Whistler Sliding Centre
Whistler Sliding Centre
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Located above Whistler Village on the side of Blackcomb Mountain, the Whistler Sliding Centre is a world-class bobsleigh, skeleton and luge facility. Public visitors can try Whistler's most unique activities, passenger bobsleigh (winter and summer) and public skeleton (winter). Aspiring athletes can join "Learn to Slide" programming for all skill levels in bobsleigh, skeleton and luge within the BC Sliding Development Centre. The facility is also a National Training Centre and popular training and competition venue for athletes from all over the world. Each year, races for all levels from beginners to the elite of sliding athletes, such as World Cups and World Championships are held on the Olympic legacy venue. Year-round, Olympic Sightseeing is available free of charge through a self-guided interpretive tour. The Whistler Sliding Centre is a non-profit organization, and all proceeds from public programs go directly towards growing sport and supporting current and future athletes!
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malord1980
Calgary, Canada45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
My Wife and I did the summer bobsleigh run and it was fantastic. The staff were all great, the walkthrough of the track was interesting and the ride was the best thing we did in Whistler. Also the money paid goes to help athletes with their costs.
Written September 11, 2020
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Tye B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was a truly amazing experience. The instruction for us was given by a young aspiring olympian and she does an excellent job of making you feel really safe and confident going into it. I was pretty nervous getting there but its really just a fun ride. They take you to a spot on the track thats just high enough up that you get lots of speed for an awesome rush but not so far as your required to steer so you really just hang on. After my first time down the track i just wanted to beat my top speed. I highly recommend this.
Written February 25, 2020
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Eric B
Robbinsville, NJ307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
I can't recommend this experience enough. I've been on it a couple of times and wanted some of my business associates to try it. They loved it! The staff are knowledgeable, safe and fun. Make sure to try this when in Whistler!
Written February 17, 2020
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Jacob G
Comox Valley, Canada66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
I really didn't know what to expect. When my wife said "we could go down the bobsled track" I thought it would be too good to be true. Well, I was wrong. What an experience. How many places could you ACTUALLY get into a bobsled and go down the track? We hit 92 km/hr in the thing. Just for the record, my wife and I beat our two teenage sons' time. Don't mean to brag or anything.
Written July 1, 2021
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Barry H
London7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Solo
This is one of the few places in the world where the public get to try these Olympic sports for themselves. I decided to have a go at both the Bobsleigh and Skeleton in one afternoon.

Bobsleigh - This is like a mad roller coaster ride with some extreme G force and not for the faint hearted. It took me a little by surprise on the way down at just how powerful it was. You do around 2/3 of the track in a public session and have a professional at the front making sure you get around all the corners safely. It is safe however and I really enjoyed it.

Skeleton - This wasn't as fast as the bobsleigh however your head is around 2 inches off the ice! My best speed down the track was 97 kilometres per hour. You can go down the track twice. This was my favourite out of the two activities. You made more of a difference to the outcome of your time.

Staff were friendly enough although a little disorganised at times and didn't speak loudly enough when speaking to large groups of people.

Not cheap but very enjoyable day!
Written February 27, 2012
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323emma
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
We visited the Wistler Sliding Centre to do the bobsleiging. After much waiting around we walked up to a tent where we were given an orientation. We then waited at the bottom corner of the track and watched the first 2 sleighs come down. My boyfriend and I were split up into separate groups so at this point he was driven to the top of the track and we didn't see eachother again until we were both finished.

Being split up and coming down on spearate sleighs kind of wrecked the day for us. I spent a long time just hanging around on my own waiting for my turn. We were told we could get a photograph together at the end but my boyfriend had to take his drive down just as I finished my turn.

For the cost of it, I think more effort should be made to keep groups and couples together, I understand it's not always possible but when it isn't they should at least ensure you get to see eachother coming down on the sleigh or even just get a photograph together at the top.

Also the video of the sleigh ride is $45 so we would have had to buy 2 which is pretty ridiculous. Overall, I feel a bit ripped off and disappointed with the whole experience.
Written January 4, 2015
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NatureLover O
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
The staff at the Sliding Centre were wonderful and friendly. Before the ride, all the guests are briefed on the history of bobsleigh in the Olympics and the staff took the time to thoroughly explain the risks involved (which was very important and gave all of us the confidence and comfort to do the ride, all are first-time riders). Snowy was awesome in the briefing, and we were lucky to have him as our pilot. Lots of fun and surprisingly learnt a lot about bobsleighing in general and their sportmen!! Just watch out for banging of head around the track.

