Red Bull loves bringing sports to where theyâ€™ve never been before, so on Thursday, February 5th, 16 of the worldâ€™s best snowboarders, iconic Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, freestyle / backcountry legend Travis Rice, ultra-progressive phenomenon Pat Moore, Burtonâ€™s Kevin Pearce, Mikkel Bang, Danny Davis, Kohei Kubo, Kazuhiro Kakubo, Nitro’s Andreas Wiig, DC’s Torstein Horgmo, Forum’s Jake Blauvelt and Greg Bretz, Romeâ€™s Bjorn Leines and Ride’s JJ Thomas will hit the slopes of New York City to battle it out for $100,000 in prize money.
How will they hold a snowboarding competition in a city without slopes?
Easy: Theyâ€™ll build their own.
The monster backcountry-style mountain, which will tower more than 90 feet above the ground, features a huge hill, a three-story, step-up style landing ramp, and three different kinds of snow. Having trouble picturing what 90 feet looks like? Hereâ€™s a sneak peak of the ramp being set up:
For reference, each of those colored boxes is a shipping container, and there are 10 levels of them holding up the structure.
If youâ€™re in New York, this is a canâ€™t miss event, but if you canâ€™t make it in person, you can still catch it live on Go211.com, or on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 15th.
[Photo Via: TheJamesC]