Wild Go Karting on Ice experience slips in Austin this spring
There are a few things Austin is really good at: the nightlife, the quirky interior design, the food trucks, and the racing. It’s not exactly an ice sports paradise, but motor racing enthusiasts in the capital have the chance to bring their skills to a brand new ice covered arena.
Go Karting on Ice – an icy variation of kart racing probably invented on a once peaceful lake by the most chaotic of strangers Donkey rejects – launches into Austin’s Chaparral ice cream those April 30 and May 1, oddly, just in time for spring.
Surely some tumultuous souls somewhere were strapped into go-karts and wondered, “If only this vehicle had a lot less traction. These anarchists have made their wish come true.
Home karting videos (and even those from the local pop-up promotional video) show everything from squirrely slides to ethereal drifts, all finished at a super fast pace that feels both wrong and wacky fun. It’s everything you don’t want ice driving to be in your Toyota Camry.
Some ice karts have studded tires, but apparently not these. The team promise to teach drivers how to glide, and they’ve designed a variety of obstacle courses to make sure things stay tough while drivers get used to it.
Since ice karting obviously requires a lot of video evidence of embarrassing skills and spinoffs, the event organizers will provide Day-Glo racing suits and incentives so the karters can show off their own style. A costume contest will determine the best dressed runner, who will receive a prize and the right to brag about beating many other verified fast bums.
Each karting session lasts 12 minutes, so there is plenty of other things to do without being behind the wheel. The bar will serve winter cocktails, to savor between curling, playing target hockey and other chances to win prizes. When winter is more of a build than a truly cold reality in Texas, why not extend the season a month or two with an ice karting adventure?
Chaparral Ice is located at Northcross Mall on Burnet Road and West Anderson Lane, where it is home to Austin’s only NHL-regulated ice rink. Free skating sessions are offered to the public, and competitive hockey and figure skating are available for all ages. Solo skating takes a lot of initiative in a city that rarely sees the ice; Fortunately, the sports bar and group packages can encourage non-skaters to join us.
Tickets for the Go Karting on Ice pop-up ($ 55) are already on sale at explorehidden.com. It’s early for the April 30 and May 1 event, but space is limited, so be sure to register soon.