After a day of cliff hucks, spine skimming and chute shredding — aka what athletes like Sean Pettit call Monday at the office — the competitors of the Red Bull Cold Rush kicked Tuesday off with the Mandatory Air run on Silverton Mountain. It was there, that the athletes encountered the two custom built features and four jumps that would serve as their obstacles for day two. Fortunately for the men and women competing for the title of “best skier in the world” Mother Nature was gracious enough to supply the plush landings and blue bird skies — leaving the athletes free to concentrate on throwing down some massive hits.
Pep Fujas continued to embrace his first Cold Rush experience and had no problem being the first skier to take on the Mine Cart rail feature, then followed it up with a gigantic 360 off the Mando Mine jump. Seventeen year old Logan Pehota skied with the wisdom of a veteran sending it huge with a 720 off the hip. Reigning two year champ Sean Pettit nearly set a new distance record with a switch 540 that covered some serious ground.
Andy Mahre ended up being the only athlete able to conquer the Mine Cart rail, and spun a 270 off of it to show whose boss. Wiley Miller and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa each received A’s for creativity with Wiley throwing out a super styling nose butter to 720 off the cornice while Sage out-did the crowd by being the only athlete to hit four features in a single run!
On the women’s side of the competition Rachael Burks came out of the gates with a squeaky clean line, catching air off the step-up and then transferring over the knuckle prior to sending a monstrous backflip off the Castle jump that was unmatched by any of the day’s competitors. Jackie Paaso busted out a 50/50 on the Mine Cart rail, spun a 360 off the Mondo Mine jump and finished up with a nice front flip off the Castle Jump.
Proving once again why Cold Rush is an athlete-favorite, the day concluded with a special finale. Once the day’s competition wrapped the athletes were heli lifted back up to the top of the course where they all dropped in together for a massive free run. Truly, the definition of epic!
Athletes will begin the voting process for the best overall male and female skier tomorrow. Fans get the opportunity to submit their choice starting today! To enter your vote, head to www.redbullusa.com/coldrush. The voting period will continue through March 24th when the Red Bull Cold Rush will be aired nation-wide on NBC at 1pm EST/10am PST. While the athletes will be the ones to crown their new King and Queen of Ski for the next year, the People’s Choice award will earn whomever accumulates the most votes an additional $1,000 bonus for winning your affection. Voting officially opens today and concludes on March 26th.