Innsbruck-Igls Bobsled Run, Igls, Austria

Date Built
1973 - 1974
Heiligwasserwiese 1 A - 6080 Igls
The Inns' Bruck tourism website says of this facility that, "... The Olympic Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Track in Innsbruck-Igls has enjoyed cult status since hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 1976 and Stefan Raab’s Wok World Championships.

The first world championships in bobsled and luge were staged at Igls in 1935 on a track that ran from "Römerstraße" to the valley station for the "Patscherkofelbahn". However, after a number of deadly accidents in the final curve, that run was closed after a few years.

In preparation for the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, construction of a new artificial run at Innsbruck-Igls was started in 1962. This involved two separate artificial ice runs with a length of 1.506 m, 13 curves and an altitude difference of 136 m.

When Innsbruck stepped in and rescued the 1976 Winter Olympics, because Denver dropped out, another artificial ice tube was built in 1973/1974. This time the two separated runs were replaced with a combined bobsled, luge and skeleton run. This was the first combined run of its kind in the world.

For the most part, this is the run we see today although there have been some modifications.  The "Bobcafé" was extended, ....

... the run was extended for one curve in 1981, then in 1990/91 a starting point for women on the 5th curve was built completing the expansion. I gather that the cement pipe was reconstructed in 2004.


Total length: 1.270 m
Altitude difference: approx. 100 m
Number of curves: 14 (incl. the "Kreisel")
Max. curve height: 7 m
Total length of the cooling tubes: 80 km
Artificial ice surface: 5.500 m