Red Bull Cold Rush Has Begun!
Note: the video from day one is now live. Watch now!
Back for its sixth year—second in Silverton—is Red Bull Cold Rush. The big mountain and slopestyle hybrid competition has officially started, with 23 of the world's best athletes descending upon Silverton, CO for a few days of shredding.
Today was day one: Big mountain. The day didn't get off to the most auspicious start, despite the weather being beautiful. It's been no surprise that the snowpack in the States has been sketchy, and Silverton nor this event are immune. Last season's big mountain venue was effectively cut down by a big portion due to some slides and "not 100-percent zones," but the staff, guides and athletes managed to find some suitable faces to compete on.
But once the competition was given the go-ahead, the helis started bumping athletes to the top and the show kicked off. With each of the athletes given two runs today, they were assured some decent snow and a chance to prove themselves on the truncated big mountain course. Standouts from today include Dane Tudor, Dave Treadway, Andy Mahre, Pep Fujas and Jackie Paaso. Make sure to check out the video highlights from Red Bull as they are released. Once all the video is compiled, the athletes will watch and vote on their peers, to see who held down the best of the day.
Wiley Miller scoping out the zone.
Tomorrow holds the event's big mountain slopestyle day. A crew has been working for weeks building custom features within the confines of one of the zones, for the athletes to go off on. A rail to very large gap and multiple booters, at the very least, have been constructed. Stay tuned for more coverage and videos as they are released from Silverton.
For more information on Cold Rush, visit redbullusa.com/coldrush.
Collin Collins flips off a nice little rock.
About the author:
Shay Williams is the former Managing Editor of Freeskier Magazine. He now works full-time with Monster Energy, and continues to contribute to freeskier.com, offering insights re: the lives of his Monster athletes.