When St. Moritz hotelier Johannes Badrutt convinced some English summer guests to return for the winter in 1864, winter tourism in Switzerland was born. In 1904, as a direct result of the influx of winter visitors, the bobsled was born—when police forbade rowdy Brits from racing their sleds down the steep streets of St. Moritz, forcing them to build a track. These days, the town is home to two bobsled courses, the Cresta Run and the Olympic Run, both of them beautiful, non-refrigerated, hand-built marvels. Even if you can’t visit during the annual World Cup race, when professional bobsledders rocket around the 17 curves of the 1,789-meter long Olympic Run, you can still contemplate the infamous Horseshoe Curve, where racers pull 4.5 Gs right alongside the road.
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