Know Before You Go - Public Skeleton
Read below everything you need to know before your public skeleton 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.
Public Skeleton Checklist: Are you ready to ride?
- 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 listed 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)?
- (Government ID required at check in; youth without ID will not be permitted to ride.)
- 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?
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.
Check-In & Orientation (approximately 30 mins)
- Sign a waiver
- ID check for age
- 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 as a group
- Find out your top speed and time
- Receive your free diploma
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 winter clothing
- Government issued ID for minors
- Shoes with good tread (winter boots or runners)
- 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.
Family and friends are invited to come and watch your session from the track’s public areas! All spectators must check in at Guest Services and follow track safety procedures. Dogs must be kept on a leash.
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). Flash photography is not permitted along the track. As a safety precaution, we do not permit any participants to use body-mounted cameras, handheld devices or selfie sticks whilst riding.
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?
- 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/follow the blue signs to the Whistler Sliding Centre & parking lots 7 and 8.
- After passing lot 7 (located on your left), take a right turn at the top of the hill and go underneath the bridge. Past the bridge, turn right as the road forks to arrive at the Whistler Sliding Centre.
- FREE Visitor parking is located right below the Guest Services building, park your car and continue from there to the Guest Services building to check in.
- Take the BC Transit bus "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 to the Guest Services building.
If Whistler Blackcomb’s Excalibur Gondola is running, it is a short walk from Blackcomb Base II to the venue. 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. 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. Please check Whistler Blackcomb's website for their lift status as they can close unexpectedly.
All access options and directions are available here.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to your reservation date and receive a full refund. Cancellations made after this period are non refundable. Any changes made to the reservation date or time are subject to availability and a $30 administration fee. 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.