For the second year in a row St. Paul will be hosting the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition. Two hundred of the toughest, fastest, ice cross downhill racers will go head-to-head through a downhill course full of mind-and-body-bending jumps, turns and slides. This year the dates are January 24-26. St. Paul is just one of five stops around the world. The sport is Ice Cross Downhill which is a combination of hockey, boardercross, and downhill skiing. Known to many as the fastest sport on skates, but dictated by one goal: first to the bottom wins. It’s challenging, fast, cold, hard, unique and action packed. To determine a champion, consecutive heats of four skaters race head-to-head in a double elimination. Competitors come from all around the world to participate in this sport.
The event is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the city. Last year there were up to 100,000 people that spent a total of around $20 million during the 3 day event.
The course is 1,300 ice covered feet of track running downhill from the Cathedral of St. Paul and this year the starting platform is 4 stories high, last year it was 3. This year’s track promises to be one of the most difficult in the series, with a number of changes expected for the course Skaters will reach speeds of around 40 mph.
If you attended last year and you saw it all, just wait because this time there are even more countries participating, and the competition will be even more intense. The event itself is free, you just have to get there and find a spot to watch. Take a look at the short video from last years event to see how the sport really looks!