The “Spiral”, located at the foot of Izuna Mountain above central Nagano City, was the venue for the ’98 Nagano Winter Olympics bobsleigh and luge events. This bobsleigh/luge/skeleton dedicated track is the first artificially cooled course in Asia. The venue is open for visiting for free, and several times during the year visitors are given the chance to actually ride down the course.
On January 13th, I took our kids to check out Spiral. We happened to time it while the Challenge Cup bobsleigh competition was taking place. It’s one thing to watch the sliding on TV, it’s an entirely different thing to feel the sled whizz right by in front of your face. Intense!
Bobsleigh / Luge / Skeleton sledding trial dates for the rest of the 2013 season are as follows:
Nagano Prefecture Bobsleigh Luge Skeleton Federation
26-Jan (Sat) and 02-Feb (Sat)
Nagano City Sports Festival