[GALLERY] 3rd Annual Red Bull Slope Soakers at Copper Mountain proves to be gnarliest pond skim ever

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With spring in full effect, it was time for the 3rd Annual Red Bull Slope Soakers: a day long “pond skim” that would prove to be the biggest and best one yet.

It would be another great day in Colorado with perfect blue skies, 50-degree temps, costumes galore and a four-pool setup that would have us gasping for air as we laughed, cringed and cheered the entire day.

The setup was a huge step up from last year’s Red Bull Slope Soakers as the crew at Copper come together to build a four pool setup. The first pool spanned the entire width of the course and with it three features: a huge wall ride, an up-flat-down box and a waterfall rail. The second and third pools would sit next to each other. The left side boasted a jump to lollipop bonk feature as well as an up pole that had water spraying out of it. The right side pool was raised about 4 to 5 feet and was dubbed the hot tub. Lastly, to finish off the course was yet another pool that spanned the width of the course and had two up rails coming out of the water that would claim just about everyone who hit it.

Awards, which included over $3,000 in various cash and prizes, were awarded for best costume, best crash (there were two), best trick and top 3 overall men’s and women’s runs for both snowboard and ski. Best costume when to “Bat Cat”, a cross between your favorite furry animal and Batman. Best crash went to a sit-skier who exploded off of the huge second pool jump and came away with some sort of broken hand/wrist (kudos to you good sir). And best trick went to last year’s best trick winner for a wall ride to backflip.

Big thanks and a shout out to Red Bull and Copper Mountain for putting on another Slope Soakers event as well as supporting sponsors Woodward at Copper and Sol Republic.

For a glimpse of the shenanigans that went down, check out the gallery above.