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A day after dropping cliffs, spines and chutes, the competitors made their way over to the Mandatory Air run on Silverton Mountain on day two of Red Bull Cold Rush, where two custom built features and four jumps beckoned their arrival. Both the men and women brought their A-game as virgin landings and blue skies made for a perfect day on course.
Competitors get ready for Day 2 at Red Bull Cold Rush. Photo by Ian Fohrman
Pep Fujas stepped up early as the first skier to take-on the Mine Cart rail feature then followed it up with a giant 360 off the Mando Mine jump.
Pep Fujas is the first competitor to tackle the Mine Cart rail feature. Photo by Erik Seo
Other skiers to just go huge were 17-year old Logan Pehota with a massive 720 off the hip and Sean Pettit with a switch 540 that looked like he was trying to set a new distance record in the process. Andy Mahre was the only competitor to trick the Mine Cart rail as he spun 270 off.
Sean Pettit sends the biggest switch 540 of the day. Photo by Mike Arzt
Andy Mahre spins a 270 off the Mine Cart rail. Photo by Christian Pondella
And both Wiley Miller and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa showed their creativity as Wiley threw a stylish nose butter to 720 off the cornice while Sage was the only skier to hit four features in a single run.
Wiley Miller butters off the cornice into a 720. Photo by Ian Fohrman
Standouts on the women’s side included Rachael Burks as she 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. Jackie Paaso 50/50’d the Mine Cart rail, spun a 360 off the Mondo Mine jump and then followed it up with a front flip off the Castle jump.
Rachael Burks lays out a massive backflip. Photo by Christian Pondella
The fun didn’t end there though, as once the competition was over, the athletes were heli’d back to the top of the course where they all dropped in at the same time for a free run.
All competitors take a free run through the slopestyle course at the end of the day. Photo by Christian Pondella
While the athletes will begin voting for the best overall Men’s and Women’s skier tomorrow, fans can begin voting for their favorite competitor today. Go online at http://www.redbullusa.com/coldrush or tune-in March 24th to Red Bull Cold Rush airing nationally on NBC at 1pm EST/10am PST to vote for the athlete who you think laid down the sickest lines, threw the most bad ass tricks, and stomped the biggest landings during the competition. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will win an additional $1000 thanks to your vote. Voting begins today and continues through March 26th where the winner will be announced on the website.
Stay tuned for more coverage on the event, and to stay up-to-speed on all the latest Red Bull Cold Rush event info, go to http://www.redbullusa.com/coldrush. For fans in the U.S., tune-in March 24th to Red Bull Cold Rush airing nationally on NBC at 1pm EST/10am PST. The event airs as part of the new “Red Bull Signature Series”, the most progressive and innovative snowboarding, mountain biking, freestyle motocross, ice cross downhill, skiing and BMX events, showcased on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves. For more information, visit http://www.redbullsignatureseries.com.
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