Veltins Ice Arena Winterberg Hochsauerland

Bob sleigh riding has a long tradition in Winterberg. In 1910, the men of Winterberg put a huge amount of energy into building the first bob-sleigh run from natural ice. During the 1950s and 60s, bob sleighing faced major problems. The weather made it almost impossible to create the track. This was why artificial ice began to be used in Winterberg. After work officially began on 30.09.1976, 50,000 m³ of earth were moved. 14,000 m² in area were planked and 5,200 m³ of concrete was used. The Winterberg bob-sleigh and toboggan track was built.

Description

It was opened on 10.12.1977. The 776 m-high ice track, the Winterberg “Kappe”, is among the fastest in the world. Here, safety is paramount. In 1986, the Hochsauerlandkreis local authority and the town of Winterberg moved the finish run and brought the facility up to the highest technical standards. Thanks to the large cooling aggregates, the track could even be iced during the summer. At higher temperatures, cold ammoniac is pumped through 62 km-long pipelines - as with a refrigerator.

On the track, a fast pace is made possible by the famous “roundabout” and the “omega bend” with top speeds of up to 150km/h. Every year, international bob-sleigh, toboggan and skeleton championships are held on the 1,606 m-long ice track.

In 2015, the bob-sleigh track hosted the FIBT Bob & Skeleton world championships.

Guided tours

Tuesday, Saturday
Start: 2.00 pm
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Costs: 15 € with Sauerland Card, 17 € without Sauerland Card, 12 € for children up to age 12, 10 € per person for groups of 10 - max. 15 people
Registration by phone by 2pm on the previous day at the Tourist Information centre Winterberg, Am Kurpark 4, tel. 02981 - 92500 required!
The regular guided tours are offered from March to October, and only on request during the winter months.
Meeting point: Entrance to the upper bob-sleigh track

Entry via turnstile gate€1.00 per person

Other prices apply on World Cup or other competition days; free of charge on training days. For more information, see http://www.veltins-eisarena.de/

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Veltins Ice Arena Winterberg Hochsauerland

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