[Update - Our Ed in Chief just kicked us in the spuds for being so young and not knowing anything that happened in snowboarding pre-2000. Turns out this kind of thing has been built before at least once, memorably in Jason Brown's part from Technical Difficulties. Go HERE and skip to 11 minutes in to see a back-to-back-to-back pipe in all its glory. And then, in the Eds words, "watch that whole damn movie you ignorant kids".]
Red Bull and SPT will build a pretty crazy looking 'double pipe' in Aspen on March 19th - 23rd in Aspen.
Spines have been around in transition skateboarding for ages and this new event from Red Bull is definitely an example of a setup that we're kind of amazed hasn't been done already. The idea is super simple: take a halfpipe and stick another one right next to it so that instead of having just two walls, you get four that you can transfer between.
Add a bunch of jibs to it and you end up with a setup right out of SSX 3. Undoubtedly some rad tricks will go down on this thing and we're excited to see it in action - just be sure to hit the transition when boosting off the spine so you don't end up sending it to flat...
We're pretty hyped that halfpipe design is being mixed up this season, and along with Terje Haakonsen's vision for the new Arctic Challenge halfpipe, 2014 could very well be the year that pipe contests are redefined for good.
Check out more details for the event in the full press release below:
Aspen, Colo. (March 4, 2014) – On March 19-23rd, the world’s best snowboarders will descend on Aspen, Colorado to try their hand on a halfpipe (or two) that is unlike anything ever seen before. 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.comand www.redbull.com/snow for updates on other snowboarding athletes, events and projects in the world of Red Bull.