If you think winter is a slow time in Niagara Falls, think again. On Dec 1st, the action will be anything but slow as the daredevil tradition in the Falls continues – and escalates – with the arrival of the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship. Like a cross between ski cross, skating and roller-derby, the Crashed Ice event will take place on a specially constructed course that stretches for 350 metres from the Skylon Tower down Murray Hill, turning sharply into Queen Victoria Park. The course is being put in place now and is well worth a look! Competitors will begin at the top of the steep slope and careen wildly to the bottom, hitting speeds of 70 km/hr as a crowd of spectators anticipated to reach 80,000 cheers them on!
Crashed Ice events will also be held in Saint Paul, Minn. on Jan. 26, Kazan, Russia on February 16, Lausanne, Switzerland on March 2, and Quebec City on March 16 but Niagara Falls holds the special honour of hosting the season opener.
General admission is free but tickets for a special viewing area – called the ‘fan zone’ – will be available for $32.00 plus HST (which includes a Red Bull beverage). For more information on what promises to be an exciting kickoff to the holiday season in Niagara, visit: www.niagaratourism.com