EXPERIENCE THE THRILL,
WATCH THE WORLD’S BEST
Since before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the world’s fastest bobsleigh/
skeleton/luge track has been in Whistler; and in winter, visitors can experience
the thrill of these high-adrenaline sports in a couple of different ways. When
there’s not an event or athlete training, the Whistler Sliding Centre (WSC) hosts
public bobsleigh and skeleton programs. Bobsleigh participants speed down
the track in four-person sleds with a professional pilot, negotiating the final 10
turns and achieving speeds of 125+ kilometres an hour. Skeleton riders receive
instruction before taking two runs on the track’s final six corners and reach
speeds of up to 100 km/h.
Visit whistlersportlegacies.com or call 604-964-0040.
This winter, WSC will host the world’s best bobsleigh and skeleton athletes for the 2019 IBSF World Championships, Feb. 25 to March 10. The event is the
culmination of the season in the two disciplines, in which racers achieve speeds of up to 145 km/h ( 90 mph). The event will feature some 285 athletes from 35
“It really showcases the best of the best, spanning over a two-week period,” said Chris Dornan, communications director for Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. “It becomes
a mini-Olympics of sorts for the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton.”
The action won’t be limited to the track, though. “The community has really embraced this facility since the Olympics, and an event like this creates that party-like
atmosphere,” Dornan said. “We’ll definitely be connecting Whistler Village to the event, with entertainment and events in the Village.”
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EMBARK ON A GUIDED WHISTLER TOUR
First-time visitors to Whistler, as well as returnees who’d like a geographic and
historic overview of the community and all it has to offer, now have the option of
taking a guided mini-bus tour that will give them a greater appreciation for the
area’s history and geography. Starting in the summer of 2018, Whistler Valley
Tours began offering the Valley Sightseeing Tour, a half-day excursion designed
as the perfect primer for anyone yearning to find out more about the places,
history and all that’s offered in the Whistler Valley.
“People always do the Village Stroll; and if the lifts are open, they’ll go up there.
But a lot of people don’t get much further than that,” said Ryan Powell, the
company’s owner. “When they go home, people might ask, ‘What do you know
about Whistler?’ and that could be all they know. We just want to give guests a
Knowledgeable guides escort guests to glacier-fed lakes, scenic viewpoints, Olympic venues and key historic and cultural landmarks. Want to know more about what
was here before Whistler became a world-renowned resort? It’s all here. “When people get back from the tour, they have a good idea of what they might like to do with
their time here,” Powell said.
Visit whistlervalleytours.com or call 604-967-3509.