March 7, 2020 • Mt. Shasta ** CANCELLED **

Honoring Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s love for snowboarding, the Buffalo Banked Slalom Race celebrates the first snowboards on the park’s slopes.

The event is unique in that it uses a natural gully (called Buffalo Gulch) while most banked slalom courses consist of man-made berms on open ski slopes. The course descends over approximately 1,000 feet from the top of Coyote Butte to its base.

Mt. Shasta Ski Park snowboarding history

In the 1980s, snowboarding was not allowed on the public runs of most ski resorts. The first snowboarders were forced to hike up at night when ski areas were closed and try to avoid detection, or were relegated to the backcountry. Mt. Shasta Ski Park was established off the southern face of Northern California’s iconic volcano in 1985. Bill Buffalo, a legendary Mt. Shasta local, was one of the first men to bring a snowboard to Mt. Shasta during its conception years, giving Buffalo Gulch its name.

Connecting skiers and snowboarders

Connecting both skiers and snowboarders on the same hill, Mt. Shasta Ski Park became a place where all snow sports enthusiasts could embrace their inner mountain. In honor of the park’s founders and the snow sports industry, Mt Shasta Ski Park welcomes everyone to enjoy the winter together and participate in the Buffalo Banked Slalom Race for men and women, skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

Event details


  • March 7, 2020


  • $20 – Day of entry only


  • Registration – 8:00am-11:00am
  • Practice – 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Competition – 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Awards ceremony – 4:00pm-4:30pm

The Buffalo Banked Slalom is weather dependent, and the schedule is subject to change.

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