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Red Bull’s Crashed Ice. I went there.

December 3, 2012

The boyfriend and I were très bored this weekend. We had nothing to do so we resorted to talking to each other about inane topics. We touched on the hockey strike, which led us to discuss alternate sports, which brought up the subject of Red Bull’s Crashed Ice. I said it looked stupid, he said I wouldn’t think so if I saw it live. “Have you ever seen it live?” I asked. “Well, no” he responded, “but you hate watching all sports on television yet you always have fun when you go to a game. Why would this be any different?”

I conceded that he might have a point and then said, “Isn’t Crashed Ice going on tonight in Niagara Falls? If we leave now, we can catch the last hour. Let’s test your theory.” So we bundled up into warm clothes and hopped in the car, drove the hour and a half to Niagara Falls, found parking that was $30 instead of $50 at the casino (insane!), stopped at the Starbucks to order hot chocolate, and walked over the event.

Guess what? It turned out to be a lot of fun. Energy and loud music pumped through the city, keeping everyone hyped up and indifferent to the cold. Well – I’m sure the alcohol in everyone’s thermoses helped with that, as well.

Toasty Warm Crowds

Toasty Warm Crowds

I was worried the crowds would prevent me from seeing much but I could clearly see the…ice track?..just fine. The ice track thingy was just above the crowd in most places so you didn’t need to be right up front to see the skaters. There were big screen TV’s everywhere as well.

Crashed Ice Track

Crashed Ice Track

We watched the races, watched the goalies in full gear try to navigate the course, which was really funny. The Swiss goalie did so well and the American goalie needed help just to finish. The Canadian should have come in second but the Swiss guy let him win, which I thought was very kind and sporting of him, since it was all in fun. Canada kicked ass in the real races, so it was fun to cheer for them. I would have cheered regardless of which country won but it was fun to see our country dominate something.

Crashed Ice Track Above Crowds

Crashed Ice Track Above Crowds

After the races were over, we walked through the cavalcade of lights to the Falls, then back up the street.

Cavalcade of Lights

Cavalcade of Lights

We stopped in at the casino to have a couple drinks and, of course, lost some money before finally driving  home about 2am.

Crashed Ice is Over

Crashed Ice is Over. Now, who is going to dismantle these tracks?

 

So our boring Saturday night turned into a mini-adventure, and I learned that Crashed Ice is not quite as stupid as I thought it was. I’m sure there’s a moral to this story somewhere…

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2012 4:10 pm

    Never heard of Crashed Ice…. Now I’m going to have to research the topic.

    • December 3, 2012 11:29 pm

      It’s more fun than I thought it would be, that’s for sure. 🙂

  2. December 3, 2012 11:46 pm

    I’ve never heard of Crashed Ice either, and I have absolutely no clue what it is. I’m hazarding a guess it’s not a sport you get in a country as hot as Australia.

    • December 4, 2012 1:28 am

      Crashed Ice is like an above ground race track that is made of ice so the competitors navigate on skates but the course has dips and bumps and jumps and moguls and shit. I watched one guy fall on his face and the man behind him just jumped right over the length of him. It is crazy how fast they go.

  3. December 4, 2012 2:05 pm

    one lesson is that getting out and experiencing something together is a hell of a lot more fun than staying home sometimes.

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