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Eliassen and Pettit Crowned Champs at Red Bull's Cold Rush

Grete Eliassen and Sean Pettit were crowned overall champions in Silverton, CO. Here are the photos from the event.

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When all the snow settled, it was Canada’s Sean Pettit who took the overall crown.  On the Big Mountain day, Pettit charged a fast line taking air…

When all the snow settled, it was Canada’s Sean Pettit who took the overall crown. On the Big Mountain day, Pettit charged a fast line taking air multiple times on the way down and sent a large, slow 360 off the lower windlip. Pettit backed it up with smooth style, including a huge, slow rotated switch cork 540 during the Slopestyle discipline.

Ultimately, Pettit’s unwavering amplitude and ability to stick landings on the Cliffs day, including a 360 off a 70-foot rock face, put him on top of…

Ultimately, Pettit’s unwavering amplitude and ability to stick landings on the Cliffs day, including a 360 off a 70-foot rock face, put him on top of the field and solidified his repeat performance as Red Bull Cold Rush champion. “I don’t have words to describe winning,” Pettit said. “People went crazy this year and I still can’t believe I came out on top.”

On the women’s side, it was Salt Lake City’s Grete Eliassen who captured the crown as overall champion of Red Bull Cold Rush. Eliassen took a tight…

On the women’s side, it was Salt Lake City’s Grete Eliassen who captured the crown as overall champion of Red Bull Cold Rush. Eliassen took a tight entrance into the couloir and showed control down the steep lines to kick off the first Big Mountain day. She followed it up with a clean 720 off the big step down on Slopestyle day, and then stuck two solid runs including a huge 360 off a 30-foot cliff and a really technical line with mandatory air through a tight chute on the final Cliffs day. “This is the biggest competition of the year for me, because this is the kind of skiing I love to do,” Eliassen said. “I focused all my training on Cold Rush and to win it is awesome.”

Comprised of an incredible natural amphitheater, Colorado's Silverton Mountain saw skiing on a whole new level today during the kick off of the 5th…

Comprised of an incredible natural amphitheater, Colorado’s Silverton Mountain saw skiing on a whole new level today during the kick off of the 5th Red Bull Cold Rush event. After four successful years in British Columbia, Canada, the move to the San Juan Mountain in the U.S. proved to be a huge success with steep lines, narrow couloirs, and deep pow welcoming the athletes.

Photo: Leo Ahrens drops in.

 

What does it take to mitigate avalanche danger on a mountain like Silverton? Aaron Brill takes you inside the daily snow safety operations.

 

Yesterday, last year’s men’s winner Sean Pettit arrived in Silverton for the very first time. “Obviously I’m thrilled to be at Cold Rush this year,”…

Yesterday, last year’s men’s winner Sean Pettit arrived in Silverton for the very first time. “Obviously I’m thrilled to be at Cold Rush this year,” Pettit said. “I’m really stoked to a have a venue change. I rolled into town today and had heard about Silverton Mountain’s terrain; but seeing it in person, I’m really impressed.”

Dave Treadway
Tuesday, the athletes will venture into the “Mando” area at Silverton Mountain where legendary freeskier Pep Fujas has spent two weeks with a 14-man…

Tuesday, the athletes will venture into the “Mando” area at Silverton Mountain where legendary freeskier Pep Fujas has spent two weeks with a 14-man crew sculpting four large jumps that will encompass the Slopestyle portion of the event.

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Second place in last year’s Cold Rush, Grete Eliassen took a tight entrance into the 3rd Pequeno couloir and ticked off another solid run. “Some of…

Second place in last year’s Cold Rush, Grete Eliassen took a tight entrance into the 3rd Pequeno couloir and ticked off another solid run. “Some of the women threw down on a level I think was comparable to the men,” Silverton Mountain’s owner Aaron Brill said. “That was really great to see.”

“Honestly, backflips are easier for me to throw,” says the chick who also works as a stunt-double.

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Notable performances came from Dane Tudor, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, 16-year old Logan Pehota and Dave Treadway. Finishing second in the 2010 Red Bull…

Notable performances came from Dane Tudor, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, 16-year old Logan Pehota and Dave Treadway. Finishing second in the 2010 Red Bull Cold Rush, Treadway linked a route down a face on The Gnar Couloir no other competitor ventured into. It included significant exposure and a mandatory 50+foot air out at the bottom.

Competitors will review video shot of everyone’s runs nightly at the historic Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton and will place a secret vote for who…

Competitors will review video shot of everyone’s runs nightly at the historic Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton and will place a secret vote for who they think performed the best. Results will be tallied at the end of the three-stage competition to determine an overall men’s and women’s winner.

For videos, photos, athlete lists, updates, and more, visit redbullusa.com/coldrush.

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