The day after the Big Mountain event, Cold Rush competitors ramped it up again on the Mandatory Air run at Silverton. Two custom built features and four jumps were set up to for the athletes to throw down in backcountry slopestyle.
Watch the video and vote for the best run at redbullusa.com. The winner of the peoples choice vote will receive an extra $1000!
After seeing the footage from the Big Mountain Day this must have felt a fun day at the park for the athletes.
To read more about the Slopestyle event check out this article from Red Bull about the event .
Wow! The Red Bull Cold Rush 2012 has been going down over the last few days in Silverton, Co. The lines skied during the Big Mountain discipline are some of the most extreme lines I’ve seen skied in a competition. North America’s answer to the Verbier Xtreme.
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 feet. The aptly-named peak snares snow from passing storms, 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.
Dave Treadway | Red Bull Cold Rush Silverton, Colorado
Riddled with no fall zones and questionable snow stability, the athletes were forced to reconsider their lines the day of the event after a slide ripped loose and closed down a third of the competition venue.
Andy Mahre | Red Bull Cold Rush Silverton Colorado
The Red Bull Cold Rush is a peer judged event where the athletes will determine the winners but you can vote for a people’s choice winning line here at redbullusa.com
I was fortunate enough to get invited along on a trip with some cool fellas to Silverton, Colorado two weeks ago. The skiing in Silverton is fully legit and the snow conditions were better than what we had going on in Utah at the time. We did two days of guided skiing and paid for three heli drops. I would recommend heading down to Silverton to anyone who is stuck in a place where it is not snowing this season.
The guided skiing was pretty good. We got to poke around on some steep terrain in the trees, but the snowpack was still fairly thin which limited some of our options. Our guide Jeremy Yanko was the absolute man. In the future however, I will go later in the season when you can go un-guided just to get more runs in a day. I think a strong skier with basic backcountry knowledge would have no problem staying safe at Silverton during the un-guided season.
The really sick part of this trip was flying around in a helicopter. You can add heli drops for about $150 per drop and they are worth every penny. The Silverton Mountain Guides bird is brand new and their pilot gives you a hell of a good ride to the top of the surrounding peaks and ridges. Flying over huge peaks sideways at over 100 MPH is something I would like to do a lot more of in the near future, plus it beats the sh!t out of hiking.Check out their website if you want to make a cool trip happen.
Silverton Mountain opens for the season tomorrow with unguided skiing/riding and forecasted fresh snow! Unguided tickets are $49, you don’t need a reservation, and the lifts start turning at 9am. … Read More