This is one of the strangest things we've read about in a while. Evidently someone had the idea to build a simulation that actually gives you the feeling you're in an avalanche, replete with cold air, full rotation, sound, etc. Everything you might expect if you were caught in an avalanche, except the whole asphyxiation or broken neck part. Because, lord knows right before victims die in an avalanche, they're having the time of their lives riding what might be considered the best roller coaster on earth. The simulator cost 600,000 euro to build and will open Dec. 20th at les Deux Alpes. Here's the description of it:
The simulator has two cabins and a large fan to blow cold air. The simulator can rotate around six axes and can throw the user through an arc of seven meters. The ride lasts 2 minutes including a final 20 seconds of avalanche. A lot shorter than the intermiable wait most victims endure before they are rescued. The simulator is housed in a giant dome which also includes an exhibition on the theme of avalanches as well as a film prepared in conjunction with the French snow and avalanche research association.