Backchat was chuffed to receive an invite from Intech Solutions for a winter sports jamboree in the Norwegian ski resort of Lillehammer.

We were expecting the usual gentle glide down a green run, followed by a couple of warming glühweins before heading straight to the après-ski bar, so imagine our surprise when we were escorted to the top of the 1994 Olympic Games bobsled run and strapped on to a glorified tea-tray.

About two minutes and 120kph later we opened our eyes to find ourselves at the bottom of the run - in fact so grateful to be alive that we would have done or signed anything. Backchat wondered if this was Intech's way of securing new clients.