Local victory for U.S. ice cross downhill

Lex Jackson (left) is currently ranked first in the U.S. and third in the world and competes on the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship Tour. Courtesy photo
Lex Jackson (left) is currently ranked first in the U.S. and third in the world and competes on the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship Tour. Courtesy photo
Staff report

A love of the outdoors, skating, and skiing enabled Chittenden County resident Alexis “Lex” Jackson to compete in the thrilling sport of ice cross downhill, where she ice-skates down a frozen track alongside three other women in an attempt to cross the finish line first.

Jackson is currently ranked first in the U.S. and third in the world and competes on the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship Tour. She’s participated in races in Canada, Germany, Finland and most recently in St. Paul, Minnesota where she finished second.

She is the daughter of Jeff Jackson of Shelburne and Carol Blattspieler of Colchester. She graduated from the Renaissance School located on Shelburne Farms. After enrolling at Maine’s Colby College, she took a semester off to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Jackson first learned about ice cross downhill from a friend and registered for her first race at Afton Alps in Minnesota. “Ice cross downhill is sort of like ice-skating down a bobsled course with jumps and rollers and obstacles and three other girls trying to get down before you,” she said. “I don’t quite know how to explain the feeling of flying down an icy track at 45 miles per hour, other than to say that it makes my heart sing. I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since. I feel that way when I’m racing, when I’m training, when I’m skiing, when I’m hiking, and when I’m climbing. It’s a feeling that makes me want to be alive.”

Jackson placed sixth at the Red Bull Rider’s Cup in Afton Alps, MN in January, and went on to place first in the Course Xtreme in Bathurst, New Brunswick, in February. This placement qualified her for the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in Quebec City where she finished fourth, and she was then crowned the top-ranked woman in the United States.

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