This is truly one for speed freaks. Bobsleighing? Hurtling down a mountain in a small contraption that can overturn (if you’re British you’ll never forget the Brits going awol at the last Winter Olympics…and emerging safely, but still).
But if you love speed and thrills, then test yourself on the bobsleigh run, built for the 1991 Albertville Winter Olympics. 19 hair-raising bends, from 0 to around 80mps in seconds; 1500 meters to negotiate -- this is a highly technical, skilled run. You can either go in company with your family in a bob-raft, or if you are 16 years or older, you can do it on your own. And if 80 mph is for wimps, then try the third option. Le Taxi-bob, described as the Rolls-Royce of the ice, takes 3 passengers behind the professional driver and can reach speeds of 120 mph so you really do know what those Olympic professionals feel like. You won’t be alone; some 14,000 people a year try the bobsleigh ride at La Plagne.
La Plagne is open from December to April 30th, 2011