From ice carvings to Crashed Ice and icy-cold beer, winter fun is in full swing this weekend in St. Paul. And even better, most events are free. Red Bull’s Crashed Ice has skated into town for the fourth-consecutive year. As many 100,000 people will pack into the hillside in front of the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Long before the competitors race down the icy track of the Red Bull Crashed Ice race course, the work to get there is less exciting. Building the quarter-mile track is a time consuming, 24-day process. Add in subzero temperatures and it’s not a cushy construction job.
In just over a month, Red Bull’s Crashed Ice will return to St. Paul. Athletes will fly down the icy, quarter mile track at speeds reaching 40 miles per hour. Training can take months and the recent December warm up, when temperatures reached the 50s, is having an impact on how athletes are getting ready for the competition.
For the fourth year in a row, you can look forward to watching Crashed Ice in downtown St. Paul. The steep race course will again be built between the St. Paul Cathedral and the Xcel Energy Center.
When Red Bull Crashed Ice was held in St. Paul last weekend, 120,000 people showed up to watch. It’s evidence that the new sport is increasing in popularity. Three Minnesotans – two of them pros on the world tour – have made not only a Crashed Ice course, but they’ve made history. The first permanent Crashed Ice course in North America opened Saturday at Mont du Lac, nestled along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border just south of Duluth.
It’s one of the most extreme winter competitions, and it’s back in St. Paul this weekend. Red Bull’s Crashed Ice is now in full swing. Last year’s competition brought 100,000 people to downtown St. Paul. And it has local merchants seeing green, like St. Paul’s Eagle Street Grill.
Crashed Ice is expected to attract more than a 100,000 people to St. Paul this weekend for one of the most extreme sports on earth. So it’d be a good idea to introduce you to one of the most extreme people on earth. If you want to take a wild ride, just ask Reed Whiting what he does for a living.
Some of the people shoveling snow earlier today had skates on. They’re the ones keeping the Red Bull Crashed Ice Course clear for the competitors.
It’s almost the weekend, so let’s get planning. And if the weather doesn’t have you feeling like a hermit, there are plenty of options for entertainment around town.
The toughest of the tough made their way down the treacherous, twisted course known as Crashed Ice Saturday night in St. Paul as 150,000 fans watched, event organizers say.
It was a late start on opening day of the Red Bull Crashed Ice trials Thursday.
Even St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman can’t get enough Crashed Ice – he took to the course on Thursday.
Ted Cheesebrough is a corporate lawyer by day, an assistant hockey coach by night. He’s a thrill seeker by nature.
It’s one of the most hardcore and craziest winter sports out there – Red Bull’s Crashed Ice.
For the second year in a row, the Red Bull “Crashed Ice” World Championship will be held in St. Paul. It’ll be a welcomed sight for the city’s economy.