Know before you go - Public Bobsleigh
Read below what you need to know before your public bobsleigh ride, and what to expect on the day of! Do not hesitate to contact us for any further questions, by email or phone 604-964-0040!
Are you ready to slide?
Our public bobsleigh ride is a real sport experience and can be strenuous. Whilst sliding you will be feeling g forces of several times your body weight pushing down on your body, and speeds up to 125km/hr. Please ensure that you have met the safety requirements before putting your body under such g forces:
- Are you between 14 - 75* years old?
(If you are between 14 and 16 years old you will need to ride and be positioned in front of a parent or guardian in the sled. The ratio is 1:1 (one adult for every child). If you are over 75 years of age you may participate providing you can meet the physical strength and dexterity guidelines listed above.)
- Will you have a parent or guardian present to sign your waiver when arriving at the sliding centre (participants 14 to 18 years of age)? (government ID required at check in)
- Do you weigh between 90lbs (41kg) - 285lbs (129kg) in full winter clothing? (weighed at check in)
- Are you between 4’6” (137cm) and 6’8” (207cm) in height?** (height taken at check in)
(If you are between 6’6’’ and 6’10’’ in height you must be able to bend below the crash line of the sled in order to participate.)
- Do you have the physical strength to walk a steep grade to the starting of the run and lift yourself over the 3’ (91cm) high track wall?
- Do you have the physical dexterity to be able to strongly grip the sides of the sled?
If you have answered NO to any of the above, unfortunately you will be unable to participate in our public sliding program, due to health and safety guidelines.
- Do you suffer from any heart conditions?
- Have you had any head, neck or back injuries?
- Do you have osteoporosis?
- Are you or could you be pregnant?
We do not recommend taking part in our public sliding program if you are pregnant or suffer from a heart condition. If you have any chronic, recent or severe back or neck injuries or have osteoporosis we do not recommend taking part in our public program due to the G-forces/pressure put on the body during sliding which may aggravate neck or back conditions or in the case of osteoporosis cause compression fractures.
Please note that the potential risks associated with this activity may include motion sickness,nose bleeds,bumps, bruises, ice rashes, neck and back injury and sprains/broken bones.
What should I expect?
So you have met the safety requirement and your ready to go,but what should you expect?
You will need to check in for your session at the guest services building 15 minutes prior to session start time. Those who are not checked in at session start time will not be permitted to slide.
Orientation – Approx 30 minutes:
- Sign a waiver
- Attend a safety briefing
- Fitted with helmet
- ID checked for age
Sliding - Approx 1.5 hours:
- Driven up to the Lower Ladies Start in staggered groups
- Slide once down the track
Finish– Approx 15 mins:
- Receive your top speed results
- Return to guest services in staggered groups
What do I need to bring/wear?
- Slim fitting winter clothing
- Government issued ID
- Shoes with good tread (winter boots or runners)
- Tie back long hair
- Remove loose jewellery
- Personal point of view cameras (GoPro, Hitcase etc.) are not permitted during the ride
- Own helmets are not permitted, only Whistler Sliding Centre helmets allowed
- No ski & snowboard boots or high heels
Our professional photographers have attached cameras to your bobsleigh so that they can record your run down the track. This material may be purchased at the end of the session. Participants are permitted to bring their own compact cameras at own risk, but have to keep them in a zipped up pocked while sliding. The Whistler Sliding Centre does not take responsibility for loss, theft or damage of personal belongings. Flash photography is not permitted.
Whilst sliding you will be feeling g forces of several times your body weight pushing down on your body & speeds up to 125 kmh. Please ensure that you have met the safety requirements above before putting your body under such G forces.
For your own safety you must also:
- Have a basic understanding of English & the cognitive ability to understand/follow instructions
- Not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Not be taking any medication that could impair judgement or physical dexterity.
Family and friends are invited to come and watch your sliding session. All spectators must check in at guest services and follow track safety procedures.
> What will happen if I am over the weight/height limit?
Unfortunately if you do not meet our weight and height requirements you will be unable to participate in our sessions. We highly recommend ensuring you are within the weight limit before arriving at the centre to avoid disappointment.
> If I am under 19 can I bring a letter of consent from my parent or guardian?
Unfortunately we cannot accept letters of consent, we need a parent or guardian present at the time of presentation to sign the waiver.
> Will I be able to ride in the same bobsleigh as my friends/family?
We cannot guarantee that guests within the same reservation will be in the same bobsleigh.Due to safety regulations we are required to fill each bobsleigh with three guests, which can mean that guests must be separated to fill each sled.
> Can I wear a GoPro?
Unfortunately, as a safety precaution, we do not permit any participants to wear helmet or chest mounted cameras whilst riding, in case the camera detaches from a helmet and causes harm to a participant, staff member or spectator.
> Do I need to wear a speed suit?
You may wear a speed suit if you would like but it is not required as part of the session. Please note that over 1 hour of the session is held outside in winter conditions, so warm winter clothing is essential. We recommend this clothing is slim line to avoid snags or tears.
> Do I need to bring my gift certificate to check in?
You will need to bring your gift certificate to check in, if the booking was made using this.
> Can I bring my family and friends to watch?
Yes spectators are welcome. Please ensure that all spectators check in at guest services for a spectator handout.
> How do I get to the Whistler Sliding Centre?
- From Highway 99/Sea-to-Sky Highway in Whistler Village, turn onto Village Gate Blvd.
- Turn right at Blackcomb Way.
- Turn right at Glacier Drive and go up the hill towards Blackcomb Base II (follow directions to Tube Park)
- Turn right at Glacier Lane (under the skier overpass bridge). Follow the blue signs to the Whistler Sliding Centre & to parking lots 7 and 8.
- After passing lot 7 (on your left), take a right turn underneath the skier overpass bridge. Drive straight under the bridge and then turn right as the road forks to arrive at the Whistler Sliding Centre's Guest Services building to check in. FREE Visitor parking is located below the Guest Services in the Visitor Parking Lot.
Visitor parking is located below the Guest Services building: Drive straight under the skier overpass bridge and then turn right as the road forks. Pass the Whistler Sliding Centre Guest Services building on your right, following the road down until you find the parking lot on your right.
If the Excalibur Gondola is running, it is a short walk from Blackcomb Base II to the venue. Exit the gondola at the first stop, walk straight across the ski slope, and straight through parking lot 7, which is located directly in front of you (level with the gondola). Turn left (uphill) on Glacier Lane. You will see our venue as you reach the crest of the hill, on the right hand side of the road. You may ride the Excalibur Gondola without the purchase of a lift ticket as long as you do not have ski or snowboard gear with you. Please check Whistler Blackcomb's website for their lift status as they can close unexpectedly.
- The Whistler Sliding Centre can also be accessed via the BC Transit bus system to Staff Housing – Route 7, followed by a short walk to the venue. For information on timetables and fares please visit the BC Transit website
- To walk from the bus stop: You will exit the bus at the Whistler Blackcomb Staff Housing facility (the last stop). From here head uphill, following the road around. You will pass a large parking lot on your left hand side. Keep walking uphill until you see the Whistler Sliding Centre on your right hand side. Turn into the venue and take the road that forks to the right, down to the guest service building.