Come and check out the ice's temperature, have a go at
learning to drive on ice. With its roots embedded deep within
go-karting Ice karting is the latest craze to hit the ice. Ice Karting is
a very exciting and thrilling activity, it’s fast and furious, even
intense at times with your driving skills being tested to their limits.
Through the introduction of studded tyres, Ice karting is a totally new
driving experience requiring very different driving skills where
technique wins over outright speed, allowing drivers of all ages
and experience as long as they are of a certain height to compete on
level terms. Gentle nudging of the opponents karts is all part of
the fun, but excessive use of bumper car tactics will rapidly earn you
the infamous black flag forcing you into early retirement. Make a
competition out of it or just let each person take their turn to test
there driving skills and ability.
Ice Karting in Meribel only
takes place on Monday evenings between the time 7.30pm - 10.00pm. Due to
the popularity of ice karting it is essential that this activity is
pre-booked if you wish to take part in it. As with all the activities you
must turn up 5-10 minutes before your allotted time and be ready to go
when you are called. If you turn up late for your go the operating
company will fill your spaces with clients that are already there waiting.
If you do turn up late you will be very unlikely to get your go losing
any moneys that you have paid to take part in the activity. It is
essential that you are there early and waiting.
Ice Karting in Meribel take place on the Olympic Ice Skating
rink. Ice skating rinks are solid sheet ice, the earlier time you book
Ice Karting the more slippery the ice is. As the evening progresses and
more and more karts cut up the ice allowing the Ice karts to get more
gain further traction making it slightly easier to control the Karts.
Beware - Ice
Karting is a very popular activity - if you don't pre-book or turn up
late for your booking you will not get a go!
minute organization of equipment / Safety Instruction brief
minutes handing in equipment
When you arrive 5-10 minutes before your allocated time you
need to make your way down through the spectator seating to the side wall
of the ice rink to make it known to the Ice Karting operator that you
(and your group) have arrived and sign in. You will then be told to wait
until you are called. When you are called you will need to grab yourself
a hair net for hygiene reasons and then find a helmet that fits. Helmets
will be located near where you signed in, close to the entrance door of
the ice. As soon as you all have helmets it will be time for your
instruction and safety brief - Pay close attention to the brief as the
operator has total right to cut your Ice Karting session short if you do
not obey the rules! When the operator is ready he will send you out on the
ice to the karts where he will then tell when you can go - Be careful it
After your 10 minutes driving the Ice Karts has finished the
operator will stop the activity lining you all up in lines of two backing
the karts up behind each other as you found them when you started. At
this time you will vacate the ice, place the helmets back where you found
them and throw away you used hair nets. Once you have left the Ice
Skating rink it will be time for a well deserved drink where you can chat
and laugh about your ice karting antics - Jacks Bar just across the
Bridge serves a lovely pint with a friendly atmosphere.
Ice Karting in Meribel takes place indoors on the Olympic Ice
Skating rink in the Park Olympic that was specially built for the 1992 Winter
Olympics. Due to Ice Karting taking place on an ice skating rink the
track is restricted to the shape of the rink. Marked out by small cones
the track is oval shaped with plenty of room for over taking or for being
overtook as the real case might be.
to get there
The 'Free' Meribus can be caught from any bus stop anywhere
in Meribel - but understand it may not necessarily be the correct bus to
take you to the Parc Olympic - The Ice Skating rink. If you are catching
the free bus please make sure you catch the right one and if its not the
direct bus please make sure you know which connecting buses you need to
get on in order to get you to the Ice Karting venue. Please also be very
careful to catch the right buses to give you enough time to get to the
Ice Karting activity on time.
Collected from your chalet you and the other participants
will be transported straight to the Ice Karting venue. The Whitetracks
host will then walk with you to the Ice Skating rink where they will
introduce you all the Instructor, answer any final questions or queries
that you may have and make sure that you are being looked after properly.
The Whitetracks host will wait patiently at the Ice rink
until your Ice karting activity has finished ready to escort you back to
your chalet or hotel. Whitetracks Host
As with all the activities Ice Karting comes with
restrictions. It is important that Alcohol is NOT consumed before taking
part. If Alcohol has been consumed the Ice Karting Operator is within
right to refuse you access to the ice for your ice karting session. If
this happens you will lose any moneys paid for the ice karting activity.
Ice Karting has an age restriction of 10 years of age and
older although, as long as the child is over the 1m 40 height the
operator will not usually enquire as to the age as age is not as
important as the childs height. If the child can not reach the pedals
then they will not be able to take part in the Ice Karting activity.
Please understand it is up to the discrepancy of the Operator NOT
Whitetracks as to whether the child can take part or not.
The Ice Karting company supplies hair nets for you to wear
for hygiene purposes under the helmet that is also supplied. The wearing
of a helmet whilst taking part in the ice karting activity id compulsory.
Gloves are not always available so if you are prone to getting cold hands
it is advisable to take your own gloves.
Although Indoors ice karting activity in Meribel takes place
on the Ice skating rink. Ice Skating rinks are basically housed in huge
refrigerated warehouses meaning that it is still going to be chilly -
especially when just waiting around. Whilst taking part in the Ice
Karting activity you will not notice the cold due to the excitement,
adrenalin and concentration. Please dress for the occasion, a ski jacket
is advisable as it will also provide a little padding and will help
cushion your back in the hard seats of the ice kart
karts available - Individuals or groups catered for
- 42 persons / hour
The Ice Karting company has eight Ice karts in total allowing
eight people to race on the ice at the same time. Occasionally karts do
break down meaning that there will be less karts running - Unfortunately
nothing can be done about this but if the technical problem can be sorted
there and then on the ice it will not be long before the kart is up and
operating again. If the kart can not be fixed ice karting will continue
operating but with less karts.