[Red Bull’s Schlittentag. Photo: icarus_shift] Red Bull is notorious for hosting events that are innovative and adventurous and may even claim to give you wings. This year’s Red Bull Schlittentag in Keystone is sure to be an event to remember. Schlittentag is the German word for “Sledding day.”
The event takes place on April 2, 2016 at Lower Haywood at Mountain House Base Area. Contestants race down a snow packed hill on homemade sleds. Red Bull does not allow prefabricated sleds of any kind so it allows for a lot of creativity.
The sleds and team names are themed, which is why you will see many people in costume. Whether you are daring enough to participate, or just there to watch, the event will be jam packed with music, themed sleds and tons of fun.
Three stuntmen accompany the sleds. One is the pilot and the other two teammates push the sled to the finish line. Unfortunately, many take a tumble on the way down due to a jump or faulty engineering. Contestants will be judged on creativity, fastest time, and the distance thrown from the kicker.
Here is the schedule for the Keystone events on Saturday April 2, 2016:
- 10:00-11:00 AM: Arrival time and check in
- 11:00-1:00PM: Final sled adjustments. *Sled must be put together before hand, and no power tools may be used the day of.
- 1:00 PM: Sled inspection and meeting
- 2:00 PM: Event starts
The rules include: no engines, batteries or external energy sources, no fire or pyro, no jumping from your sled intentionally or throwing items from your sled, drivers must be 18 or older, and all contestants must wear helmets.
Come find my team “under the sea” this year to root us on, or better yet compete with us! Details on the event can be found on the Red Bull website.
Update: Check out our recap of the 2016 Schlittentag.