St Moritz is a luxury Alpine resort in Switzerland in the Engadin valley. It has hosted the Winter Olympics twice and has the famous Cresta Run, a world championship bobsled run made of natural ice. St Moritz Tobogganing Club was established in 1885 when the first run was built, and has since gained a worldwide membership. Whilst the run and the traditions surrounding it remain constant, the toboggans and equipment have much evolved.
The run is a natural ice run built from scratch every year with snow which is then iced. It is approximately 3/4 of a mile long (1,212m) with a drop of 514 feet (157m). Only qualified riders can start at ‘Top’, all other riders must start at ‘Junction’. The run has 10 corners which all have names, the most famous of these being the Shuttlecock. Fallers at Shuttlecock automatically become members of the Shuttlecock Club and are entitled to wear the Shuttlecock Tie! The Cresta Run usually opens just before Christmas for about 10 weeks.