Chloe Banning checking in and giving a season update. My season had a challenging start with my first event being the Telluride World Cup Boardercross Race. Since I was studying at Colorado College during the fall, I had only six days of on snow practice before tackling the difficult course. Being my first World Cup, it was intimidating, and I have never fallen so many times or felt so exhausted at a race.
Even after feeling worked, I set down a solid time trial. During the holidays, the powder riding in Steamboat was awesome. The snow here is unbelievable! I just finished a long stretch of Nor-Am Cup Boardercross races, the first two being in Big White, Canada. Just as the name of the resort says, the conditions were very white and foggy, making it very hard to see the race course. Yet we managed to compete in the fog, and I placed 7th and 1st. Then I went straight to Mt. Hood Meadows, just missing the week of rain that they had gotten. We had sunny days for the races, during which I took 5th and 3rd. After, I came home to Steamboat Springs, CO to race two more Nor-Ams on my home mountain and placed 6th and 4th. Steamboat built the best Nor-Am course yet this season. It was fast, technical, and included big jumps and lots of doubles. This photo was taken right before my pass for 1st place in the USASA Rocky Mountain Series Boardercross event at Steamboat. Next I'm off to California, Utah, and Canada for a seventeen day stretch including more Nor-Ams, a Revolution Tour, the Grand Prix, and a World Cup. I hope everyone has been enjoying the crazy snow this year!