Whistler Sliding Centre: Extended Season, Olympic Pilots for Public Rides, Learn to Slide Day

Monday, March 21, 2016

Whistler, BC: The Whistler Sliding Centre is looking ahead to an exciting season finish. With a strong demand for ice time for both the public bobsleigh and skeleton sport experience rides as well as for athlete training time, the sliding season has been extended by one week and will now end on Sunday, April 3.

With lots of national and international athletes using the track for end-of-season training, the Whistler Sliding Centre has a special treat for public participants of the bobsleigh experience “Thunder on Ice”. World-class Canadian pilots like Chris Spring, two-time Olympian and World Cup race winner on Whistler’s track this January, and Justin Kripps, also two-time Olympian, have joined the pilot team for the public rides. In the coming weeks, participants of the public bobsleigh program might be among the lucky ones who will ride down the world’s fastest sliding track in a truly Olympic sled.

Those who want to learn sliding sports first-hand and in-depth should mark Saturday, March 26 in their calendars, when the Whistler Sliding Centre will be holding an introductory day for luge, skeleton and bobsleigh. No experience is required as participants in the event called ‘Learn to Slide with an Olympian’ will get expert advice and guidance from professional coaches and Olympic athletes. The schedule for the day is as follows:

9:30-11:30am: Discover Skeleton, suitable for ages 15-24, cost $50/person
11:30am-1:30pm: Discover Luge, suitable for ages 8-14, cost $35/person
12:30pm-2:30pm: Discover Bobsleigh/Pilot School, suitable for ages 16 and older,
cost from $200/person (depending on participants’ age).

Advance booking for the ‘Learn to Slide Day’ Discover Sliding programs as well as for the public sport experiences “Thunder on Ice”/bobsleigh and “Lightning on Ice”/skeleton is required and possible online or by phone at 604-964-0040.