A day filled with unstable snow conditions forced Red Bull Cold Rush competitors to rethink their lines after an early morning avalanche took out a third of the Big Mountain venue. Following several safety runs to check snow stability, the rest of the snowpack was deemed skiable and the athletes were heli-lifted to the top of the course.
On the Men’s side, some of the standouts included runs by Dane Tudor, Andy Mahre, Dave Treadway, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Logan Pehota. Tudor (pictured below) dropped into Pequeño launching a quick air off a rock and blasting through the Hourglass section of the course before launching a huge 20-plus-foot rock chute dubbed the Broom Closet.
Mahre also dropped into Pequeño lining up a super technical line threading multiple ledges and rock drops, then returned on his second run to do the entire line in the Grande switch. As usual, Treadway (pictured below) didn’t hold anything back, going full-speed through the Scarface spine and cliff section, taking a hard skier’s right before launching into the Broom Closet rock chute.
Cattabriga-Alosa linked a line filled with double rock drops, chutes and multiple airs to impress the other competitors. Young gun Pehota (pictured at top) stuck rock hits, fast spine lines and a clean air through the Broom Closet to make his mark on the mountain.
On the Women’s side, Jackie Paaso went for redemption this year and didn’t hold anything back as she dropped into the Grande and headed straight to a 25-plus-foot cliff drop, while Michelle Parker also dropped into the Grande, hitting multiple rock drops under Storm Peak along the way.
Tomorrow all the competitors will head out to the aptly-named Mandatory Air run to take part in the Slopestyle competition.
Don't forget to tune in to the one-hour TV show airing on NBC on Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST to catch all of the action as part of the Red Bull Signature Series programming block.