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Crashed Ice is making its way to Quebec City for the fourth time, and it’s bringing some chaos with it.

Crashed Ice is an incredibly fast race that mixes downhill skiing, hockey, and boardercross, and it all takes place on a steeply-sloped ice rink.

The sport originated in Stockholm, Sweden
, in 2000 and began spreading to other European cities shortly after. In 2003, it arrived in North America, first appearing in Duluth, Minnesota, and then becoming a popular winter event in Quebec City, Canada. Over 85,000 spectators regularly show up, making the sport a fairly big deal for Quebecers.


How It’s Played

Groups of four athletes compete against each other on a course up to 500 meters long. The track is narrow, and competition is literally shoulder-to-shoulder. The downhill rink is also set with vertical drops, jumps, and rollers.

Athletes can do whatever they want–push, sprint, wrangle–anything goes. There’s only one real rule: “first to the bottom wins.”

Crashed Ice skaters, who are typically pro ice hockey players, need a pretty varied skill set. Skaters must have quick reactions, speed, the skating skills to navigate the course, and the ability to recover quickly. The whole thing has high entertainment potential for those on the outside looking in, vying to see someone face-plant into the sideboards at 70 km per hour.

Winners move on until the final race, when the victor is named.

The next Crashed Ice event will be presented by Red Bull and is going to be held in Quebec City on March 20, 2010. Still finding it difficult to wrap your head around exactly what this sport is all about? The following video should help:

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Candice Walsh

Candice Walsh is a Professional Experience Collector and full-time writer, blogger, and inventor of job titles that don't make much sense. She's based out of St. John's, Newfoundland. Follow her website for more shenanigans.

  • http://ibackpackcanada.com Corbin

    Great work Candice! My life won’t be complete if I don’t get to see one of these events someday!!!!!

  • http://www.theexpeditioner.com Jon Wick

    Wow… I had never heard of this. I’m heading over to youtube right now. looks wierdly awesome.

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  • http://www.dirtbagwriter.com Amiee

    “Bodies piling up…” Whoa crazy – that looks so frighteningly awesome!

  • Candice Walsh

    Crazy eh?! I’d like to see an actual live event myself…

  • http://eventz4hope.com eryk

    who do I talk to to try and bring crashed ice to Toronto Canada????

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