4th Annual Baldy Banked Slalom – Win a Spot at the Legendary Baker Banked Slalom

4 coveted spots will be awarded to the Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom. LBS Bibs will be awarded to the winners of the Mens Open Class, Womens Open Class, and the 2 other divisions with the most riders (TBD).

FORMAT: Best of 2 runs

Smith Optics, MTN Approach, Never Summer Industries, POW Gloves,Sun Valley, Idaho, Apple’s Bar & Grill, Bigwood Bread Cafe, DAKINE,Volcom, The Board Bin, Press Print House, The Waxroom


- Online Pre-Registration here: REGISTER ONLINE
- Friday night registration at MTNApproach 5 – 8 pm
- Saturday registration 8 – 9 am at Warm Springs Day Lodge


Friday, January 9th:
5 – 8 pm, MTNApproach wax party and registration
Bell Drive, Ketchum, ID 83340)

Saturday, January 10th:
8 – 9 am – Registration
9 -10 am – Practice
4:45 – Awards and after party at Apples Bar & Grill

“Stay and Ski Free” pricing is $162 per night, double occupancy. Call 800.786.8259 for more information or go to www.sunvalley.com.

**Competitor lift ticket special picing coming soon

Baldy Banked Slalom

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Thanks for the love @snowboardmag #mtnapproach #keepittogether


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Rome Snowboards Releases New Video Featuring the MTNApproach System

Check out the boys from Rome Snowboards using their MTN Approach set-ups last spring in the Aleutians. 

Prepare yourself for epic snowboarding, active volcanoes, hungry bears and a complete lack of chairlifts. 


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MTNApproach Cast Aluminum Hinges now available + Get Ready for Winter

NEW Cast Aluminum Hinges are here. You asked and we delivered. Skin with confidence and carry more weight with our heavy-duty hinge upgrade. These hinges will upgrade your MTNApproach System to a much higher total weight capacity of 350lbs +/- and they only weigh 8.6 oz each.

Click here for cast aluminium hinges. 


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MTNApproach in South America

MTNapproach ambassador Chase Josey in Argentina. #keepittogether

Photo: Chad Otterstrom.

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The New episode of SBVM just dropped on Snowboarder Magazine featuring MTN Approach and much, much more. Check it out at the 5:10 minute mark. Check it out HERE. 




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Rome Snowboard Crew in Alaska with MTNApproach

The Rome Snowboards crew finding some lines with MTNApproach up in the remote Aleutian Islands for Rome’s #findsnowboarding project. Ahhhhh.. the Island Life.

Photo: Zach Clanton — at Aleutian Islands, Alaska.


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MTNApproach Featured on Outliers Project

MTN Approach‘s John Kaiser shares his journey and insight on the state of backcountry snowboarding and MTNApproach on Outliers project.

Check out the podcast —> CLICK HERE


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Imagine Split Boarding – But Better! Whitelines Magazine Reviews the MTNApproach Touring System

Whitelines Mag sent Sam McMahon and Barry Parker into the backcountry to put the MTNApproach System to the test.

Read the whole review on Whitelines Mag HERE.

On my first time  setting them up I comfortably thrashed the far more experienced Barry now  reunited with his splitty. As we set off I was amazed at how much lighter and  easier the skis were, just as Barry was realising how much heavier his Burton  rig was.

For short-to-medium distance hikes the reduced weight underfoot just about  makes up for the added weight on your back from carrying a board, which you  quickly forget to notice. I would say however that the shoulder straps on the  backpack could go tighter to stop the board from swaying so much.

Compared to the split the experience felt way more comfortable and efficient,  especially when cornering on the ascent; the shorter skis make that part way  easier and less energy sapping, as anyone who has skinned before will  understand, learning to untangle my flappy split from the snow and my shins  still haunts me. It was certainly easier on the legs and back than using  snowshoes, the up and down movement of the legs is what saps your energy.

And then on the way down, all was right with the world again. Reunited with  the faithful Slasher the powder was steep and deep and the face shots were  aplenty. I was sold, and I think Barry was too.

The MTN Approach won’t be for everyone – true powderhounds will find the  excess board weight too much on long tours – but for slackcountry/lift assisted  touring with multiple ups and downs in a day, plus some piste riding, these win  hands down. The choice is simple: do you want the extra weight on your back on  the way up, or on your feet on the way down? For me anyway, the whole point is  to have as much fun on the way down, which these facilitated perfectly.
































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