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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  • My husband booked the bobsleigh trip. I was very nervous as I am not keen on roller coasters, heights or high speed. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it and wished I had relaxed more to get the most from...  more »
  • Not for the faint hearted. A 45 second G-force bob-sledding ride for 3 people plus a professional driver/bob sledder. You can only do this in Whistler and is something that you must add to your list w...  more »
  • My daughter and I had an excellent experience at the Whistler sliding centre. We did the four man bobsleigh on the Olympic run Awesome! All the staff were very professional, friendly and approachable....  more »
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  • This place was easy to find and a good after noon mini hike from the base station. Watching the bobsleighs go by just a few arms lengths away was exciting. Going down would have been exhilarating. We will be back for sure. A little advice, go early enough that you can race your family down the fastest bobsleigh track in North America maybe even the world. If your a spectator, be sure to dress warmly as you are literally standing in the weather in the middle of the tracks turns and it can get cold especially after the sun sneaks behind the mountain peak. Also, video tape photos may be too slow to catch your loved one scream by
  • The Sliding Centre is located up the mountain, and has a parking lot and building for tourists. They have tours of the track and also bobsled track rides in the summer (no ice, on wheels). Older kids are permitted to ride and ride itself is about 30 seconds at high speeds and decent forces. Don't worry, you only need to lean side-to-side since each sled has its own guide/driver. Before you go down the track in the bobsled they take you on a track walk and talk about some facts about the sliding sports. Very nice place to see if you're visiting or curious about any of it.
  • This was a really fun and educational activity in Whistler. It is a little pricey but it is a non profit and the money supports winter slidding sports! We really enjoyed the experience. Once in a lifetime!
  • We had a great experience here. The staff was very friendly and explained a lot about the history of the venue, construction, maintenance, refrigeration, and how things worked. The summer ride in the wheeled bobsled was fun and MUCH faster than I expected. I would recommend this to anybody.
  • Worth the money and proceeds go towards training athletes. Unique experience, I recommend making time for this on your trip to Whistler

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