Team Premium has Epic Crash at the 2009 Powderhorn Sled Rally

February 9th, 2009 - 12:09pm by Slye Fox

The Sled Rally pics here.

Team Premium (Crystal, The Pants, Jessica, Claire, Bertine, Sid (the mascot), and I) participated in our first Powderhorn Park Art Sled Rally this year. An event where neighbors gather at the park to watch as about 30 elaborately crafted sleds go down the hill. It was spectacular!

We created a giant 6-pack of Premium Grain Belt beer to slide down in. A platform of 2x6's and 2x3's rested on top of a pair of cross country skis sacrificed to the project. Atop this, we screwed on side panels of chip-board on which we spent 3 hours painting the Premium logos. The build pics are here.

The build pics here.

The rally was great. The hill was a LOT larger than I anticipated and some were skeptical that we may not survive a trip down such a slope in a beer box of death. In the end, Sid did not ride and Claire took his place. (This was probably a smart idea as Sid might have gone airborne otherwise.) As we went down the hill, we were steered along the center until the drop off over which we took off at full speed.

...the sled stopped and we did not.

Immediately at the bottom was a snow covered sidewalk that formed quite a bump. When the sled hit it, the sled stopped and we did not. (see the videos below.) Crashing through the front, the Pants and I face-planted into the snow and everyone else tumbled out as the wreckage continued down the hill. The roars of laughter and the cheering was deafening as we raised our arms in triumph and picked up our sled parts.

After watching the rest of the sleds go down the hill (in various degrees of success), we went back to the Manfort for martinis and beer. Nothing but Grain Belt of course. :)

Watch the videos posted so far after the jump...

Amy's video:

Chuck's video:

Renee's video:

Christopher's video:

February 9, 2009 - 3:35pm
Slye Fox says:

More Rally photo albums:

February 9, 2009 - 3:55pm
Slye Fox says:

Here's John's video that shows the crash from the front at about 5 minutes in:

February 9, 2009 - 4:13pm
lisianthia says:

"This one has sharp edges! Look out!" ROFL

February 9, 2009 - 4:21pm
lonely_doll says:

Epic crash...
is epic!

February 9, 2009 - 4:20pm
Slye Fox says:

I almost forgot! Here's a pic of the undercarraige in it's aftermath. With nearly a 1000 pounds of riders on top, we split it up pretty effectively. :)

February 9, 2009 - 4:57pm
lisianthia says:

You mean 900, right?

February 9, 2009 - 4:53pm
Slye Fox says:

Yes - I did, missed one zero there. [fixed]

February 10, 2009 - 5:58pm
Slye Fox says:

And here are the best crash pics so far, taken by Aaron Petty:

February 10, 2009 - 9:13pm
Kari says:

The action shot of the riders exploding from the front is AWESOME! rofl

February 13, 2009 - 3:22pm
Slye Fox says:

Jane's video:

Near the end of this video, it shows the 4 incredible animal costumes that went wandering around.