Red Bull Cold Rush Returns With Stacked Roster

Pettit, Sage, Backstrom to join 20 of the world’s best skiers in Revelstoke February 3 to 6

Riley Leboe shoveling away on January 9 to build the slopestyle venue for the Red Bull Cold Rush at Revelstoke, B.C. PHOTO: Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool
Riley Leboe shoveling away on January 9 to build the slopestyle venue for the Red Bull Cold Rush at Revelstoke, B.C. PHOTO: Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

The Red Bull Cold Rush stands alone, not just for the unique peer-judged big mountain, slopestyle, and touring competition format, but for the stacked list of 20 skiers—as diverse a lineup as Sammy Carlson to Chris Rubens, Michelle Parker to Suz Graham—that the event is attracting to Revelstoke, British Columbia, when it returns in February after a two-year hiatus.

Red Bull announced today the invite-only roster of 15 men and five women who RSVP’d to compete in the first Cold Rush since the event left Silverton, Colorado, in 2012. The list was handpicked by Red Bull and includes both veterans and new guys, skiers oriented towards sending technical lines and hitting huge park jumps, athletes whose strength is geared towards throwing 3s off 20-foot cliffs and climbing a skin track deep into the wilderness.

“I’m excited to have the ski touring part back, give the older guys a chance,” says competitor and Revelstoke local Chris Rubens.

Riley Leboe and Tatum Monod check out the build progress. PHOTO: Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool
Riley Leboe and Tatum Monod check out the build progress. PHOTO: Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

The competition seeks not only to push the athletes out of their comfort zone, but also to find the most well-rounded skiers in the world. Following each event—big mountain, slopestyle, cliffs, and touring—competitors will evaluate one another on performance, with scores based on style, speed, and technique. Winners will be awarded a chunk of the $36,000 prize purse.

“I’m psyched that it’s coming back,” says Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, who competed in past Cold Rush comps at Red Mountain and Retallack, British Columbia, and Silverton, Colorado. “There’s really only a couple of these contests in skiing that are based around powder and having the best conditions and this is one of them.”

Of the four events, slopestyle—Cold Rush style, mixing manmade jumps with backcountry features—will be the highlight of the week. Competitor Riley Leboe, who is based out of Vernon, British Columbia, took the lead on building the course. After scoping locations out of a heli in December, Leboe took a crew of six people, armed them with shovels, and spent a week in mid-January logging eight- to 10-hour days to build the slopestyle jumps and features, which will be held in Revelstoke’s cat-skiing terrain.

“There’s really only a couple of these contests in skiing that are based around powder and having the best conditions and this is one of them.”

“We wanted to take what we do everyday in the backcountry, as far as backcountry jumps go, and do that on steroids,” says Leboe. “If we were out filming, we’d take a few hours to build a jump six-feet wide. Here we had a big crew, and we made the jumps the width of a snow cat. Everything is way bigger. We have to send 20 people off these jumps two or three times… I took all of my experience building stuff in the backcountry and put it up on a bigger scale.”

With support from fellow invited athletes, including Rubens, Dane Tudor, and Tatum Monod, Leboe designed a slopestyle course that feature three tiers of jumps, with options from hip jumps to step-overs to traditional tabletops, amidst the natural cliffs, wind lips, cornices, and other playful features Revelstoke is known for.

“I want to ski the best that I can and put down a winning run ultimately,” Leboe said. “At the same time, you want to see your buddies ski their best…That’s going to bring out the best skiing in the competition, everyone just pushing each other.”

Shovel in hand, Leboe's crew builds the features for the slopestyle course. PHOTO: Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool
Shovel in hand, Leboe’s crew builds the features for the slopestyle course. PHOTO: Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull’s Chosen Few:

MALE
Bene Mayr (GER)
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (USA)
Sean Pettit (CAN)
Dane Tudor (CAN)
Sammy Carlson (USA)
Chris Rubens (CAN)
Kye Petersen (CAN)
Riley Leboe (CAN)
Callum Pettit (CAN)
Wiley Miller (USA)
Logan Pehota (CAN)
Richard Permin (FRA)
Johnny Collinson (USA)
Stan Rey (SWZ)
Joe Schuster (CAN)

FEMALE
Tatum Monod (CAN)
Michelle Parker (USA)
Ingrid Backstrom (USA)
Grete Eliassen (USA)
Suz Graham (USA)