riding events since the early seventies.  

Rahlves' Banzai Tour

This season we are stoked to host 3 Signature Big Mountain Events at Kirkwood!  The first of which is the world famous, top to bottom adrenaline bomb, free ski meets boarder cross race known as The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour (RBT).  Four by four competitors fly down the steeps of Kirkwood, over natural terrain and around hairpin corners looking to for that elusive glory.  The winners of each heat move on in the competition while the slower racers have to watch from the bottom.

Steep at the Rahlves' Banzai Tour

Spectators to the event are treated to race like no other on the planet – this is no timed slalom or downhill.  At Kirkwood, the race begins by dropping into the double black diamond section of The Wall called ‘All the Way’  For those who are unfamiliar with ‘The Wall’ or ‘All the Way’ this is an amazingly fun but incredibly steep area on the front side of the mountain. In fact, a skull and crossbones sign sits atop ‘The Wall’ with the iconic words - Experts Only! 

The athletes in the Banzai are experts. This tour draws some of the best skiers and snowboarders from Tahoe, the U.S. and world to compete.  They take the skull and cross bones seriously, but make no mistake, as they drop into the course they are looking for one thing - SPEED!

This event makes for one of the most exiting weekends of the winter up here at Kirkwood and really all of Tahoe.  The passion from the athletes and energy of the crowds creates an awesome vibe up here and is a great kickoff to our Big Mountain Events season.  

Come up and join us…All together now BANZAI!!!

Following the RBT we will host the SWATCH Freeride World Tour (Feb 27 – Mar 3) and The NBC Signature Series Event – Red Bull Megaslope (Mar 14 – 16).

Kirkwood Big Mountain Events

Lodging Deals for the Rahlves Banzai Tour can be found by visiting our Lodging Deals and Packages page.  

Details on upcoming events can be found on our Events Calendar

Dan Ventura,

Kirkwood Marketing Coordinator