The competitors reviewed all their runs, the votes are tallied and the athletes have spoken in the peer-judged Red Bull Cold Rush competition. Dane Tudor and Rachael Burks have been named Best Overall Men’s and Women’s skiers, respectively. Pep Fujas and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa were voted second and third in the Men’s competition while Jackie Paaso and Michelle Parker came in secnd and third in the Women’s competition.
Originally scheduled as a three-day event, the day three Cliffs competition at Red Bull Cold Rush unfortunately had to be cancelled following an avalanche in the zone that ripped out the much-needed snow pack for a safe competition.
Even after all the proper controls by the team at Silverton Mountain, Mother Nature prevailed as six weeks of heavy snowfall, a recent dump and some wind loading caused the slope to slide. The competitors were instead treated to a day of freeskiing before gathering to view everyone’s Big Mountain and Slopestyle runs to determine the winners.
Tudor owned the Big Mountain day as he dropped into the Pequeño chute, launching a quick air off a rock and blasting through the Hourglass section of the course before launching a huge 25-plus-foot rock chute dubbed the Broom Closet. On the Slopestyle day he threw down a super clean line with a tailgrab off the Mine Cart rail, a super stylie 720 and a switch 540 off the Castle jump to earn the respect of his fellow competitors.
“I’m just super stoked,” said Tudor following his win. “Everyone out here kills it, so to be on top at Red Bull Cold Rush is just awesome. I’m really hyped as I’m heading up to Alaska this week, so carrying this win up there is gonna make it a great time.”
On the Women’s side, Rachael Burks stomped the biggest line of the Big Mountain day, dropping into the Grande and dropping a rocky section before heading skier’s right into an even bigger cliff drop. During the Slopestyle competition, Burks put together a clean line airing off the step-up and transferring over the knuckle before sending the biggest backflip of the day off the Castle jump.
“It’s the biggest honor and I’m so stoked that I don’t really have words,” Burks said. “I’ve never been on a number-one podium but to be on the podium at Red Bull Cold Rush is the biggest deal in the whole world. I’m just elated.”
Once the trophies were handed out, the cover band Metal Gods took the stage and about shook the walls off the 130-year old Grand Imperial Hotel. The after-party went well into the night before the crowd said farewell until next year’s Red Bull Cold Rush.
While the athletes completed voting for the Best Overall Men’s and Women’s skier, fans can still vote for their favorite competitor from now until March 26th. Vote here for the Red Bull Cold Rush People’s Choice Award (vote on both the Day 1 and Day 2 videos), the winner of which will collect $1,000.
To see all the highlights from Red Bull Cold Rush, tune into the Red Bull Signature Series on NBC on March 24th at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. PST.
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