Strange Winter Sports

By Emma Esteves

Now that winter finally has arrived, think about competing in these weird winter activities the next time you go outside.

1. Shovel Racing

If you are looking for a new way to enhance your snow day experience, shovel racing is the sport for you. Competitors sit atop shovels and ride down a snowy hill, reaching speeds of 70 mph. It can sometimes be dangerous, and was banned from the X Games after a serious injury occurred. However, don’t let this stop you from trying it out our next day off.

2. Ski Ballet

Similar to figure skating, ski ballet is a combination of flips, jumps, and spins combined on a smooth slope. Competitors choreograph a two minute routine set to music, and a panel of judges comment on the performance. Even though it was once part of Olympic freestyle skiing, this sport is not seen on the anymore.

3. Yukigassen

For anyone who loves snowball fighting, Yukigassen is the perfect sport to compete in. Originating in Japan, this weird winter activity is basically an enormous snowball fight. Two teams, placed in an outdoor arena, try to steal the other’s flag without getting hit by snowballs. It may sound unusual, but competitions continue to take place in Japan, Finland, Russia, and even Alaska.

4. Snow Kayaking

Although kayaking is a popular summer activity, this sport has taken it to the next level. In this winter activity, individuals descend steep snow slopes, all while trying to avoid crashing into trees or rocks. Most competitors all have the same goal in mind: Be the first to cross the finish line without destroying their boat.