On February 13 and 14 participants can try out a variety of different sliding options.
The ice track’s head coaches will teach participants the beginner basics of luge, skeleton, and piloting a bobsleigh.
The Luge session will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, February 13. It is open for ages 8 and up, the cost is $20 per participant. Participants will learn the basic skills from their coach, and then slide from the beginner start point in Curve 13 to go through the track’s final 4 corners, reaching speeds of up to 70km/hr.
Skeleton will be on from 10 am to noon on Wednesday, February 14. Ages 14 and up can register for $50/person. Participants will be taught the correct sled positioning and technique before sliding from the Maple Leaf start (1/3 of the way up the track), reaching speeds of up to 100 km/h.
Bobsleigh love will be spread from noon to 3 pm on February 14. Participants will learn how to pilot their own 2-man sled, go on a track walk and get two runs from Curve 7, taking turns with their partner once as a pilot and once as a brakeman. Minimum age for bobsleigh is 16, cost for the program is $50/person.
This being Valentine’s Day of course, participants are encouraged to get cozy – or not.
“Those who want to cuddle up with their partner can do so in a 2-person bobsleigh, and those who want to get away from their significant other for a bit can slide solo on a luge or skeleton sled,” said Whistler Sliding Centre Director Tracy Seitz. “As long as everybody discovers their love for sliding sports, we consider the event successful.”
Prizes for the fastest racers will be provided by the Whistler Brewhouse.
No prior sliding experience is required and sessions are open to couples and singles, friends and families.
Participants can sign up for one, two or all three sports. There is no maximum age, everybody that is physically fit and that meets certain health and safety requirements can participate.