Red Bull Throwing Skinning/Freeride Competition @ Squaw Valley

Red Bull Throwing Skinning/Freeride Competition @ Squaw Valley


Red Bull Throwing Skinning/Freeride Competition @ Squaw Valley


Interesting combination of skills to be judged on….skinning and freeriding. Here’s how Squaw Valley’s own JT Holmes describes the upcoming event:

“Who wants to hike and ski or snowboard in Silverado at Squaw Valley in an all new competition put on by Red Bull ? Here is your chance… It is on for April 13th at Squaw.

We will skin our lines for time and then be judged freeride style on the descent. In short, the fastest hiking best skiing skier or boarder will win. If you hike slow, you better send it. If you hike fast, well you can ski a bit smarter. Whatever you do, don’t ski or ride like I did in these past Silverado competition runs! 

Check out to enter or learn more. Spots are limited. If you want in, sign up soon.”

If you are interested sign up HERE. Limited spots so register now!!!


What makes the event unique is that the competition is composed of two parts: ski touring or splitboarding up & then the descent! 200 points per run are up for grabs and are evenly weighted (100 for the climb + 100 for the descent) between each part.


Men’s Ski, Men’s Splitboard, Women’s Ski, Women’s Splitboard


Maximum of 60 total competitors across all categories
Competition Venue: Silverado at Squaw
Hike your own line. 2 Heats (seeding determined by registration order) mass start at the base of Silverado. Tour/Splitboard to the top. Start order in each heat and finals is determined based off your climb from the base of Silverado to the starting gate at the top as well as your transition time. There will be a cut to competition field after run number 1 based on the natural break in scores.


Each run can score a maximum of 200 points (100 for the Climb + 100 for the Descent)
1st to the top in each category will score the maximum 100 points for the Climb. Each position after that will be an incremental deduction of 1 point.
The Descent will be scored by a panel of 3 Judges. 1-100 point system with 3 categories:
Style – 40 points max
Line – 30 points max
Control – 30 points max
Average of the three judges scores to determine overall score for that run
To determine the overall winner for each category, both climbs and both big mountain runs will be added together to determine your total event score


  • 1st-3rd in each Category


All participants must register online. No on-site registration.
Helmet and touring gear required.
You must be 16 years or older on or before event day to participate. NO EXCEPTIONS. All participants must show valid ID upon on-site check-in
All participants must stay within the bounds of the competition venue.
Athlete bibs must be visible at all times during the competition.
Bring the big sticks, leave the lycra at home!


11am-5pm Athlete Check-in at Alpenglow Room at Squaw
5:30pm – 6pm Mandatory Athlete meeting at Alpenglow Room at Squaw
7:45am All athletes meet at the Tram
8am Tram depart
8:15am Visual course inspection from land bridge only
8:45am Visual course inspection ends
9:15am Heat 1 starts climb
10:15am Heat 2 starts climb
12:15pm Finalists are announced
12:30pm Finalists start climb
3pm Finalists finish
4:30pm Awards and Après on KT Sundeck


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