Ready, set, JUMP.. and FREEZE!
Winter here is a cause for celebration, and while this season has been a stellar one, it’s no secret that the sun is lingering around a little longer each evening, and our days are warm enough that people are opting for sunnies over goggles. The beginning of Spring is here, and along with it comes the outrageously hilarious Red Bull Jump and Freeze. If you were here last year, you’d have seen the Queenstown legend Patrick Halgren throw some fluid freestyle whilst being chased by a blow up shark – once hitting the splash he threw off his prosthetic leg and squirted tomato sauce in the air in a theatrical display of hilarity. The crowd goes wild, the judges deemed it fab – and ba-da-bing ba-da-boom, Pat’s the winner of the day. This year, all bets are off.
Up the mountain, it can seem like people do take themselves a wee bit too seriously – so the Jump and Freeze is the perfect combatant. You are expected to dress like an odd-ball, in a costume (or vehicle – last year a guy had a giant balloon Red Bull plane – not to harp on, but 2017 was STELLAR), kick down a slope, throw in your most impressive flips and tricks in front of a big uproarious crowd of expectant admirers, to land into an insanely freezing pond of mountain water.
The aim of the game is to be as ridiculous and self-aggrandising as possible. You need to freestyle slope some serious boastful moves, displaying your inner peacock with as much pomp and circumstance as you can muster to win over the judges and the crowd and have a shot at winning a share of the $5,000 prize pool.
If you want to go up and bask in the glory of the absurd, you are more than welcome to make your way up the mountain and descend upon the base area – no lift tickets are needed. Head up and enjoy the bluebird day (fingers crossed, otherwise those guys are gon’ FREEZE even more than usual), go on, sport some wacky lil costume of your own – if you’re heading up, you may as well get in the real spirit of the day.
Here’s what you’re in for.
Saturday 1 September
The Remarkables Ski Resort
words by olivia glynn