Extreme Winter Sports Happening in Québec Winter 2016

So you're a winter obsessed thrill seeker? We've got the perfect place for you! Québec, home to many extreme sports and today we're going to let you in on all the ones happening this winter. We made a list of our favorite events happening this 2016 season that you definitely should not miss out on.

Red Bull Crashed Ice (November 27 - 28)

Known as the mecca of ice cross downhill, Quebec City hosts the extreme Red Bull Crashed Ice every year.

This extreme ice cross downhill is the fastest sport on skates. Since 2001, spectators brave the cold and come out to watch skaters race down for the champion title.

Downtown city skylines surround the frozen water tracks that stretch for 600 m long. Tension and awe is the common sentiment as crowds watch skaters race down in groups of four.

Racers skate at 50 km/h or more on a track with steep drops and sharp turns leaving no room for error or comfort. Last winter, Quebec City welcomed 100,000 for the finals and crowned Canadian, Scott Croxall the 2105 Red Bull Crashed Ice world champion. This year, Quebec City will be opening the 2016 season.


Ice Canoe Racing (mid-December - March)

Looking for the most unique winter sport to take on this winter? How about one so unique, you can only experience it in Quebec.

Ice canoe racing developed from a survival necessity rooted in Quebec's heritage. Now, ice canoe races happens every year at the largest winter carnival and also invites people to try it out.

The legendary race goes down every year at the Carnaval de Quebec. Teams take on each other and battle it out by racing about 10km down the St Lawrence River from Quebec City to Levis.

Luckily for the thrill seeker in you, you can practice what you see and take part in your own ice canoe race. Feel the river rushing under your boat as you float and paddle with the ice cracking beneath you.

Snow Sculpting (January 29 - February 14)

Ice canoe racing will wear you out. Once you're done you can immerse yourself in the outdoor museum of winter's finest arts.

Carnaval de Quebec's International Snow Sculpture Competition is one of the world's oldest competitions. This prestige competition is home to enormous and breathtaking snow sculptures.

Watch the magical experience of snow transforming into life by international artists. Off carnival grounds and throughout the streets of Quebec, you can find even more sculptures. Amateurs of all ages get into the spirit and show off their sculptures outside their homes.

Snow sculpting has become such an important element of  Quebec tradition that it is now offered  in many university art programs.


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