The first day of competition gets underway at Red Bull Cold Rush 2016 with the Big Mountain contest.
REVELSTOKE, BC – February 3, 2015 – It is said that good things come to those who wait, and indeed they did on the first official day of Red Bull Cold Rush 2016. After a 24hr delay due to less than ideal visibility in the backcountry zone, the Big Mountain chapter of the multidisciplinary event got under way this morning at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. With clear skies, the sound of rotor blades thumped across Greely Lake as 21 of the best freeskiers in the world were shuttled to the top of Greely Bowl on Mount Mackenzie.
Just like its name, the Big Mountain contest saw plenty of big lines, big airs and some huge drops as skiers picked their way through technical lines on Spilt Milk and Thumbs Up. With a focus on all-out shredding, the Big Mountain contest let athletes get creative by selecting their own lines on the mountain, utilizing as much of the terrain as possible including cliff drops, critical lines and, of course, a bit of style.
With each athlete having a chance at two runs and their choice of the two main venue zone, Stan Rey set the bar early on with a massive backflip on his first run. While he didn’t quite stick the landing, his second attempt was rock solid that had fellow athletes and spectators cheering from the base. Sean Pettit put down two solid runs which included one of the biggest cliff drops of the day, pushing 50ft from top to bottom. The level of skiing only escalated throughout the day with Kye Petersen delivering the first 720 of the day which quickly raised the bar. Sammy Carlson followed suit with his own 720 and arguably one of the strongest runs of the day.
The ladies contingent also delivered, as first time Red Bull Cold Rush contestants Tatum Monod, Angel Collinson and Leah Evans impressed with technical runs. Among them, Angel Collinson laid down an explosive run with one of the fastest of the day, navigating the mandatory cliff drops and trees through Spilt Milk.
As a peer-judged competition, final results of Red Bull Cold Rush will be announced in their entirety on the evening of February 6th.
RED BULL COLD RUSH SCHEDULE
Here is a look forward at what is coming up next for the remainder of the week at Red Bull Cold Rush:
- February 4th – SLOPESTYLE & SUMMIT ASSAULT
- February 5th – CLIFFS
- February 6th – SCREENING AND FINAL RESULTS
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Red Bull is excited to have the support of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, and the The Sutton Place Hotel. In addition, for Red Bull Cold Rush 2015, Red Bull is excited to announce a partnership with The North Face, official host of the ‘Big Mountain’ day of competition.
About Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Since 2007, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) has offered the most vertical in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft.) of lift-accessed terrain, 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, 2 high alpine bowls, and 65 named runs including legendary glades and phenomenal groomers. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli, and backcountry skiing from one village base. Across our group of companies that include RMR, Revelstoke Cat Skiing, and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, skiers and snowboarders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain. For all the latest news, visit www.revelstokemountainresort.com.
About The North Face
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.