The current world record for skiing is 251.4 km/h (156 mph) and is held by Simone Origone. Simone was born in Aosta in 1979 and now lives in Champoluc, working in the valley as a ski instructor and mountain guide.
Speed skiers regularly exceed 200 km/h (125 mph) and wear dense foam fairings on their lower legs and aerodynamic helmets to increase streamlining. Their ski suits are normally made from air-tight latex, or could have a polyurethane coating to reduce wind resistance. Most only give minimal protection in case of a crash.
Ski 2 were delighted to have Simone teach at the Ski 2 ski school for a week this season. He spent last week in Les Arcs trying to break his record. We are proud to be one of his sponsors.