Back in the day, Sugar Bowl was well regarded for its annual Silver Belt race, an event that attracted many of the world's elite Olympic and World Cup competitors to ski their way down and through the narrow confines of the Silver Belt gully.

The High Sierra resort is resurrecting the race - but in a slightly different format the weekend of Feb, 14-15.

Instead of one racer at a time going down the course, this year's event will be an every-person-for-themselves mass charge down the mountain.

The Silver Belt Banzai, as it is now known, is "a progressive event coupling the energy and tactics of skiercross with the action and excitement of traditional downhill racing." The rules are simple: Stay on course and finish in the top two to advance to the next round.

Some 100 invited and qualifying athletes of both genders and all ages will partake in the event and compete for the $10,000 in cash and prizes. Qualifying (which has a $100 entry fee; $50 for competitors between 14 and 19 years old) takes place Saturday, Feb. 14, and the finals, which will included the invited athletes, take place Sunday.

The 2009 Silver Belt Banzai also will honor past racers from the days, circa 1940 to 1975, when the competition was a must-attend for the world's elite racers. There will be music and parties for those who simply want to have a good time.