Red Bull Cold Rush Cancelled

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Due to compromised backcountry conditions, Red Bull Cold Rush will be cancelled in 2015. With safety as the major priority, the decision was made by event organizers to call off the freeski event.

“This event requires deep powder snow to be a success. Safety for athletes and delivering a premium, progressive ski contest are our ultimate goals for Red Bull Cold Rush. Unfortunately, conditions will not allow for either,” said Scott Jewett, National Event Manager.

As a world class ski event that showcases athletes in some of the most challenging natural backcountry terrain, the contest is ultimately at the mercy of nature. While Revelstoke Mountain Resort has terrific terrain and snow on resort, conditions in the remote backcountry regions unfortunately do not support the needs of the contest.

Red Bull Cold Rush is an important pillar of the Red Bull snow program that aims to offer the best and most progressive freeski action, and will return in the future when conditions permit.

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RED BULL COLD RUSH POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 23-26 DUE TO CURRENT BACKCOUNTRY CONDITIONS

Competitors scope venue before the Red Bull Cold Rush, Silverton, Colorado on March 5th, 2012. Photographer Credit: Ian Fohrman / Red Bull Content Pool

Competitors scope venue before the Red Bull Cold Rush, Silverton, Colorado on March 5th, 2012. Photographer Credit: Ian Fohrman / Red Bull Content Pool

Due to unstable conditions in the backcountry, Red Bull Cold Rush will be postponed until March 23-26 when it will make its Revelstoke Mountain Resort debut.

With safety as the major priority, the decision was made by event organizers to delay the contest.

“Recent warming has impacted our venues in remote areas of the mountain over the last few days. Safety for athletes and delivering a premium, progressive ski contest are our ultimate goals for Red Bull Cold Rush. Unfortunately, current conditions will not allow for either.”  –  Scott Jewett, National Event Manager for Red Bull Canada

As a world class ski event that showcases athletes in some of the most challenging natural backcountry terrain, the contest is ultimately at the mercy of nature and unseasonably warm temperatures have made current conditions less than ideal outside of the resort’s boundaries.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited to welcome the athletes and the event to their mountain later in the season and are looking forward to an awesome event! See you in March Red Bull Cold Rush!

In the meantime, join us at Revelstoke Mountain Resort for epic skiing, amazing terrain, and the most snow in Canada! We are definitely still open (and you won’t regret experiencing the most vertical in North America)!

Competitors prepare for their runs at Red Bull Cold Rush in Silverton, Colorado on March 6, 2012. Photographer Credit: Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Competitors prepare for their runs at Red Bull Cold Rush in Silverton, Colorado on March 6th, 2012. Photographer Credit: Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

RED BULL COLD RUSH ANNOUNCES ATHLETES & COURSE DETAILS

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Sean Pettit hits the Castle Jump at Red Bull Cold Rush 2012 in Silverton, Colorado.                  Photographer Credit: Mike Arzt / Red Bull Content Pool

Invitations went out in early December to a select group of the top freeskiers around the world to meet in Revelstoke, BC for one of the biggest showdowns in the backcountry.

With Red Bull Cold Rush returning after a two year hiatus, athletes were quick to RSVP for a chance to take on a new mountain and claim a winning spot at the legendary contest. As an invitation only event, the 2015 athlete roster is stacked with some of the biggest names in the game featuring 15 male and 5 female competitors.

Being a multi-disciplinary event that fuses big mountain, cliffs, slopestyle, and touring, the competitors come from a diverse background. Athletes will be pushed well beyond their comfort zone in a contest that seeks to reward the most versatile all-around skier. Slopestyle skiers most comfortable with throwing big spins in the park will find themselves negotiating the steep alpine terrain and massive cliff drops of the upper area of Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Mount Mackenzie and traditional big mountain skiers will take on rails, kickers, and other custom built features. To help even the playing field, the contest will include a larger focus on ski touring allowing athletes to potentially recoup points lost in disciplines that are not their strong suit.

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The view from the top of the Slopestyle venue for Red Bull Cold Rush 2015 in Revelstoke.         Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content

The brand new playing field at Revelstoke Mountain Resort features one of the most all-encompassing contest sites in freestyle skiing, offering an amphitheater of powder that hosts four distinct venues each catering to one of the specific contest disciplines.

