COLD AS ICE
Frozen Whistler Adventures
STORY BY DARRYL PALMER
IMAGES BY JOERN ROHDE
Mention the word ice to any skier or snowboarder, and the person will likely shudder and
shake as if touched by frozen hands at the
start of a massage. The thought of edges
sliding uncontrollably through your turn
is incredibly frustrating, but that sound —
oh, that sound. Ugh!
In Whistler, we are blessed with more
than 11 metres ( 33 feet) of beautiful
coastal snow annually, so the playground is
constantly being buffed up for our sliding
pleasure. But ice isn’t all bad. Heck no!
From mellow, family-friendly and bucket-list adventures to adult-only indulgences,
there are several ways to enjoy the frozen
stuff in and around Whistler, and some in
ways you probably never imagined.
One of the coolest experiences is at the
Whistler Sliding Centre. It was the host
venue for all the sliding events during the
2010 Vancouver Olympics. Today, this
Olympic legacy venue still hosts World
Cups, is the main training centre for
Canada’s national sliding athletes and is
open to the public. Depending on your
level of commitment, you can try either
skeleton or bobsledding. No previous
experience is required, and an orientation
session is provided before going on track.
WHISTLER SLIDING CEN TRE