Red Bull ‘Schlittentag’ Race

Take some random household materials, stick them on skis, and race them down a steep, icy slope… Welcome to the “sport” of schlittentag. Sit back and enjoy the carnage. The Red Bull Schlittentag at Keystone Resort last week might be our favorite new spring event.

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Not only are the homemade “sleds” wacky and of dubious construction, but the insane costumes and rowdy folks with spring fever really up the game. Here’s a visual recap.

Schlittentag competitors take on a tropical beach theme.

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The umbrellas are clearly helping.

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But we’re not sure about this concept.

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And this one is just a straight-up disaster…

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But the bar-sled is awesome!

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‘Bar tender, pour me a double!’

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So rad… Until it isn’t.

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And then you’ve got the bathtub sled.

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Casualty ejected.

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Going, going…

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…Gone.

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Clean air for this duo.

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Costumes (and clothing) seem to be optional.

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Silicone suits? It’s gettin’ weird.

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But wait. Nascar!

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And… ‘Merica!

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Back to normal. Video of the whole shebang as a send-off…

 

–All photos courtesy Keystone Resort. Thanks for the laugh!

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Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie’s Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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