Public Summer Bobsleigh Experience Starts June 27 - Participants in Whistler’s Unique Attraction help Support Sliding Sports

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Whistler, BC: The Whistler Sliding Centre’s Summer Bobsleigh Attraction “Rolling Thunder” is going into its second season on June 27. Teams of four together with a trained pilot can race down the track in a bobsleigh equipped with wheels, reaching speeds of up to 90 km/hr while going through ten corners, including the famous “Thunderbird Corner”. Although the ride on wheels is slightly mellower than the winter version on ice (which is up to 35 km/hr faster), participants still get a thrilling taste of what the sport of bobsleigh is all about. The experience is suitable for participants twelve years of age and up, and there are attractive discounts available for families and groups. A safety orientation together with interesting information on sliding sports and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is provided before the ride. The activity will be available Thursdays until Mondays (closed Tuesday/Wednesday), rain or shine, from June 27 to September 6, 2015. The cost for one bobsleigh ride with pilot is $89 + tax per person. Booking is possible online here or by phone at 604-964-0040.

While for the participants, getting a taste of bobsleigh in summer is mainly an adrenaline rush, for the Whistler Sliding Centre the public programs are an essential initiative to help fund sliding sports and athletes’ training in winter. In the 2014/2015 season, the local BC Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association and BC Luge as well as development and top-level sliding athletes from Europe, Asia, South America and Australia trained at the track. 18 sliding competitions from regional to World Cup level were held at the Whistler Sliding Centre last winter. “Our public programs, both in summer and in winter, are an important component for our mission to grow sport. Revenue generated by enabling public to try sliding sports immediately goes towards supporting athlete training and venue operations in the winter”, explains Roger Soane, President and CEO of Whistler Sport Legacies.

And the effort pays off: Last winter, some of Whistler’s own ‘legacy babies’ proved their skills on the world stage, with local lugers Matt Riddle, Reid Watts and Adam Shippit finishing first overall in the Junior World Cup for their respective categories, and with skeleton talent Jane Channell placing fourth in the World Championships in Germany.