St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic bob runLife in the fast lane
The St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic bob run isn’t simply the only natural ice track in the world – it’s a legend in its own right. A fact that quickly becomes clear once you climb aboard.
Bob tracks in Europe, North America and Japan all have to be artificially refrigerated. Not so in St. Moritz. The world’s oldest bob run relies exclusively on snow, water and manpower. The story of the St. Moritz bob run, like it’s unusual construction, is quite unique. Since it was completed in 1904, it has played host to numerous European and World Championships, as well as two Winter Olympic Games. Every year skeleton and luge athletes also compete on this historic track.
The fastest taxi in St. Moritz
Driver at the front, pusher at the back and two passengers in between: the narrow bobsleigh rockets through the course, relaying every bump and groove. For the first hundred metres, you’ll still have time to admire the landscape whizzing past. But then the high-speed corners will press you deeper and deeper into the sleigh. At the infamous «Horse Shoe corner» the ice taxi is subjected to a g-force of five times its own weight, a feat that is routinely rewarded by cheers from the spectators. Now the bobsleigh really picks up speed, reaching up to 130 km/h in the home stretch. After just 75 seconds the adrenaline rush is over. You’ll leave the track buzzing and filled with a new found respect for your courageous driver. That’s more or less what it’s like to be a passenger on the bob run. The bobsleighs used for the taxi rides are slightly modified four-man racing bobsleighs. They’re driven by experienced bob pilots and accompanied by a brakeman. Passengers sit in between, in positions two and three. The rides are generally held during the day after training or competitions and must be booked in advance.
- Starting line: 1,852 m a.s.l.
- Finishing line: 1,738 m a.s.l.
- Length: 1,722 m
- Difference in altitude: 130 m
- Average downhill gradient: 8.14%
- 14 corners
- Top speed: up to 135 km/h
- Centrifugal force: up to 4.5 G
- Constructed using 15,000 m3 of snow
- Operating since 1904
- Oldest and only remaining natural ice track in the world