Losing traction

Wild Go Karting on Ice experience glides into Austin this spring

Wild Go Karting on Ice experience glides into Austin this spring

Go Karting on Ice
Ice karting is pretty simple: Roll a go-kart on ice and let 'er rip. Photo courtesy of Hidden
Two Go-Karts sit on an ice skating rink.
The frozen twist on kart racing hits the ice in Austin this spring. Photo courtesy of Hidden
Someone races a Go Kart on ice
Test your ice-speeding skills then enjoy a wintery cocktail or two. Photo courtesy of Hidden
Go Karting on Ice
Two Go-Karts sit on an ice skating rink.
Someone races a Go Kart on ice

UPDATE: The event has been moved from Chaparral Ice to OnIce in Cedar Park. The story has been updated to reflect the new venue. 

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There are a few things Austin is really good at: nightlife, quirky interior design, food trucks, and racing. It’s not exactly an ice sports haven, but the Capital City’s racing enthusiasts have a chance to bring their skills to a whole new ice-covered arena.

Go Karting on Ice — a frozen twist on kart racing probably invented on a formerly peaceful lake by the most chaotic of unknown Jackass rejects — is barreling into Cedar Park's OnIce venue this April 30 and May 1, oddly, just in time for spring.

Surely, some tumultuous souls somewhere have been strapped into go-karts and pondering, “If only this vehicle had a lot less traction.” These anarchists have gotten their wish.

Home ice-karting videos (and even the local pop-up’s own promo video) show everything from squirrely slides to ethereally smooth drifts, all completed at a super fast pace that looks both wrong and deliriously fun. It’s everything you don’t want driving on ice to be in your Toyota Camry.

Some ice karts have studded tires, but apparently not these. The team promises to teach drivers how to glide around, and they’ve designed a variety of obstacle courses to make sure things stay challenging as drivers get the hang of it.

Since ice karting obviously necessitates lots of video evidence of both skill and embarrassing spinouts, the event organizers will provide Day-Glo racing onesies and incentives so karters can show off their own style. A costume contest will determine the best-dressed racer, who will receive a prize and bragging rights that they beat out a lot of other verified speedy lunatics.

Each karting session is 12 minutes, so there is plenty else to do while not behind the wheel. The bar will serve winter cocktails, to be enjoyed in between curling, hockey target practice, and other chances to win prizes. When winter is more a construct than truly a cold reality in Texas, why not extend the season a month or two with an ice karting adventure?

Tickets for the Go Karting on Ice pop-up ($50) are already on sale at explorehidden.com. It’s early for the April 30 and May 1 event, but there is limited space, so consider signing up soon.