The paucity of snow this winter has claimed another victim.
The Red Bull Cold Rush, a freeski event that was set to take place at Revelstoke Mountain Resort from March 23–26, has been cancelled due to poor snow conditions.
“This event requires deep powder snow to be a success,” said Scott Jewett, the event manager in a news release. “Safety for athletes and delivering a premium, progressive ski contest are our ultimate goals for Red Bull Cold Rush. Unfortunately, conditions will not allow for either.”
The news is disappointing but not entirely surprising given the ski conditions this year.
The event was supposed to take place in early February, but a series of warm and wet Pineapple Express systems, that were usually followed by freezes, forced organizers to postpone the event in the hopes the backcountry conditions would improve.
Instead, the last month has been mostly dry, with minimal new snow and a hard crust forming throughout the area.
As a result, Red Bull has chosen to cancel the event rather than hope for a return of winter.
This is the second winter in a row a marquee freeride event has been cancelled in Revelstoke. Last winter, the Freeride World Tour stop was postponed to March from December. It then had to be cancelled when the avalanche danger rose substantially the week of the event.