ASPEN, Colo. — From behind the wheel of a kart decked out with snow tires and ice screws, you’ll be able to whip, zoom and drift throughout a frozen lake in Aspen.
Aspen Ice Karting is a pop-up ice kart rental facility on the frozen Kodiak Ski Lake. The comparatively shallow lake freezes every winter, and the corporate units up a course to welcome guests to attempt their hand at racing on the ice.
Guests can drift, fly, and maneuver across the ice observe, which is within the form of a key — it has a large turnaround on one facet and sharper activates the opposite. The 5 CRG body karts have 12 HP Brigg and Stratton engines, that are sturdy sufficient to ship you flying 45 to 50 mph on the sub-zero straightaways.
“They’re quick and you may full-throttle haul on this stuff,” stated worker Kait Mushet. “You’ll be able to drift, you’ll be able to actually mess around with them. They’re a lot enjoyable.”
Kiko Trincado and his spouse Yvette Trincado are cofounders for the corporate.
“He comes up with loopy concepts: ‘Hey, what about working go karts on the ice commercially?’” Yvette stated.
Whereas the season is brief — it solely lasts a couple of months — greater than 1,000 individuals have raced throughout the lake. That roster contains some giant names from the racing world, reminiscent of Lucas di Grassi, the winner of the first-ever Method E race, and four-time NASCAR Cup Collection Champion Jeff Gordon, Yvette stated.
Whereas it’s not an excellent easy experience, it’s a tremendous quick one.
“You by no means knew you might have that a lot enjoyable in a tiny automotive,” Yvette stated.
Come the hotter months, the lake is common for water snowboarding. However proper now, the ice is about 16 inches thick.
The Aspen Ice Karting pop-up is situated at 401 Tree Farm Drive, El Jebel throughout from Entire Meals Market. It’s about 25 minutes by automotive from Aspen and Snowmass and is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. seven days per week till the ice melts. Reservations are required and a 10-minute experience prices $49 and a 20-minute experience is $90. For extra data, name or textual content 970-404-0633 or 970-404-0665 or e-mail [email protected].