For the first time in over ten years, the legendary King of the Hill contest returned to Alaska (courtesy of Mark Sullivan’s Tailgate Alaska), and Travis Rice emerged as the undisputed ruler, earning the highest score for all three runs.
"It’s great to see this event finally return to snowboarding," said Rice. "Conditions were all-time and the venue was spot-on for a long overdue AK shred contest. Everyone there threw down - it was a great day for snowboarding. I hope to see this event grow to what it once was in the years to come."
Held in Bro Bowl outside of Valdez, Alaska on Thompson Pass, the competition’s terrain featured narrow chutes, wind lips, cliff lines, and cornices. After dropping a big Method off the first cornice, Rice charged into a wind lip with speed.
His run was highlighted by a 70-foot backside 720, which he landed solidly. He finished by straight-lining down a three-foot-wide chute before riding out of a rocky section. Rice finished in first, in front of friends Rob Kingwill and Scotty Lago.
Following the weekend’s contest, Rice will stay in Alaska looking for bluebird days to film for his next two-year epic project, Flight. He’ll be in Whistler next week during the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival to attend a pop-up for AsymbolGallery.com, a new online gallery that he’s created with snowboarder/artist, Mike Parillo.