I live not very far from the Alps and, here, as a tradition, everyone (if it's possible) goes to the mountains after Christmas to celebrate the upcoming New Year (or is it to celebrate the end of the "old" year? Probably both). Since I was around 14 (more or less), I've always done as tradition says and this year has not been an exeption.
One day, my friends and I, decided to go on a two-hour road trip from were we were staying in the Alps, to our favorite winter (and summer) alpine place.
(by the way, we took the 208 I wrote about in my last article, here on Drive Tribe, and it has been great, as expected, cruising up and down snowy mountain passes. Fitted on the car we had winter tyres and they are, obviously, key goods in those situations).
We enjoyed our day in our winter paradise (mainly eating, because it was -11°C outside) and, right when the idea of taking the way home was coming up in our minds, we stumbled across an Ice Arena.
I had fun, a lot of fun. I genuinely couldn't stop laughing specially when I was behind one on my friends, because the whole image was too hilarious to be serious and focused on the actual driving. Well, some times I tried to focus and some serious drifts came out.
Yes, very serious drifts going on there.
The kart itself was not the best, in my opinion: the engine was appalling, mainly because it had no gears and, conseguently clutch kicks were not an option, unfortunately (such a pro difter, right? Not really...). It was not even very powerful, but that's okay, since kids (I believe) could have a go in those.
The suspensions were even worse, in fact, I believe there wasn't any (do karts even have suspensions normally? I don't know). If the track was made of tarmac, it would probablynot be a big of a deal, but it being a mix of ice and compressed snow, and being the end of the day, it was very not perfect, so I found myself jumping all over the place with my buttocks, in some sections. It was very unconfortable but hilarious at the same time.
My friend was, not only, enjoing the driving quite a lot, but he was really ON IT. That racing face expession.
The main drawback was the cold. It was probably -12 degrees and we were not prepared, clothing wise, to this activity (or any outdoor activity done at those temperatures, to be honest), so we suffered a lot, in the last few minutes of driving.
Basically, we really enjoyed that. And, personally, I cannot wait to get back on one of those, maybe with some more appropriate clothing!