Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler

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The Whistler Sliding Centre is a Canadian bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track located in Whistler, British Columbia, that is 125km north of Vancouver. The centre is part of the Whistler Blackcomb resort, which comprises two ski mountains separated by Fitzsimmons Creek. Located on the lowermost slope of the northern mountain, Whistler Sliding Centre hosted the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton competitions for the 2010 Winter Olympics.Design work started in late 2004 with construction taking place from June 2005 to December 2007. Bobsledders Pierre Lueders and Justin Kripps of Canada took the first run on the track on 19 December 2007. Certification took place in March 2008 with over 200 runs from six different start houses, and was approved both by the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation and the International Luge Federation . Training runs took place in late 2008 in preparation for the World Cup events in all three sports in early 2009. World Cup competitions were held in February 2009 for bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton. The top speed for all World Cup events set by German luger Felix Loch at 153.98km/h. In late 2009, more training took place in preparation for the Winter Olympics.
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  • Very pleasant surprise to see real national teams to train there. The speed of the skeletons is impressive!
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  • This is a great way to experience the bobsled ride. The tour guides/drivers are fantastic! You get to walk the course for part of the way (don't worry, it's downhill) which is very cool. The ride itse...  more »
  • This is unmissable if you are a fan of winter sports. The ride on the track will be less than a minute, but what a minute! An awesome experience in itself, and for us, the long preamble, with a tour o...  more »
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  • Did a sweet bobsledding day as a WB staff special. So much fun! These guys work hard!
  • 3.5 to 4 stars. Was fun. Did Bobsleigh. Only thing that would be awesome is if you could pay a bit more for a 2nd run. 1st run you are just trying to deal with the "g-forces" once you get to full speed, 2nd run you'd be prepared and enjoy a bit more. Experience takes 1-1.5 hrs depending on where you are put in your groups. Ride itself is 40-45 seconds. One professional (competing and some ex-competing) driver and 3 guests behind. They give you a push start. Slow at start, super fast at end.
  • It's a unique experience that's a lot of fun. Great staff and all not-for-profit, the proceeds go towards funding the training sessions for future athletes
  • Great visitor's center for bobsled and skeleton!!!
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