Double halfpipe snowboard contest on tap | AspenTimes.com

Double halfpipe snowboard contest on tap

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
An artist's rendering shows the double pipe that will be built at Buttermilk for the upcoming Red Bull Double Pipe competition.
Rendering courtesy of Red Bull |

Two superpipes?

Yes, indeed.

The Red Bull Double Pipe contest is coming to Buttermilk.

The event, scheduled for March 19 through March 23, will feature a selection of the world’s top snowboarders, according to Red Bull.

The snowboarders will try their skills on a double halfpipe.

For the first time ever, two competition-spec halfpipes will be built side by side, complete with rails, wallrides, channels and other unique features throughout the custom-built snow feature.

The double pipe will allow riders to move back and forth between the two halfpipes in a single run.

Riders will be judged not only on their technical abilities but also on style, creativity and use of the course.

The contest will be packaged for a the Red Bull Double Pipe television program, set for NBC on Saturday, April 12, at noon Aspen time. It will be part of the Red Bull Signature Series. Spectators are invited to the live events, which will be free to the public.

“Progression is a beautiful thing,” said John Rigney, the vice president of sales and events for the Aspen Skiing Co. “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.”

Rigney and the Skico announced last month that they have extended the contract with ESPN for the Winter X Games in Aspen for five more years.

“We are proud to partner with Red Bull on another groundbreaking event,” Rigney said.

A second superpipe is being constructed adjacent to the superpipe that was used for the Winter X Games at Buttermilk.

“Are you kidding me? Two side-by-side halfpipes with transfers and options all over?” said Chris Gunnarson, president and founder of Snow Park Technologies, the leading designers and builders of snow parks, pipes and event courses aroiund the world. “This is the kind of thing that our team at SPT has been dreaming about, and only a company like Red Bull can bring something like this to life.”

Each halfpipe will be more than 550 feet long, 68 feet wide and 22 feet tall. There will be a 4-foot spine located between the pipes.

Including the outside walls, the Red Bull Double Pipe will be 180 feet wide and more than 550 feet long, making it the largest halfpipe feature ever built for competition.

“It’s one thing to design this concept on a computer, but the build plan for something this immense already has our heads spinning,” Gunnarson said. “It’s so rad to see a project like Red Bull Double Pipe break the mold with such a super progressive event on this scale.”

The Buttermilk superpipe, Government’s expert jump line and Spruce Park are closed at Buttermilk until further notice for the halfpipe construction and the event. There are still more than 100 park features at Buttermilk that are open to the public on Teaser, Uncle Chucks, Jacob’s Ladder and S3 on Red’s Rover run.

An intermediate jib line will be reopened on Spruce prior to and during the competition.

Buttermilk plans to have the double pipe open for public use after the event.

A list of riders for the event will be announced in the future by Red Bull.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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