Beginner Bobsleigh instruction Whistler Sliding Centre

Bobsleigh Foundation School

Youth and adults (16+) that want to acquire the skills to become a bobsleigh pilot can enrol in one of our multi-day Bobsleigh Foundation Schools. These are held on select dates from November to March. Schools generally occur three times over the winter season and take five days to complete.

During the school, the basic skills needed to pilot a bobsleigh are taught in the classroom and practiced on the ice. Athletes begin at Curve 7 in a non-articulated training sled before moving into an articulated 2-man bobsleigh. Participation in the Bobsleigh Foundation School includes both driving and braking duties, as participants will trade off with one another during the sessions. Over the course of the five days, experienced coaches help athletes develop and refine their skills as they move to higher start heights on the track (read more about our coaches here).

Successful completion of a Bobsleigh Foundation School allows athletes to join the B.C. Sliding Development Centre’s Bobsleigh Progression Camps, where athletes further refine their skills and eventually move to the top of the Whistler track.

General Program Info
Who
  • Individuals aged 16 and up; 13-15 years old in monobob at coach's discretion
  • No previous experience needed
  • Must be physically fit, and meet certain health and safety requirements
When

Select dates from November 2021 to March 2022. Weekly Sunday format and multi-day block format available.

Weekly Sunday Format:

Four sessions, weekly on Sundays; Participants are expected to attend all four sessions to complete the school

  • November 20, 2021 plus 3 consecutive Sundays
  • January 23, 2022  plus 3 consecutive Sundays
Multi-day block Format:
  • December 8-12, 2021
Cost
SCHOOL FEE, CANADIAN RESIDENTS, AGES 14-25:

(ID required; the age range of 16 to 25 years aligns with long-term athlete development stages in the sliding sports and the Canadian Sport for Life program. This age range allows us to capture early, as well as late stage Olympic potential athletes.)

  • $300, includes use of a bobsleigh and helmet (applies to both weekly and block formats).
SCHOOL FEE, ALL OTHER PARTICIPANTS:
  • $825, includes use of a skeleton sled and helmet (applies to both weekly and block formats).
ACCOMMODATION: 

Athletes in need of accommodation can book their stay at the Whistler Athletes' Centre, starting at $87/night. Accommodation & school fees are separate bookings/payments. Applicable athlete discount applied at booking. 15% if booked outside 14 nights from arrival and 5% if booked within 14 nights of arrival. Ask about our discounts for stays longer than 15 consecutive nights.

Registration & More Info

Contact us by email or phone at 604-964-0044 for any further questions and to register!

Camp registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start of each camp. Please make sure you submit your registration by the deadline to allow for camp planning, organization and to ensure the safety of athletes and staff.

Whistler Sliding Centre 4910 Glacier Lane
Whistler BC V8E 0C2
Canada