Speed skiing has to be seen. Definitely not on TV, because the cameras fool the eyes into slowing it down, but witnessed at the scene.
I stood at the top of the Les Arcs speed track in France back in the late 80s (that was the old track) when it was registering speeds of around 120mph. The current records, on the 1992 Olympic track, are over 150 mph.
These have to be the bravest craziest skiers on earth. When they fall they slide and bounce (in skin-tight suits) for what looks like half a mile. You can imagine the burns and bruises. The sounds of skis at these speeds are unique.
Truly frightening when you see the pitch of the track from the top.
The mountain where the event takes place -the Aiguille Rouge - is also one of the greatest hills I've ever skied. 2000 metres - 7000 vertical feet - of continuous skiing from the top, on the longest black run into the valley.
Go ski it (I recommend low season, maybe 3rd week of April if the snow's looking good)! But find out when the records are being attempted too.www.lesarcs.com