Edit ModuleShow Tags

This Weekend, Extreme Sports Crash Into St. Paul


© Red Bull Media House

For the third straight year, hundreds of thousands of spectators will gather in our capital city to watch the daring-est of skaters compete in the Ice Cross Downhill World Championships, aka, Red Bull Crashed Ice.

If you’re not familiar with the event, it all started in Stockholm in 2001, when athletes of this sport (think part hockey, part downhill skiing, and part boardercross) first competed for the championship title. Since then, there have been 29 races in more than 10 countries. The track here is setup with the Cathedral of Saint Paul as its backdrop, spanning 1,410 feet with a vertical drop of 131 feet, and featuring a cathedral step-up, U-turn, wall ride and kicker (you can see a layout of the course here).

We’re the second of four stops on the world championship tour—the athletes have already competed in Helsinki and will make their way to Quebec City and Moscow following their time here. But while each city will have a victor, athletes have to prove themselves at all stops in order to be worthy of the Crashed Ice crown. A U.S. born has yet to win a championship, but this year we’ve got three contenders in the Top 25: Adam Green and Minnesota natives Cameron Naasz and Reed Whiting. 

The best part about this event though? It’s free. So brave whatever temperature it might be (20s are warm now, right?) and battle for a front row spot. Here’s a breakdown of the weekend’s events:

Thursday, Feb. 20
2 p.m.: National shootout. 100 U.S. males and six U.S. females compete, the first 32 to make it through the course advance.

Friday, Feb. 21
Noon: International shootout. 100 international and 32 U.S. athletes race down the course, with the fastest 32 advancing.
3 p.m.: Elimination round. Athletes compete four at a time, the top two from each advancing to the finals.
6 p.m.: Team challenge. The top 64 battle head-to-head, earning World Series points to boost their rankings.

Saturday, Feb. 22
5 p.m.: Gates open.
6:45 p.m.: Finals. 64 athletes race the course until a champion is crowned.

In honor of the festivities, Happy Gnome is hosting an awesome “fire and ice” outdoor party on Saturday, transforming their patio into an ice bar, serving Widmer Brr on draft, Surly, 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey and, of course, Red Bull. The fire part? The fire pit will be blazing and Dragons Fire Theater will be spitting, eating and playing with the element. There will be a DJ, too. The bar opens at 7 p.m., and it’s first come, first served.  

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

The Best of Chisago Lakes

Something to do, eat, and see in the five small towns that make up one big community

What to Do for Twin Cities Pride, June 22-24

Mark your calendars for the best events of Twin Cities Pride

First Look: Lora Hotel Opens in Stillwater

Stillwater gets an update with a boutique hotel offering river and downtown views

Summer Nanny Bucket List

Unleash your inner child at these fun Twin Cities locations

Brews and Bonfires

Who doesn't love craft suds and yard games on a summer night?

6 Paddle Board Rentals in Minnesota

Lake Waconia, Bde Maka Ska and Lake Itasca are just a few of the rental destinations that make for an easy afternoon of paddle boarding

Duluth in Three Days

Duluth has a lot to offer the weekend warriors

6 Foods to Pack for the Cabin

Don't head north to the cabin without these delicious necessities

Seeing a Casino as a Campus

Mystic Lake Center, which opened at the beginning of the year, is just one of the features that make Mystic Lake more than a casino

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

A party that's as beloved as the bridge itself

Minnesota Drive-In Movie Theaters

No matter what your age is, drive-in movie theaters make for a fun retro outing

Summer Events for Food Lovers

From quirky small town get-togethers to “The Great Minnesota Get-Together,” make sure not to miss these summer events celebrating delicious food.

Find New Adventures In Minnesota With These Engaging Experiences

Minnesota—where you can drive bulldozers for fun

3 Last-Minute Camping Options

Plan a camping trip on the fly—Minnesota's good for it
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags