Climb into a five-person bobsled manned by professional drivers and brakemen and shoot down the World Cup track at upstate New York’s Lake Placid Olympic Sports Center. Twisting, icy and fast, the steel-reinforced concrete half pipe delivers a short but stomach-lurching thrill—and is well worth an afternoon off the slopes of nearby Whiteface. After all, the run is the same serpentine spillway that the U.S. bobsled, skeleton and luge teams use for training and competition. The course begins at thehalfway point of the World Cup run, and features 11 banked turns andnumerous straight aways in speeds up to 55 mph. The course is open throughout thewinter, and the track is kept slick andfast.On busy winter weekends,you’ll want to make reservations. And keep in mind that children who don’t measure up to the four-foot height minimum will have to try again next year.
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