It’s almost that time of year again, the Red Bull Cold Rush is upon us! Back at Silverton Mountain in Colorado for the second year in a row, this year’s competition sounds like it’s going to be just as legit as last years. Awesome venue, awesome skiers, and hopefully some awesome snow (that means you “La Nina”), and we couldn’t be more stoked for it all to get here. Being part of the Red Bull Signature Series, this years Cold Rush will even be broadcast on NBC come March 24th. 17 of the best male skiers, 5 of the best female (think we could bump that number up to like 8-10 at least Red Bull?) and a hell of a course designer (universally famous for his ravaging good looks: Pep Fujas)…FRIP I’m so stoked for this comp! Here’s what we just got for a press release/update so read on and try not to pee your pants with excitement.
This year the Big Mountain venue is held on Silverton Mountain’s north facing Storm Peak, the highest ski area in North America at 13,487’. The aptly named peak snares snow from passing storms which then dumps its load, filling in the steep rocky chutes and couloirs. The Grande and Pequeño chutes where the discipline is held are so steep that they do not see any sunshine until March keeping the snow cold and light.
Last but certainly not least, the Slopestyle venue is located just off the top of the Silverton Mountain chairlift in the aptly named run Mandatory Air. “Mando” as it is sometimes called is a big, wide-open north facing bowl filled in with powder and natural features to build massive hits. The area is quite large allowing for multiple jumps and transfers in an above tree line alpine bowl.
“Since the event is taking place at Silverton Mountain again, I needed to make sure the event was unique in some way. We don’t build any features on-slope for the Big Mountain or Cliffs events, so the Slopestyle discipline is the one venue I could switch up this year,” says Pep Fujas, lead course designer and competitor in Red Bull Cold Rush. “I want to make the course bigger and better, so we’re playing off the local mining heritage and building a custom rail feature, adding some jumps, and creating two distinct lines with three features each.”
Stepping up to the plate in 2012 and making use of these features and terrain is a premier field of 17 men and 5 women set to raise the bar of backcountry freestyle progression. This year’s Red Bull Cold Rush competitors include:
Andy Mahre Anna Segal
Collin Collins Jackie Paaso
Dane Tudor Michelle Parker
Dash Longe Rachael Burks
Dave Treadway Shelly Robertson