Lake Tahoe, CA – April 1, 2010 – Pressing forward with the second of three West Coast stops, the Red Bull Butter Cup series made its way to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, CA for a warm and sunny day of buttering. The West Coast stops play by a few different rules, as each rider accumulates points at each event, then at the culmination of the three-part series, the rider with the most points is crowned the West Coast Red Bull Butter Cup champion. With only three stops to rack up their point total, it’s critical for the winners of the previous stop to keep the momentum going and for other riders to step up their game.
For each of the West Coast stops, a “reality TV” style elimination is used for the finals, eliminating one rider every five minutes until there is only one champion left sliding. In the Women’s division, Danyale Patterson and Jordan Parks have been battling it out and this stop found Parks narrowly beating out Patterson for 1st place while rider Lynsey Ashdown followed in 3rd. An upset in the Ams division rocked the slopes with the top three finishers being new riders to the series. Zander Blackman took 1st place honors and Joshua Douglas followed closely with 2nd place, while rider Gram Haley came in 3rd. When it came time for the Pro division, the fight was fierce for first place. Max Weinberger was buttering the whole way down the features with crazy combos on all the boxes and buttered his way into a 1st place finish. Following him was Casey Timms who threw a backside 540 over the gap to cement his 2nd place finish. After a standout frontlip 270, rider Nial Romanek would come in 3rd place, his second time placing 3rd in the West Coast series.
In series standings, Romanek, with his consistent podium finishes, puts him in 1st place with 140 total series points. However, he’s followed closely by Dakota Whitaker and Mark Wilson who are tied in 2nd place with 130 series points. With such a close battle the final series podium is anyone’s game at the final stop hosted by Sierra-at-Tahoe on April 3rd.
Thanks to the Northstar park/event staff, Oakley, and Ride Snowboards for another great event. Next up, series stops at Winter Park, CO on April 3rd, Brighton, UT on April 9th, and the final West Coast series stop at Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA on April 10th. To look for an upcoming stop near you, go to www.redbullbuttercup.com
The Red Bull Butter Cup contest series started on the East Coast but has now expanded throughout the U.S. in only its second year. Red Bull Butter Cup is all about how much style snowboarders can spread onto the custom-made features also known as "butter pads." Riders jib, bonk, tap and slide across the pads, making sure to lay it on thick with a lot of smooth buttering. Regional athletes battle it out in jam format sessions, carving and spreading the snow like butter for cash and prizes. Overall style and creativity will help the cream rise to the top, so be ready to spread it on in this purely pasteurized competition!