Kw-logo-smaller

Wacky and Wild Winter Sports

Ice sailing use boats with blades and can reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour!
Ice Sailing
Blade running involves skydiving from an airplane and landing on a mountain with skis.
Blade Running
Wacky and Wild Winter Sports - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

What is ice sailing, shovel racing and the Polar Bear swim? Find out by taking a look at this list of the world's wildest and wackiest winter sports.

Imagine racing down a mountain on a modified snow shovel or jumping out of an airplane and landing on a ski hill. Kidzworld looks at some of the world's wildest and wackiest winter sports.

1Ice Sailing
Ice sailing began over 300 years ago in Holland when it was used as a way of transporting stuff across frozen lakes in the winter. Ice sailing is now done all around the world and is most popular in Northern Europe and Russia. Sail boats are mounted on large skates and racers reach speeds of 100 miles (160 km) per hour while traveling across lakes and rivers.

1Ski Biking
How about jumping on a bike with skis rather than wheels? Riders have a seat and handlebars and use short foot-skis instead of pedals. You stop in the same way as you do when you're skiing, by leaning the bike sideways and digging the ski edges into the snow.

1Blade Running
It's a wild combination of skydiving and slalom skiing that shouldn't be tried by anyone who's not a professional stunt master. Blade runners jump out of a plane 3,000 feet above a downhill ski run. They release their parachute and try to make their way through a course of "blades" which are large banners about 10 feet tall. Blade runners must pass a portion of their bodies below the top of each gate - without touching the ground.

1Shovel Racing
This sport was started by ski lift operators in the 1970s who were looking for a quick way to get down the hill once the lifts closed. Shovel races now take place at several ski hills around North America. Racers fly down hills on specially modifed shovels that carry them at speeds reaching 60 miles (96 km) per hour.

1Polar Bear Swim
It's fun to go for a dip in the ocean in the winter if you live in Hawaii or the Bahamas. If you live in a cold weather climate, and it's freezing outside, swimming in the winter is just weird. That doesn't stop thousands of people from jumping in freezing cold lakes or oceans in the middle of winter to go for a Polar Bear Swim each year. The most popular time for a polar bear swim in New Year's Day. Most polar bear swimmers only spend a few seconds in the water before they head for warmth. There's a reason why polar bears have a thick coat of fur.

Related Stories:

  • Weird Winter Sports
  • Freeskiing
  • World Snowboarding Halfpipe
  • More on Sports Almanac!
  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    there are 0 comments

    Please login or register to add comments


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like!

    latest videos

    F1040325919203

    Where is the World's Highest Ski Resort?

    • Somewhere in the Colorado Rockies.
    • The Swiss Alps.
    • The Andes Mountains of Bolivia.
    • On a snow covered landfill in Indiana.

    related stories

    Sports in the forums

    arthi
    arthi posted in Dance:
    ME!! :D HIS MOVES ARE A 'DELIGHT' TO LOOK AT :D
    reply about 2 hours
    arthi
    arthi posted in Dance:
    Both are amazing dance forms and unique in their own way but I prefer ballet but hip-hop is great too :)
    reply about 2 hours
    Team Audi #46
    Auto Racing. And not NASCAR. 
    reply 1 day
    -Gwen42--
    RACING!!!
    reply 1 day
    -Gwen42--
    SAINTS!!!!
    reply 1 day

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

    Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

    157262_(2)

    When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

    100x100_ra_logo_girl

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...