Red Bull announced plans to host its signature ski event Cold Rush at Revelstoke Mountain Resort this winter.
The energy drink and media company is giving the event another shot after weather and poor snow conditions prevented the 2015 event from taking off.
Red Bull Cold Rush is scheduled for Feb. 2–5, 2016, at RMR. The event will see 21 of the the top freeskiers in the world take part in a combination of big mountain skiing, backcountry slopestyle, cliff jumping, and ski touring.
“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,” stated Red Bull in a news release. “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.”
The event hasn’t been held since the 2012 edition in Silverton, Colorado. Last winter it was scheduled for February at RMR, only to be postponed when unseasonably warm weather played havoc with snow conditions in the backcountry. It was re-scheduled for late-March, however once again the weather didn’t cooperate and the competition was canceled.
This year’s Cold Rush will see the four events take place over three days. Skiers will be judged on speed, style and technique. The athletes will judge each other, and the fans will have a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Sixteen men and five women will compete for the $36,000 in prize money. They are:
Watch the highlights of the 2012 Red Bull Cold Rush here: