First of all, I'd like to thank Red Bull for putting together one of the greatest events in all of skiing! Their production, planning, and organization was really Impressive. It's so great to see a company like Red Bull supporting this type of skiing in such a huge way. Also, I'd really like to thank the staff at Retallack Lodge. They did such an outstanding job accommodating this rowdy bunch of skiers. The food, hospitality, and environment was on another level! I truly believe that Retallack Lodge has transformed the Cold Rush from a contest into something more of a festival, celebrating the joy of skiing in the mountains with your friends. BIG THANKS!!!!!
My experience with the Cold Rush began when I received a phone call, asking if I could make it up to fill the position of an athlete who got injured. I knew I had a to take care of a few things at home, but how am I going to pass up this opportunity? The next day I was on my way to beautiful british columbia, my new favorite place on earth. I've never been involved with anything like this before, so I was completely humbled to even be considered for this event.
The Red Bull Cold Rush is a contest to see who is the best all around, mountain skier. The venues included the beautiful north face of Texas peak with all of her various alpine descents, a kicker zone with 7 different jumps that all had powder landings, and the PME cliff section which was a short, technical face with unlimited potential. The terrain at Retallack is absolutely ideal for such an event. I wish that I had more time to prepare for this, as I skied far to conservatively to be considered a contender for the top spots. My position in the final results (7th), meant very little in comparison to my excitement for being a part of such an amazing event. To me, it was all about experiencing all that the cold rush had to offer with a great group of people, at one of the greatest places on earth, RETALLACK!
So, here is a video I made with the goal of documenting the cold rush from a skiers perspective. I shot it using my 5D Mark II with a fisheye lens and a 50mm 1.8. I also used the GoPro HD mounted on my helmet. Even with all the camera men and photographers capturing the action, I still felt compelled to document it for myself. Enjoy! I know I did!