Simone Origone of Italy reached the incredible speed of 252.454 km / h (156.868 mph) on Monday on the speed track of Chabrières in the Hautes- Alpes, France. The 34 year old speed skier improves his own world record , set in 2006 in Les Arcs, France when he reached a speed of 251.397 km/h (156.210 mph).
The Chabrières speed track is 1,220 meter (4002 feet) long , has a vertical drop of 495 meters (1624 feet) with a start at 2,715 meters (8907 feet) and a finish line at 2,220 meters (7283 feet) . The maximum steepness of the slope is 98 % with an average of 52 % .
In 2002, Philippe Goitschel of France had reached a speed of 250.70 km/h (155.777 mph).