Also, the proceeds of the ride support training of the athletes there. So well-worth doing the ride.

Overall, an excellent experience, thanks Snowy and all the wonderful staff at the Centre!

HKExpress
Written September 8, 2015
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MikeGalos
Bellevue, WA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
What did the reviewers get wrong? For me, I seriously hope this is not a "once in a lifetime experience" but something I get to do at least every year and only regret not living closer so I could be back on a skeleton more often than that.

My wife and I went up to Whistler in February mostly for the opportunity for us to actually do bobsled/bobsleigh and for me to try skeleton. I expected it to be, as many reviewers have said, a "once in a lifetime experience" and while that may be true for bobsleigh for me, that's only because I became addicted to skeleton.

There are a lot of reviews that talk about the professionalism and helpfulness of the staff and those are, if anything, understated. Every person involved clearly loved the sliding sports and that love came through as being willing to do anything to make sure that everyone interested had the chance to share that love. And for many of us, it worked.

I'll skip the step by step description of what to expect since there are already quite a few reviews that cover that very well but will tell you the one thing that most people seemed surprised by in their runs. While watching the sliding sports, they appear wonderfully graceful and you expect the G-forces to gradually shift from side to side. That is not the case. The G-forces are intense and brutal and surprising the first time. I suspect that's a big reason why first skeleton run times are pretty consistently a bit slower than the second. But, by your second run you know what to expect and surprise turns into that feeling that you get when auto racing, that "just one more lap and I can do just a little better". In this case, for me it was, "Just one more run down the hill and I can do a better job of keeping my shoulders down in the 'Gold Rush Trail' corner complex and shave off a few hundredths of a second".

OK. I admit it. My name is Mike and I'm a Skeleton Addict.
Written April 12, 2015
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crzzzr
Sydney, Australia276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Friends
Our family enjoyed the Bobsleigh event at the Whistler Olympics in 2010 and were keen to check this out! I understand they only opened this up to the public in late 2011.

Availability is somewhat limited, so first thing, you need to pre-book before you get to Whistler if you really want to do this. They can only take around 24 for bobsleigh I think, and perhaps up to 20 for skeleton. It was only available on weekends when we were there.
Cost is around CAD$150 for either one. You ride in groups of three for the bobsleigh, with one of their professional drivers at the helm. They will team you up there or you can make your own team (subject to weight limits). With the skeleton, you ride totally on your own (the tip is to pretend you are a sack of potatoes and don't move!).

What attracted us to this ride was the "Know Before You Go" conditions:
"Participants should use the washroom before the start of the run (due to gravitational pressure on the bladder during runs)." haha - cool.

The age limits are 16 or older up to 75. Must also weigh less than 110kg or 240lb.
Be between 4' 6"/137cm and 6'6"/198cm. Plus other typical conditions of rollercoaster type rides.

The bobsleigh gets 1 run down the track from about 2/3rd up.
The skeleton gets 2 runs down the track from about 1/2 way up.
The varying start points is in place to limit the speeds and keep things safe. Bobsleigh gets up to 140kph and skeleton to around 100kph. Of course the skeleton you are only a few inches off the ice!

If you take the bobsleigh, you can also purchase a DVD of the ride with Point of view plus another camera looking back at the riders - very sweet. Here's a link to our bobsleigh video: https://vimeo.com/38078217

Friends/family can go and watch your run - and as you can see from the pics, you can get right up close to the track. The bobsleigh makes a cool roaring sound as it travels down the ice!

You can also visit the sliding centre for free and at certain times, watch events or people training - the schedule is posted on their website.

At the end of our run, we just wanted to go again! I would have to say that it's not as bad as some of the rollercoasters I've been on and was a load of fun! This is as close as you will get to experiencing what the professionals get to do - and I can highly recommend this once in a lifetime experience.
Written March 28, 2012
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jem
Forest Row, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
Two hours of time wasting, hanging around waiting for the staff,over an hour of history and 50 secs, of thrill. a complete waste of my very short time in Whistler, I,ve come a long way.
Written September 4, 2017
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Hello BeccaHors, We are sorry that you did not enjoy your experience. Our public programs are designed as comprehensive sport experiences vs pure amusement rides. Aside from the ride down the Olympic track and the activity-related safety orientation, we give our guests a look behind the scenes of sliding sports and our venue. This also makes our guests understand what they are contributing to with their program participation, because as a not-for-profit organization, we assign all proceeds from public sliding directly towards sport, to make training on our track more affordable for athletes. Thank you very much for your review! Whistler Sliding Centre
Written September 15, 2017
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