Words and Photos by Chip Kalback
The town of Silverton, Colorado is currently playing host to some of the best skiers in the world who have traveled from all over to compete in the Red Bull Cold Rush; an event split into three categories which is judged by the competitors themselves. The proving grounds consists of big mountain, cliffs, and slopestyle.
Today was the big mountain part of the competition, and with the sun out shining and ample amounts of talent, the full day certainly did not disappoint. Some highlights include Michelle Parker making big mountain skiing look way too easy and effortless, Sean Pettit sending a massive air off the last feature, Collin Collins going full speed, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa painting the mountain like it’s a blank canvas, and Dave Treadway taking a completely different (and unbelievable) line than any other competitor, eventually earning him the top spot on the podium for the day.
The judging process is done by the competitors watching footage from the day put together by Red Bull, and then all scores are tallied to determine podium spots.
Tomorrow the Cold Rush continues, as athletes and media venture into the “Mando” area of Silverton Mountain to hit the slopestyle course, which has been built by a 14-man crew alongside Pep Fujas, comprised of four large jumps in the backcountry.
Results from the today’s big mountain event below:
1. Suzanne Graham
2. Shelly Robertson
3. Michelle Parker
1. Dave Treadway
2. Sage Cattabriga-Alosa
3. Leo Ahrens
4. Sean Pettit
5. Dane Tudor"