Riders Go Huge At Kicking Horse’s Wrangle The Chute

Four years ago, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, British Columbia, launched a three-part big mountain competition unlike any other. Wrangle the Chute, a competition with serious lines and a finish that requires riding a mechanical bucking bronc — animated by your fellow competitors. 

The comp went off last weekend in 30 inches of fresh snow with a stoked crew of competitors and spectators. The brainchild of former KHMR employee Jordan Petrovics and Trevor Gavura, the event is invite-only, with male, female, ski and snowboard categories.  Each season, the line-up runs the gamut from pro, to sponsored, to unknown shredders “who just send it,” said Brian Coles, one of the event organizers and judges.

The skiing takes place between Hairy Cliffs and Suckers Go Left, off CPR ridge, which has an insane amount of terrain features to choose from, ranging from 60-foot cliffs, to exposed snow ledges and billy-goat lines. One line is skied each day and the scores are combined for the final results.

Logan Pehota and Julie Thomas took the top scores in skiing this year, and Claudia LaFlamme and Davis Fultz won in snowboarding.

Logan Pehota Logan Pehota sends it in the Wrangle the Chute competition at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

One of this year’s highlights and a testament to fun and unpredictable nature of the event, was a line skied by local Tim Collins. Collins billy-goated through an area where, in fact, misguided and stranded skiers had been airlifted off in past seasons.

“Tim has barely been the hill at all this season, and goes sled-skiing all the time. He just showed up and skied this death-defying line. He potentially would have won – but he lost a ski in the middle. He put it back on, but he was out according to the rules,” Coles said.

Ben Evely at Wrangle the ChuteBen Evely rides it out.
 
The event has won acclaim among competitors.

“It is a fun, light hearted comp, where pros and up-and-comers can get together and throw down. There is no start list, you just show up when you feel like dropping in,” said pro skier Zoya Lynch, who took third place last year in the women’s skiing. 

Daryl Treadway, who has competed in traditional big mountain events as well as the Red Bull Cold Rush, concurred.

“What sets Wrangle the Chute apart is the fun atmosphere surrounding the event – there is a lot of energy,” Treadway said.

This year, per usual, all the competitors were stoked to see each other up the ante, and to cap it off, there was a 52-person dog-pile on the podium at the end, and competitor dance party at the finish.

INFO: The event is capped at 50-60 competitors, and the resort accepts applications with a proven resume for consideration each season, and the competition continues to evolve. The jump has been eliminated due to new owners RCR (Resorts of the Canadian Rockies) no-jumps safety policy. Additionally, this year riding the bronc was the equivalent of crossing the ultimate finish line — to score, competitors had to ride it but were not scored on it.  Previously, bronc riding counted for one quarter of the score. 

For information or to apply for next season’s event, contact events@kickinghorseresort.com

Wrangle The Chute Results

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