Inferno Murren downhill with a 60% of maximum gradient
In the theatre of Alpine scenery, the Inferno Mürren downhill is one of the most dramatic and challenging 4 wheel experiences on Earth. Located in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, the downhill ski track is 14.9km long on a slope of up to 60% over ice, loose rock, mud, broken asphalt, grass and gravel. The route is in dreadful condition and demands 100% concentration.
Set high in the Swiss Alps, the track is 14.9km (9.25 miles) long on a 2,170 metre vertical descent. The drive starts at Schilthorn, (best known as the mountain hideaway of Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service), at an elevation of 2.970m (9,744ft) above the sea level, and ends at Lauterbrunnen, at 800 m asl. It's one of the highest roads in Europe.
The track is accessible only during the snow-free summer. The surface of the gruelling drive, strewn with boulders, includes ice, loose rock, wet mud, broken asphalt, grass and gravel. The trickiest passage is the gun barrel, a treacherously narrow gully. Hurtling down the mountainside at a gradient of up to 60 percent it still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. With 14.9km of ever-changing terrain words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging. At an altitude of 2,970 metres the weather can be unpredictable, to say the least. The track is throwing up some of nature’s toughest challenges: 180-degree bends, lung-bursting climbs and frozen forest paths.Fog and mist patches make for poor visibility.