Have you ever seen a Schlitt Missile? Or Ricky Bobby piloting a sled down the slopes? If you haven’t seen a hot tub filled with Speedo-clad men sliding down a mountain, you haven’t been to Red Bull’s Schlittentag. This weekend, that can change.
Saturday, April 7th at 1:03pm the “Schlittentag,” which translates to “sledding day” in English, begins. If you’re picturing children in beanies on toboggans sliding down a hill amidst light snowfall and hot chocolate, you’re getting the wrong idea. In unique Red Bull style, Schlittentag is about daredevils trusting their own carpentry enough to ride a sled they built themselves down a hill and over a jump. In a competition that gives a $75 “liquid healing” gift card for “Best Crash,” this isn’t your average contest.
Sleds are built by three-person teams. During the race itself, one team member will pilot the vessel while the other two launch it down the slope before jumping in. The goal is to create the fastest, most original and wild sled that hopefully won’t land you in the hospital before you make it to the bottom. Judges score teams based on speed and creativity, and the highest combined score will be given the title of Schlittentag Grand Champions and all the glory that goes with it. They will also win a trip to the Red Bull Flugtag. The prize package includes transportation to and from the event, lodging, tickets, and VIP viewing.
The second place team will receive three tickets to the Red Bull US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca in July. And third will win the team’s combined weight in Red Bull. “Best Supporting Cast,” the team with the most fans, will also be rewarded. Everyone is a winner, here.
Registration will open at 10 a.m. and is free with a lift ticket or season pass. The awards ceremony and after party will be at 3:30 p.m. and will feature DJ David Aaron on the sun deck. Don’t forget your helmet!