Day 2 of the 2016 Red Bull Cold Rush was originally slated to host the slopestyle event, but flat light in the venue led event organizers to opt for the cliffs competition, instead. A fresh 20 centimeters of snow had fallen between the first and second day of competition, providing for ideal landing conditions in the contest venue. The zone was only accessible by chopper. Said chopper deposited athletes atop cliff bands that reached up to 80 feet in height. That didn’t stop competitors from going big, though. Kye Petersen tossed massive 360s; Stan Rey threw a double backflip and almost stuck the landing; John Collinson floated a backflip, skied an über technical line, then launched a 360 off another cliff; Suz Graham front flipped a cliff. All in all, the action was bordering on insanity—nothing out of the ordinary for a contest as storied as the Red Bull Cold Rush.
Slopestyle is set to take place today, February 5, with final results of the peer-judged contest being released tomorrow, February 6.