Tasked with the job of preparing the venue is veteran builder/freestyle skier Riley Leboe (Vernon, BC) who has been building jumps for as long as he can remember. Of the four contest zones, it is the slopestyle venue that Leboe gets most excited about which will feature roughly eight or nine jump and step-downs where skiers will have a choice to hit three features at the top of the venue, mid mountain, or at the bottom.

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Freestyle skier Riley Leboe working on a jump at the Red Bull Cold Rush slopestyle venue.        Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content Pool

“Athletes are going to have to nail three jumps in each line… it’s hard enough stomping one jump first try in the backcountry, so stomping three huge tricks out here is really going to show the level that freeskiing is at,” says Leboe. Beyond the built up kickers, the slopestyle course also comes equipped with some challenging natural terrain like wind lips and a step over that competitors can take advantage of, allowing them to pick their own unique lines on the slope.

Riley Leboe, Nick Leboe, Tatum Monod work on building the bottom jumps for the Red Bull Cold Rush Slopestyle course. Photographer CreditBryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

Riley Leboe, Nick Leboe & Tatum Monod building the Red Bull Cold Rush Slopestyle course.    Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content Pool

Putting this all together takes a six-man crew a full week on the mountain constructing the features entirely by hand. As a competitor in the event himself, Leboe is the perfect candidate to oversee the design of the course, ensuring it is up to the safety and skill expectations of his fellow athletes. He isn’t merely building his own personal dream park as he relies on the close input of other competitors. Athletes Dane Tudor, Chris Rubens, and Tatum Monod have already made a trip to visit Leboe on the build site. Regardless of the competitive format, the close knit group of athletes supports one another to simply ski the best they possibly can.

Here are your Red Bull Cold Rush 2015 competitors:

Male

  • Bene Mayr (GER)
  • Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (USA)
  • Sean Pettit (CAN)
  • Dane Tudor (CAN)
  • Sammy Carlson (USA)
  • Chris Rubens (CAN)
  • Kye Petersen (CAN)
  • Riley Leboe (CAN)
  • Callum Pettit (CAN)
  • Wiley Miller (CAN)
  • Logan Pehota (CAN)
  • Richard Permin (FRA)
  • Johnny Collinson (USA)
  • Stan Rey (SWZ)
  • Joe Schuster (CAN)

Female

  • Tatum Monod (CAN)
  • Michelle Parker (USA)
  • Ingrid Backstrom (USA)
  • Grete Eliassen (USA)
  • Suz Graham (USA)
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Red Bull Cold Rush 2011 in Silverton, Colorado. Photographer Credit: Erik Seo / Red Bull Content Pool

 

THE BIG MOUNTAIN RUSH IS BACK BRINGING THE BEST IN FREESKI ACTION TO REVELSTOKE Mountain Resort

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After a two year hiatus, the biggest event in backcountry freeskiing returns to its roots. Fusing the disciplines of backcountry slopestyle, big mountain, cliffs and alpine ski touring, Red Bull Cold Rush will return to Canada from February 3-6 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia. The Red Bull Signature Series event will see a handful of the world’s premier skiers invited to battle it out for a chunk of the $36,000 prize purse awarded to the most versatile, well-rounded freeskiers.

The return of Red Bull Cold Rush means a blend of fresh powder and fresh ideas. Along with the new location in Revelstoke, the event is also being updated with fresh elements including innovative on-mountain features and a  competition format that places a greater focus on alpine touring. But one thing remains the same: the peer-judged three-day competition will see athletes pushing one another to raise the bar of backcountry freeski progression.
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“Red Bull Cold Rush is the one and only top tier event that I, and all the other backcountry skiers, have to express our type of skills in a competition format. The fact that this amazing event is coming back to Canada just gets me all fired up! It’s where I spend my winter doing what we do, so I’ll be right at home this year” says Sean Pettit, professional backcountry freeskier and two-time winner of Red Bull Cold Rush in 2010 and 2011.

HISTORY OF RED BULL COLD RUSH

In an event that pits man against nature, nature always has the upper hand. Born and bred in Canada, the first ever Red Bull Cold Rush was set to take place in 2007 at Red Mountain in Rossland, BC, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Due to warm temperatures and a deep freeze that followed, the terrain was deemed unsafe to ski. When the event returned to the mountain in 2008, it was a skiers’ dream come true. Blue skies and deep snow greeted some of the best freeskiers in the world. Dave Treadway ended up at the top of the podium followed by Sean Pettit in 2nd and the late JP Auclair in 3rd.

