What happens when you take a perfectly good Olympic sized halfpipe, then cut out half of it? The answer is the Red Bull Cubed Pipe.
Simon Dumont, professional skier and world record holder for the highest air on a quarterpipe had an idea. Finally after years of planning, his idea got some Red Bull wings, per se. What began as a 22-foot tall, 550-foot long halfpipe turned into a series of take-off and landing areas with nothing else in between, lowering the margin of error for Dumont’s world famous big airs and tricks to zero. ”This is the most creative halfpipe I’ve ever filmed and it’s certainly the craziest thing I’ve ever done in a halfpipe,” said Dumont.
Built by Snow Park Technologies, who’s team has designed and built pipes at the Winter Olympic Games and the X Games, the “Cubed Pipe” features 10 individual cubes and it took over 720 hours to complete. That’s a lot of man/woman power!
Let’s take a quick look at the numbers behind the Red Bull Cubed Pipe:
- Total number of cubes = 10
- Total number of SPT staff = 9
- Total number of man hours to compete build = 720
- Total number of Red Bull cases consumed by staff = 6
- Total number of chain saws used to cut walls = 3
- Total number of self leveling lasers used = 2
- Cubic yards of snow needed to build the original halfpipe – 65,000
- Cubic yards of snow removed to create the cubes – 31,000
Total number of snow cats/implements used:
- 2 custom branded SPT Prinoth Snow Cats
- 1 Winch Snow Cat
- 1 Piston Bully
- 1 Troop Carrier
- 1 Goodman Rail Master
- 1 – 22′ Zaugg Halfpipe Cutter
“For almost 20 years I have been lucky enough to work on some of the coolest and innovative projects ever done on snow. For the Red Bull Cubed Pipe project, the recurring sound bite from everyone on our SPT crew is, “this is the wildest thing I have ever done with shaping snow”,” says Snow Park Technologies President Chris Gunnarson. “That goes for me too. I may use the following expression a fair amount but in this case…this really is some next level $h!t!!!”
I like you, Chris Gunnarson. You are a very good man. You too, Dumont!