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Extreme Winter Things to Do

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by Edmonton Tourism Team

LET'S GET EXTREME (extreme... extreme...extreme...).

Calling all adrenaline junkies! If our monster truck voice wasn't enough to get your heart racing, we understand. But you better buckle up— winter is no time for hibernating. Continue reading for a list of the most adventurous, foolhardy, bold, and yes, even EXTREME, things to do in Edmonton this winter.

Red Bull Crashed Ice
Ice Cross Downhill is a unique blend of hockey, power skating, and boarder cross that brings together the world's toughest and fastest skaters in the world onto a frozen track, with the goal of getting down to the finish line on two feet; all to tune of 80,000 cheering fans in the heart of the city. I know right? We're getting chills just thinking about it.

Now if you're the type who has to hold yourself up with a hockey stick when you're skating, there's no shame here. We're going to leave the skating to the world class athletes. You can enjoy the entertainment in a comfy down jacket, with thousands of your closest friends at the ultimate street party, while the skaters fly down a mountain of man-made ice into Edmonton’s renowned river valley. PHEWF! It doesn't get more extreme than Red Bull Crashed Ice, so you're going to want to snag your tickets asap.

Fat Bike through the River Valley
With some 400 combined kilometers of paved and single track trails, winter transforms the Edmonton river valley into an extreme cyclist's dream. Essentially, by slapping monster truck tires on a widened mountain bike frame, you get an abominable snowmobile that can chew through snow and ice. If you’ve ever felt the sensation of drifting in a car, imagine the same thing balanced on two wheels and going downhill. River Valley Adventure Co. is your one-stop-rental-shop for all your expedition needs.

Get Tubular at Sunridge
Snow tubing is one of the best things to happen to winter, and Sunridge is the place to get tubular in Edmonton. This is the perfect activity for thrill-seeking families, who like to do winter a little differently. With a dedicated tubing lift (so you don’t have to walk up the hill), three groomed chutes down one of the main hills, and special tubes, you’ll look at winter with a totally different perspective... some might even say, an extreme perspective.

Enter Beast Mode with November Project
When former Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference moved to Edmonton, he started the first November Project tribe in Canada. When he's in town, he's there to lead the exercises and high five you as you power through the outdoor fitness challenges. Our northern climate adds the extreme to your workout with low temperatures, but if you finish the session in -30C weather, they give you a badge to prove how much of a warrior you truly are. Anyone can join, just show up! November Project encourages people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels to get out of bed and join the tribe.

Conquer the Dead Cold Run at Silverskate
Kick off your race season and beat away the dead cold by participating in Dead Cold Run's 'Frozen 5k' or 'Icey 10k' events on February 18 at the Silverskate Festival. Both races take you along the snow-packed trails of the North Saskatchewan River and the day is far from over once you cross the finish line. Stick around and enjoy everything that the Silverskate Festival has to offer including snow carvings, skating, The Ice Castle and more.

Leave your fear of heights on the ground and see the city from a whole new angle— in a helicopter up in the sky. Edmonton Regional Helicopters specializes in helicopter services and charter operations 12 months of the year throughout the central Alberta region. This includes heading west to the Rocky Mountains which is only 40 minutes away!

Get your Climb On at Rock Jungle
Spider Man ain't got nothing on you. You're a climbing sensation, and Rock Jungle Climbing is the perfect place to show off your skills. Rock Jungle Boulders (downtown) is the first bouldering-only climbing facility in Edmonton. Here you'll find over 6,000 square feet of climbing walls built by the world’s leading climbing wall manufacturer, Walltopia. Rock Jungle Fitness (Westend) boasts 12,000 vertical square feet of walls so there’s always space to climb. They have two floors of dedicated bouldering walls, 33 top rope belay stations, and a dedicated lead climbing area. We're sore just thinking about it.

Indoor Thrills at West Edmonton Mall
Looking to take things up a notch, but would prefer to stay inside? World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall isn't just for chilling out on the glorious indoor beach (although we won't judge you if you do). Take your visit to the next level and try the world's largest permanent indoor zipline, The Skyflyer. Then head to Galaxyland and ride Mindbender, the worlds largest indoor rollercoaster. Pick up a WEM Multi-Play Pass at visitor services to make the most of your visit!

Extreme Eats and Treats
If you're more of an adventurous eater than an adventurous doer, you're in luck. There are plenty of ultra-spicy-food options in our fair city. You'll be sweating, your eyes will be watering, and you'll be dreaming of a big, cold glass of milk. Head to Northern Chicken to get your 3 piece in extra hot, or take it to the max, you crazy daredevil, and ask them to crank up the heat to whatever inferno-level you crave. Tres Carnales downtown also has killer hot sauce which takes their already delicious tacos to a whole other level. Still looking for more spice in your life? Swing by Nudoru and order a big bowl of their Dragon Ramen, featuring a super hot chili paste that will clear out those sinuses, no problem. Don't say we didn't warn you.