The Flying Kilometre, Les Arcs, France.

DO YOU FEEL THE NEED FOR SPEED?

Where? Probably the world’s most famous flying kilometre, Darren Powell still holds the world snowboard speed record that he set here in 1999, though that might possibly be because no one else has the courage to don the ridiculous speed suit ensemble.

When? The record was set in 1999, but you can still try your hand at it today.

What is it? A long, steep, icy death chute. POint yourself downhill and pray you don’t crash.

Will I need a helmet? If you want to try and beat the record of 125mph, we’d suggest full body armour. And the silly suit.

Can I do it in fancy dress? It’s mandatory.

What chance do I have of winning? Seeing as the current record has stood for fifteen years now, slim.

How fast am I likely to go? The course is completely closed off so all the racers have the chance to go as fast as they dare. If you’re comfortable with hitting 60kmph or faster, here’s your chance to do it. If not, hang back with the kids and the mums and dads, and cruise your way down.

[part title="Time Yourself On The Kitzbuhel Speed Course"]

This is not a picture of Kizbuhel, but it is a picture of Stephan Maurer going very fast. Photo: Ed Blomfield
This is not a picture of Kizbuhel, but it is a picture of Stephan Maurer going very fast. Photo: Ed Blomfield
Where? Kitzbuhel, Austria. When? All season long.

What is it? Head up the Kitzbuheler Horn and witness the spectacle first hand: a closed-off straightline area with a radar speed check at the bottom. Straight-line the piste and your speed is immediately displayed by the read-out at the bottom.

Will I need a helmet? Nah.

Can I do it in fancy dress? You could, but the object here is to go as fast as you can so your best bet is to tuck everything in, strike the diving ‘’I’m going dead fast pose’, and give it your best shot.

What chance do I have of winning it? That depends on who you race against (your mates most likely) and how fast they can go. This is a good laugh though, it’s not dangerous and anyone who can straightline can do it.

How fast am I likely to go? We were there in February 2006 and James Thorne clocked the fastest time with a commendable 76kmph. He did 73 switch too.

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