Set your DVR to record the Red Bull Signature Series on March 24 at 11 a.m. MST, when NBC will air footage from the Red Bull Cold Rush freeskiing competition. The event concluded yesterday at Silverton Mountain, and the photos and video teasers from the last two days have us eager to see it in all its glory. On Monday, competitors faced off in deep-powder conditions for the Big Mountain portion of the event, just hours after an avalanche on a portion of the competition course. Yesterday, it was on to the Slopestyle competition, with some massive man-made features to put some of the world's best freeskiers to the test (photos, videos, and highlights after the jump). The third portion of the event, known as Cliff Day, was scheduled for today but has been canceled given the unpredictable snow conditions. "A day after dropping cliffs, spines and chutes, the competitors made their way over to the Mandatory Air run on Silverton Mountain, where two custom built features and four jumps beckoned their arrival," reports Red Bull Media house spokesman Ryan Snyder. "Both the men and women brought their A-game as virgin landings and blue skies made for a perfect day on course."
Results won't be announced until after the athletes have voted later today and after the People's Choice votes are tallied (vote online at www.RedBullUSA.com/ColdRush), but here's a brief recap, via Red Bull Media House:
"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. 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. 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.
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."
Here's the Day One voting video from the Big Mountain portion of the event: