Calling All Dare Devils: Here's Where to Go Ice Karting and Paragliding
If you’re feeling the need for speed, strap into a low-slung CRG kart with 12-horsepower engine at Aspen Ice Karting, which touts itself as the only operator of its kind in the country. As you blast around the .7-mile-long track—really a frozen-over, man-made waterski lake—at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, studded tires that grip the ice let you maneuver and drift in a way you’d never want to on Highway 82.
Says track co-owner Yvette Trincado, the ride is, “screaming fun—you’re definitely riding the edge without feeling like you’re out of control.” Rides ($40 for 10 minutes, $75 for 20 minutes) are by appointment only and are offered daily for as long into the winter as the ice holds. There’s a mandatory pit stop after 10 minutes of driving—at which point you may be happy to give your adrenaline-charged reflexes a break. 401 Tree Farm Dr., El Jebel, aspenicekarting.com
Ever wish you could jump off the mountain? Paragliding is the way to do it, and Aspen and Snowmass collectively are one of only four ski resorts in the country where you can go on a tandem flight in winter with a licensed operator; here, it’s Aspen Paragliding. Take off from 10,600-foot Sam’s Knob at Snowmass ski area or from 11,000 feet at Aspen Mountain (the latter without skis on) and get the same view as our feathered friends overhead. You’ll float back down to earth some 10 to 15 minutes later, but your head may be in the clouds the rest of the day. aspenparagliding.com