In 2009 and 2010, the event moved to Retallack, BC pushing riders further and into new and challenging territory. A year later, Red Bull Cold Rush moved south of the border for the first US event held at Silverton, Colorado where it remained for a second year into 2012.
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Even in the powder-heaven that is the BC Interior, Revelstoke was a stand-out destination and obvious choice to play host for the return of Red Bull Cold Rush. Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts the most vertical in North America at 5,620 ft. of lift accessed terrain, two alpine bowls and legendary glades. The only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry access from one village base, it has become a true ski mecca and synonymous with backcountry adventure.
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“This is the perfect event for us because it showcases all we have to offer – our diverse terrain, excellent conditions and all the challenging vertical and features they could event want” says Revelstoke Mountain Resort General Manager Rob Elliott.

On average, the mountain’s peak receives roughly 30-45 ft. of the fluffy stuff every year. For those in search of the white room, the high altitude and location in BC’s Interior Selkirk Mountains brings some of the most consistent quality snow in the region.

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There’s nothing more important than impressing your friends, and that is exactly what the premier field of 15 men and 5 women will do throughout the peer-judged event as athletes aim to raise the bar of backcountry freestyle progression.  Following each run, competitors will evaluate one another on performance basing scores on style, speed and technique.

Spread across three powder-laden days, the competition focuses on several distinct ski disciplines including backcountry slopestyle, big mountain, cliffs and alpine touring in order to find the best all-around freeskier. Each day of competition will focus on one specific discipline, with a new emphasis on the ski touring component that will see athletes traversing to different areas of the mountain in the shortest possible time. Athletes will now be able to accumulate more points through the touring portion, helping to offset potentially lower scores in other disciplines that might not be their strong suit.

PARTNERSHIPS   

Red Bull is excited to have the support of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing and the The Sutton Place Hotel. In addition, for Red Bull Cold Rush 2015, Red Bull is excited to announce partnership with The North Face, official host of the ‘Big Mountain’ day of competition.  

About Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Since 2007, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) has offered the most vertical in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft.) of lift-accessed terrain, 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, 2 high alpine bowls, and 65 named runs including legendary glades and phenomenal groomers. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base. Across our group of companies that include RMR, Revelstoke Cat Skiing and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, skiers and snowboarders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain. For all the latest news, visit www.revelstokemountainresort.com.

About The North Face

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.

About The Red Bull Signature Series

The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive action sports property in the world, featuring best-in-class events such as Frozen Rush, Joyride, Rampage, Straight Rhythm, Mint 400 and Volcom Pipe Pro. These represent a collection of the most innovative snowboarding, skiing, surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding, motorsports and BMX events on custom courses inspired by the athltes themselves.

What’s New for Winter at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Mountain Operations has been busy this summer!

There’s always room for improvement where skiing terrain is concerned, and our Trail Crew has worked hard to develop terrain on all sides of the mountain. With extensive glading and regular brushing, exciting new areas and old favourites will be ready to shred on Opening Day.

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We’ve expanded glading on Southside, doubling the size of Tally-Ho Glades.

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We’ve straightened Chopper, improving its flow. We’ve also expanded glading in the Glades of Glory, greatly improving skiing quality and increased ease-of-access from the Ripper Connector.

The BCA Avalanche Ranch is a new and improved transceiver-testing area at the top of the Gondola to hone backcountry skills and avalanche awareness.

Enjoy our new retail concept with ski boots, a specialty BCA backcountry area, and softgoods all under one roof. Bootfitting and custom foodbeds will also be available in retail to fix pressure points and save your ski day.

Opening day is Saturday, November 29. See you this winter!

Black & White Dynamic Landscapes

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Intrigued by his Black and White images of Yosemite, Ansel Adams created an addiction which came to consume the greater part of my childhood. I would marvel at his meticulous compositions, note his subtle thoughts within the frame, and always dream of the dynamic nature of his lighting. I always wondered if I would find a place as visually dynamic and aesthetically untouched as the Yosemite that Adams found when he so graciously documented it. I believe Revelstoke provides that outlet for my imagination to wander.

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The images above and below were not captured on rigorous backcountry trips nor were they meticulously planned, rather, each image is found on a trip down the mountain or a stroll around town. If you are a landscape photographer looking for fresh, wild, and rugged landscapes with dramatic weather to accompany, Revelstoke is your next destination.

