2013 Red Bull Ultra Natural
Naturally On Top
Gigi Rf, from left, took top honors, followed by Nicolas Mller in second and Bryan Fox third in Travis Rice's Red Bull Ultra Natural backcountry snowboarding contest.
Behold the Ultra Natural course, viewed from the bottom, on the "Scary Cherry" run at Baldface Lodge in Nelson, British Columbia.
Terje Haakonsen, Mark McMorris, Torstein Horgmo, Sal Masekela, Jussi Oksanen. No, not a heavy lineup at all.
Travis Rice does some last-minute jump shaping on the snow-covered platforms that pepper Baldface's "Scary Cherry" run in British Columbia. More than 80 features were built into the 45-degree slope.
Ultra Natural visionary Travis Rice with style masters Pat Moore and Torstein Horgmo.
Switzerland's Nicolas Mller took second overall and won the Best Trick Award for a mute air over a tree.
Raise the Rüf
Gigi Rf on his way to winning the Red Bull Ultra Natural.
Tom Burt's final jump tally of the three winning runs at the Red Bull Ultra Natural.
If you're going to have to judge a group of the world's best snowboarders on style, you better bring in some judges whose opinions on the matter are beyond reproach. What, would you argue with Jamie Lynn?
Mark McMorris finished at the bottom of the 18-man competition last year. This year, he won another wild-card entry when he won gold in Slopestyle at X Games Aspen, came back to Baldface and finished sixth -- earning himself an invite back to next year's competition.
Best Laid Plans
DCP and Nicolas Mller map out their first run on the map in the riders' tent at the top of the course, and discuss plans for run 2.