Crashed Ice skate race returns to St. Paul in January

Daniel Guolla, second from left, and Adam Skube, second from right, of the team Crazy Canucks nearly collide in mid-air on the first uphill jump of the Red Bull Crashed Ice course. The jump, which has been dubbed the cathedral jump as it is closest to the St. Paul Cathedral, contains an iceless gap that racers must clear to continue the downhill race. (Jackson Forderer for MPR)

The Crashed Ice downhill ice cross competition will return to St. Paul’s Cathedral Hill Jan. 22. It’ll be the fourth year the tour has come through St. Paul and the first time women racers will compete here.

Energy drink giant Red Bull, which sponsors the races, unveiled its new schedule Wednesday morning. St. Paul will be the extreme winter sport’s first stop on its 2015 four-city tour. Helsinki, Finland, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Edmonton, Alberta are also in the mix.

The races drew a crowd estimated at more than 100,000 people to St. Paul last year. The event generates international attention and a surge of winter visitors to the city, said Mayor Chris Coleman.

The January Crashed Ice competition will start on the same day as the St. Paul Winter Carnival.