For the first time ever, two competition-spec halfpipes will be constructed side-by-side, complete with rails, wallrides, channels and other unique features sprinkled throughout the custom built snow feature.
Located at the base of Buttermilk Mountain, the ‘double pipe' will allow riders to transfer back and forth between the two halfpipes in a single run, opening up an endless number of potential lines and combination of tricks that are not possible in traditional halfpipe contests. Riders will be judged not only on their technical abilities, but even more importantly, on their style, creativity and use of the course. The Red Bull Double Pipe contest will air on NBC, Saturday April 12th at 2pm EST, as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, and spectators are encouraged to attend the live contest at Buttermilk as the event will be free and open to the public.
Each halfpipe will be over 550' long, approximately 68' wide, and 22' tall with an approximate 4' wide spine located in between each pipe. Including the outside walls, the Red Bull Double Pipe will be 180' wide and over 550' long, making it the largest halfpipe feature built to date.
"Progression is a beautiful thing," says John Rigney, V.P. of Sales and Events, Aspen Skiing Company. "It's always incredibly exciting having the best athletes in the world competing here in Aspen/Snowmass, but to see this select group tackle an entirely new challenge at Buttermilk right here in our backyard is going to be amazing. We are proud to partner with Red Bull on another groundbreaking event."
The current superpipe located on Buttermilk Mountain will be closed to the public during the event construction efforts, but following the contest, the Red Bull Double Pipe will be open for the public to ride the same amazing course as the pros.
The Red Bull Double Pipe event format, schedule, and a complete list of riders will be announced shortly. In the meantime, please go to Redbull.com and www.redbull.com/snow for updates on other snowboarding athletes, events and projects in the world of Red Bull.