Whistler Sliding Centre: Public Bobsleigh and Skeleton Programs start this Week!
Whistler, BC: Whistler’s fastest winter activity is launching this week: From December 8 until April 12, 2015, the Whistler Sliding Centre’s public bobsleigh and skeleton programs will be available to the public. The popular program enables the public to experience two adrenalin-fueled Olympic sports that are usually not accessible for non-athletes – on the fastest sliding track in the world!
“This is our fourth season offering public sliding programs, and we are excited that more and more people put our bobsleigh or skeleton rides on their bucket lists”, says Roger Soane, President and CEO of Whistler Sport Legacies, the operator of the Whistler Sliding Centre. “Last season we had 5,000 public sliders down the track, this was an increase of 1,500 from the previous year.”
The public bobsleigh experience, “Thunder on Ice”, enables participants to go on an exhilarating ride in a 4-person bobsleigh, driven by a trained pilot, down through 10 corners, reaching speeds of up to 125 km/hr and feeling the acceleration of up to 4 G-forces in the track’s final and famous Thunderbird Corner. Those partaking in the skeleton sport experience “Lightning on Ice” will launch themselves head-first down the track, safely cradled on their skeleton sled which naturally follows the twists and turns of the track, clocking speeds up to 100 km/hr. The Whistler Sliding Centre is the only place in Canada where public can experience skeleton.
Rides are available for $169 plus tax (for one bobsleigh ride with pilot or two solo skeleton rides/person, minimum age is 16). The programs include a safety orientation where participants get information on track etiquette and safety guidelines before heading out to the track. Both bobsleigh and skeleton rides are offered snow, rain or shine. Advance booking is required and is possible online on www.whistlerslidingcentre.com or by phone under 604-964-0040.