Know Before You Go - Public Skeleton

Before you book, please read the below to make sure you are ready for your Public Skeleton ride!

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further questions, by email or phone at 604-964-0040.

Public Skeleton Checklist: Are you ready to Slide?

  • Are you between 16 and 75 years old?
    (Guests over 75 years of age may participate providing they can meet the physical strength and dexterity guidelines below.)
  • Will you have a parent or guardian present to sign your waiver when arriving at the Whistler Sliding Centre (participants under 19 years only)?
  • Do you weigh between 90lbs (41 kg) - 220lbs (100 kg) in full winter clothing?
  • Are you between 4’6” (137 cm) and 6’6” (198 cm) in height?
  • Do you have the physical strength to walk a steep grade to the starting of the run, and lift yourself over the 3’ (91 cm) high track wall?
  • Do you have the physical dexterity to be able to strongly grip the sides of the sled?
  • Do you adhere to the federal/provincial health orders and Whistler Sliding Centre venue guidelines surrounding COVID-19?

If you have answered “NO” to any of the above, unfortunately, you will be unable to participate in our public skeleton activity, due to health and safety guidelines.

  • Do you suffer from any heart conditions? 
  • Do you have any previous head, neck or back injuries?
  • Are you or could you be pregnant?
  • Do you have osteoporosis?

We do not recommend taking part in our public skeleton activity if you are pregnant or suffer from a heart condition or any chronic, recent, or severe head, neck or back injuries or osteoporosis. This is due to the pressure (g-forces) put on the body during the ride which may aggravate these conditions, or in the case of osteoporosis cause compression fractures. The potential risks include but are not limited to motion sickness, bumps, bruises, ice rashes, head, neck and back injuries, sprains or broken bones.

Session Schedule: What should you expect?

You will need to check in at the Guest Services building 5-10 minutes prior to your session start time. Those who are not checked in at session start time will not be permitted to slide. Operations may be slightly modified to adhere to current health & safety policies & recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Check-In & Orientation (approximately 30 mins)
  • Sign a waiver
  • Weight & height check
  • Safety orientation
  • Helmet fitting        
Sliding (approximately 1 hr)
  • Walk up to the “Maple Leaf” start position as a group
  • Slide twice on skeleton sled        
Finish (approximately 15 mins)
  • Return to Guest Services
  • Find out your top speed and time
  • Receive your free diploma

Safety

Whilst sliding you will be feeling g-forces of several times your body weight pushing down on your body & speeds up to 100 km/h. Please ensure that you have met the physical 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 to your session start time.

What to Bring/Wear*?

  • Slim fitting, warm winter clothing
  • Shoes with good tread (winter boots or runners)
  • Gloves
  • Your own reusable face mask
  • Tie back long hair, remove loose jewelry
  • Body-mounted cameras are not permitted
  • Own helmets are not permitted, must wear Whistler Sliding Centre helmet.
  • No ski & snowboard boots or high heels

*The Whistler Sliding Centre does not take responsibility for loss, theft or damage of personal belongings.

Spectators

Family and friends are welcome to come and watch your session from the track’s public areas! All spectators must follow track safety procedures, including COVID-19 protocols. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

COVID-19 Precautions

We have implemented new standards and procedures in addition to our existing sanitation and safety protocols. A full outline of these precautions is available here

FAQ

What will happen if I am over the weight or height limit?

Unfortunately if you do not meet our weight and height requirements you will not be able to participate, so we recommend ensuring you are within the limits before arriving at the centre to avoid disappointment. Please note that if you are not eligible for public skeleton due to weight or height, you may still be eligible for our passenger bobsleigh experience (max. weight 285lbs/129kg fully clothed & max. height 6’8”/207cm)

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.

What are the rules around photography/video/point of view cameras?

Participants are permitted to bring their camera devices at own risk, however during the ride those have to be zipped up in a pocket (or left outside the sled). For your safety, we do not permit the use of body-mounted cameras, handheld devices or selfie sticks whilst sliding. Flash photography is not permitted along the track. 

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 one hour of the session is held outside in winter conditions, so warm winter clothing is essential. We recommend your clothing is slim fitted to avoid snags or tears.

How do I get to the Whistler Sliding Centre?

All access options and directions are available here.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

  • You may cancel your booking up to 24 hours prior to your booked activity time to receive a full refund. Cancellations within 24 hours of the booked activity time incur a $20 administration fee per booked guest. 
  • In the event that a session is cancelled (at the discretion of the Whistler Sliding Centre) participants will have the choice of a full refund or re-scheduling.