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Written and photographed by David Jackson. David is a freelance photojournalist covering stories across Canada. His background is in Journalism and his heart is firmly rooted in adventure. To view more of his work, please visit his pages: BlogWebsiteInstagramFacebook.

Vote for Revelstoke Mountain Resort in the Ski Town Throwdown

ski_and_ski_2013“Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.”

Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts North America’s greatest vertical at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft). The resort offers 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, high alpine bowls, renowned gladed terrain, and endless groomers. It is also the only resort world-wide to offer lift, cat, heli, and backcountry skiing from one village base.

As Revelstoke Mountain Resort heads into its 7th season of operations, the resort will open at the end of November (tentatively set to open on November 30, 2013).

SPH_Revelstoke_ExteriorIn mid-winter 2012, The Sutton Place Hotel was introduced to what was previously known as the Nelsen Lodge. The third phase of the luxury condo-hotel was completed in February 2012, almost doubling the occupancy with an additional 107 condo-hotel rooms (total 222). With the new phase, a brand new outdoor, year-round pool, and hot tubs opened to hotel guests as well as a spacious, fully-equipped fitness studio while expanded services to the hotel included a wine & cheese guest reception, dedicated concierge, après-ski yoga sessions, and child care.

Revelstoke Mountain ResortUpon completion, the Resort will offer more than 20 lifts and over 100 ski and snowboard runs, transforming the area into a world-class destination. The four-season resort will include over 5,000 new housing units (1,500 resort condominiums, 2,000 hotel suites, 850 townhomes, and 550 single-family lots), as well as more than 500,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, plus a resort-style golf course.

On-mountain, the Turtle Creek Beginner Area and Tube Park opened for the first time in January 2012 and was well received by guests of all ages. The Kids’ Revelstoke Outdoors Centre, activity centre and snow school also in its inaugural year, was a great success and made good use of the new base area beginner slope. Introductory snowmaking on the lower mountain made a significant difference in the quality of the snow base and its longevity, enhancing the ski experience on lower mountain trails and the new Turtle Creek Beginner Area & Tube Park.

To enhance the Revelstoke Mountain Resort experience, the following additional features will be available for the 2013/2014 winter season:

  • Improved Ninja Traverse – The Ninja Traverse has been Sumo Sized! They’ve widened and groomed this trail to provide an easy and smooth return to the base of the Stoke Chair.
  • 007 Upgrade – 007 has been remodeled with a cut-through run to improve access to Mid-Mountain Lodge.
  • Snowmaking – Upgraded to improve lower mountain skiing and Village access.
  • Better Beginner Terrain – Greenhorn and The Last Spike have been widened and realigned from top to bottom for improved skiing. In addition, a widened access trail provides more green skiing options on Lower Mountain.
  • Faster Opening – New bomb tram installed at the Sweet Spot entrance to North Bowl to provide faster opening times on powder days.
  • Run Additions – Two new runs are being developed off the Stoke Chair.
  • Glades Galore! – Tasty Glades and Rollercoaster area (now Tally-Ho Glades) have been aggressively gladed for similar spacing to The Ripper glades. The Stoke base has improved visibility and access.
  • Mid-Mountain Lodge is now “Revelation Lodge” – New management has brought new menu options to Revelation Lodge.
  • Wino Renamed “The Village Tavern” – Reimagined for 2013 / 2014, enjoy a new après experience at the Resort Village Base.
  • Snowshoe Tours – Available daily from the top of the Gondola!
  • Calgary Shuttle – Dedicated shuttle bus operations all winter from Calgary International Airport (YYC).
  • FREE Family Fun – Free tubing all winter for Season Pass holders. They’re also continuing the Tot/Chaperone program which provides parents with a complimentary lift ticket when skiing with children aged 5 and under.

RMR1In November’s issue of Powder Magazine, they ranked the top 64 places to ski powder in North America based on Powder Per Person (or P3), which took into account things like vertical, snowfall, and skiable acreage. These rankings were used as a way to seed each of the 16 ski areas per region in a 64-team March Madness-style bracket, called Ski Town Throwdown.

The initial evaluation was done by Powder Magazine, using the P3 rating, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort easily made it past the first round. But now your help is needed to beat Whitewater in Nelsen, BC – they won the final competition last year and it’s going to be close to beat them in the next round of voting! Round 2 voting happens for 24 hours only and is on Halloween – October 31.

To vote, go to Facebook.com/PowderMag on October 31 and vote for Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Mark your calendars!