The cherry on top of the competitive snowboard season has become the one-of-a-kind Red Bull Double Pipe contest, which brings together the top snowboarders in the world to test their creative and athletic limits in not one, but two superpipes built side by side.

Here are eight standouts from the second-annual Red Bull Double Pipe at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colorado.

1. The beast itself

The Double Pipe in all its glory. Courtesy of Red Bull Media House.

The Red Bull Double Pipe in all its glory. Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull Media House

Red Bull, the masters of taking an event and giving it wings, put two 22-foot halfpipes side by side, sprinkled in rails, wall rides, channels, a skatepark-esque bottom section, and other unique features and said "go" to the best snowboarders in the world. It's a masterpiece of snow and one of the most magnificent transition-riding playgrounds these riders will ever encounter.

2. Creativity

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After a long season of back-to-back contests in very similar-looking halfpipes and slopestyle courses, the Red Bull Double Pipe opened the doors to riders’ creative expression, showcasing the versatility of all the snowboarders you usually just peg as pipe jocks.

3. Sibling rivalry

Battling backside airs from the Ferguson brothers. Courtesy of Red Bull Media House.

Battling backside airs from the Ferguson brothers. Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull Media House

Everyone loves a little sibling rivalry, and the Ferguson brothers from Bend, Oregon, brought it to Aspen, Colorado. Little brother Gabe has been chasing big brother Ben for years now, and in semifinals 15-year-old Gabe showed up his brother and the rest of the field by qualifying in first place for the final round. Alas, the pressure of finals proved greater than sibling bragging rights and both Ben and Gabe fell short of the podium. They put on a good show in the process, though.

4. The big winner

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Nineteen-year-old Chase Josey from Sun Valley, Idaho, took home the big win, putting together the right combination of huge tricks—think 15-foot double Michalchuks and multiple transfers over the 22-foot and 18-foot spines. Linking together jump tricks, halfpipe tricks, and rail tricks in two different halfpipes is no easy task, so kudos to Josey.

5. The transfer

Stale Sandbech making a frontside 720 over the spine. Courtesy of Red Bull Media House.

Stale Sandbech making a frontside 720 over the spine. Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull Media House

Hopping from one pipe to the next might seem easy, but this was by far the most technical aspect of the day. Benji Farrow, Stale Sandbech, and Chase Josey upped the ante, adding 360s, 540s, and 720s over the spine.

6. The gap

Ben Ferguson getting inverted over the gap. Courtesy of Red Bull Media House.

Ben Ferguson getting inverted over the gap. Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull Media House

The feature that brought the most oohs and aahs to the crowd was the 24-foot gap at the top of the 22-foot halfpipe. A death-defying, scary-as-all-hell leap of faith for most of us, but Ben Ferguson made it look easy, doing double-cork 1080s 15 feet out over that death trap. Good luck doing the math on that one.

7. The judges

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The judges at this year’s Red Bull Double Pipe were not your average collection of judgmental folk. 2002 Olympic bronze medalist JJ Thomas and 2000 U.S. Open winner Guillaume Morissett (pictured above) were not only tallying up the scores, but also shredding the course to pieces.

8. Poachers

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In between scored contest runs, Greg Bretz and Louie Vito (pictured above) and Matt Ladley were lapping the pipe, slashing, hand planting, and having a good ol' time entertaining the crowd while the other riders were stressing to land runs.

Double Pipe will air as video on demand on redbull.tv, and as part of the Red Bull Signature Series as a full-length broadcast Sat., March 14, at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST on NBC.

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