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Schlittentag!

College daredevils throw themselves down a slippery slope in hopes of winning Red Bull's sled extravaganza


by: COURTESY OF KAITLIN EMMERLING - More than 20 teams of crafty sledders tackled Mt. Hood Skibowl in Red Bull Schlittentag last year. As many as 40 teams will be allowed to compete March 29 in the second Skibowl Schlittentag.What happens when you combine wacky designers and builders, Red Bull, snow and some hot competition?

Schlittentag!

“Sledding day,” as it’s translated from German, happens for the second time at Mt. Hood Skibowl, Saturday, March 29, and it’s further translated to mean, “daredevils willing to propel themselves down a snow-covered hill and over a jump on a sled they built themselves.”

With Red Bull Schlittentag events around the country linked to universities, teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest and colleges — Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State and Western Oregon — are expected to participate, which starts with designing a unique and eye-catching and fast sled for the big race. Rules prohibit prefabricated sleds or energy sources.

Teams can register in advance at red bullschlittentag.com, or take their chances and show up on race day and hope to get in the competition.

Only 40 teams made up of three people each — a pilot and two pushers — will be allowed to participate.

The schedule March 29: registration, 10 a.m.-12:15 a.m.; first craft slides, 1:03 p.m.; DJ on Skibowl patio, 3-5:30 p.m.; award ceremony, 3:30 p.m.; after party, 9 p.m.

It ain’t the Sochi Olympics, but it has the potential to be pretty entertaining.

The 2013 Skibowl Schlittentag saw Maximus Bullious win the race, followed by Washington Redskins, The Olympic Spirit and Pumpin’ Potassium, who also claimed “Best Crash.” Maximus Bullious members dressed in Roman garb and raced in a Roman chariot-themed sled.

— Jason Vondersmith