Get ready for the return of Red Bull Cold Rush

The biggest show in backcountry skiing returns to Canada for 2016 with an all-new voting element.
Collin Collins at Red Bull Cold Rush in 2012
Collin Collins at Red Bull Cold Rush in 2012 © Ian Fohrman / Red Bull Content Pool
By Geoff Padmore & Charlie Grinnell

After a three-year hiatus and a cancellation in 2015, Red Bull Cold Rush is back and more determined than ever.

Fusing the disciplines of backcountry slopestyle, big mountain, cliffs, and alpine ski touring, Red Bull Cold Rush will return to Canada from February 2-5, 2016 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia.

The 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 in a peer-judged format to the most versatile, well-rounded athletes. This year, fans will also be brought into the action with an all new ‘People’s Choice Award’ that will be determined by online voting in the week following the contest.

Plans to bring back the event in 2015 were cut short by a less than ideal snow season that saw the first Red Bull Cold Rush since the 2012 contest in Colorado being put on hold.

While relying on the weather can be frustrating, it also highlights the uniqueness of the event; a big mountain spectacle that truly depends on the good graces of nature. There are no carefully groomed runs, elaborate scaffolding, or cooling systems that would allow a more controlled contest to run in temperatures on the plus side of zero (Celsius).

Instead, it is a contest of athlete versus nature in its purest form. With already over 300cm of snowfall in advance of Revelstoke’s opening day on November 28, Mother Nature looks set to deliver in 2016.

Sean Pettit at Red Bull Cold Rush in 2012
Sean Pettit at Red Bull Cold Rush in 2012 © Mike Arzt / Red Bull Content Pool

With an all 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.

The fact that this amazing event is coming back to Canada just gets me all fired up! 

– Sean Pettit

The chosen ones: Athlete list
Assembling the best of the best in freestyle skiing, the invitation-only event selects 16 men and 5 women from around the world to participate. The RSVPs were quick, and the competitors have been confirmed. Introducing your 2016 Red Bull Cold Rush athletes so far:

Mike Henitiuk
Dave Treadway
Sean Pettit
Dane Tudor
Sammy Carlson
Alexi Godbout
Callum Pettit
Kye Petersen
Riley Leboe
Wiley Miller
Colston VB
Greg Hope
Johnny Collinson
Stan Rey
Joe Schuster
Josh BIbby

Tatum Monod
Angel Collinson
Lexi Dupont
Suz Graham
Leah Evans

Pep Fujas in action at Red Bull Cold Rush in 2012
Pep Fujas at Red Bull Cold Rush in 2012 © Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Power to the people: ‘People's Choice Award’
This year, fans of Red Bull Cold Rush will have a chance to participate in the action for the first time through an all-new ‘People’s Choice Award’ category, allowing them to vote for their favourite rider online.

Following the contest, fans will be able to check out video highlights from each athlete on to cast their vote from February 8-10, with winners announced on February 11. More details on voting will be released in January 2016.

In addition to the new ‘People’s Choice Award’, Red Bull Cold Rush will continue it’s tradition as a a peer-judged competition – after all, there’s nothing more important than impressing your friends.

Spread across three days, the event focuses on four distinct ski disciplines including backcountry slopestyle, big mountain, cliffs and alpine touring in order to find the best all-around freeskier.

When the contest wraps, athletes have a chance to sit together to review videos from the three days of competition to cast their votes and evaluate one another based on style, speed and technique.

Make sure to follow @RedBullCanada on Twitter and @RedBullCanada on Instagram to stay up to date with everything #ColdRush2016.

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