Eighteen of the world’s best snowboarders are settling into Baldface Lodge tonight (after a curling session, pictured above), as the holding period for Red Bull Supernatural begins. On only one day between today and February 8th, the 18 riders will be the first to drop into Travis Rice’s dream snowboard run, competing to find out who is the best all-around snowboarder on the planet.
Red Bull Supernatural is a first-of-its-kind, backcountry snowboard competition, challenging riders’ big mountain, freeride, slopestyle and big air talents all in one spectacular run.
"Scary Cherry,” the run in Baldface’s tenure that’s been enhanced to host Red Bull Supernatural, features a variety of slope angles and natural features. It starts off with an extremely steep, over-40 degree-slope angle providing big-mountain terrain before tapering to 35 degrees where most of the 80+ wooden platforms and other features have been built.
Midway through it flattens out into a bench, providing the perfect location for Rice’s dream 300-foot-wide kicker with a fresh powder landing zone. After the kicker, the slope drops to a 30-degree pitch where esteemed terrain park builder J.P. Martin, working with Rice for inspiration, planted a garden of innovative slopestyle features.
“Inspiration for the course design came from nature, straight up, and the crazy features that I’ve seen people ride,” Rice explains. “You have to have terrain that compliments freestyle riding on all-mountain terrain, which is why we built this course from scratch. There’s no limit on what is possible with a little creativity and some will.”
The rider list features the additions of wild card winners Mark McMorris and Sage Kotsenburg, both 18 years old and global slopestyle leaders. Also this week, Canadian Mark Sollors has been confirmed to replace Wolfgang Nyvelt, who was forced to drop out due to injury.
Red Bull Supernatural Confirmed Rider List:
- David Carrier-Porcheron CAN
- Devun Walsh CAN
- Eero Niemela FIN
- Gigi Ruff AUT
- Jake Blauvelt USA
- John Jackson USA
- Kazu Kokubo JPN
- Lucas Debari USA
- Mark Carter USA
- Mark Landvik USA
- Nicolas Müller SUI
- Erik Jackson USA
- Scotty Lago USA
- Terje Håkonsen NOR
- Travis Rice USA
- Mark Sollors CAN
- Mark McMorris CAN
- Sage Kotsenburg USA
- McMorris and Kotsenburg named as wildcards
- Red Bull Supernatural course build gallery
- Rice comes up big at TW SNOW Riders' Poll Awards
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