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12 wacky winter sports

By: Laura Moss on Dec. 21, 2010, 3 p.m.
men snow kayaking at Red Bull event

Photo: Martin Lugger/Red Bull Photofiles

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Snow kayaking

Instead of sledding down snowy hills this year, slip into a freshly waxed kayak and enjoy an exciting new twist on traditional sledding. The kayak works like a sled, but the paddle allows for more control — and the wax will have you shooting down slopes at incredibly high speeds.

Because snow kayaking is considered an extreme sport, few ski resorts allow it; however there are professional competitions that involve bumps, turns and all sorts of adrenaline-pumping obstacles, which makes watching the sport almost as much fun as doing it. The hardest part? Hauling your kayak up the mountain.