The Red Bull Butter Cup snowboard competition, 22 stops covering all corners of the country. It arrived at Northstar-at-Tahoe in late March, at the tail end of a two-week hundred-plus-inch storm. Snowy conditions and strong winds made for less that ideal conditions but that didn’t stop 73 riders from turning out to show off their buttery tricks.
Hiking past the pole-jam-to-down-box on the way to the top of the course; Northstar’s Terrain Park Staff put the finishing touches on the course, including the bank-box wall-ride.Competitors meeting at the top of the course in snowy conditions.One of the groms board slides the down box. Frontside lipsliding the hitching-post at the end of the course.Spectators at the sidelines watch as one of the female competitors frontside boardslides the up box.Spectators sheltering beneath the Red Bull tent watch a swivel on the down box.Riding high on the tree at the end of the course; Spectators enjoy some beverages as they watch the action.Flying into a nose press on the down box.Guests riding up the Vista chair try to get some good views on the event as they pass by.Backside lipsliding the up box; A backside disaster on the hitching-post.Grabbing off the pole-jam on the way to the down box. Pity the photographer missed it.One of the girls rocks to fakie the hitching-post in front of the judges and onlookers.Spectators on the sidelines as riders fly down the course.Snowboards come in handy as shelter from the wind.One of the groms boardslides the pole-jam-to-down-box with style and speed.Hiking back to the top.This girl doesn’t let the strong winds effect her as she boardslides the down box.Frontside lipsliding the hitching-post; Riders look on with interest.Ronnie stoked on the Red Bull Butter Cup at California’s Northstar-at-Tahoe.