Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games were an amazing highlight in Whistler’s history. Luckily, the Olympic legacy lives on in Whistler! Visitors and locals have the opportunity to visit the Olympic venues and even participate in exciting sports. Not far from Whistler Village on the side of Blackcomb Mountain, is the Whistler Sliding Centre which played host to the bobsled, luge and skeleton events during the games.
The track at the Whistler Sliding Centre is known as the fastest track in the world! During the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the fastest speed reached was 147.9 km/h in the four-man bobsleigh certification process.
Today, the track is operated by Whistler Sports Legacies, a non-profit organization aiming to promote the Olympic legacy and develop the next generation of athletes.
Visit the Whistler Sliding Centre to learn all about the Winter Games, sliding sports and operation of the track. Grab a map at the Guest Services building and follow the self-guided tour around the venue. Visitors can also have the opportunity to stand on the Olympic podium and take a seat in an Olympic sled.
The venue is open year-round from 9 am to 4:30 pm and sightseeing access is free, except during special events.
Take a ride down the world’s fastest ice with a skilled bobsled pilot. Following orientation, you will get into a 4-person bobsled and race down the track, experience the g-forces through 10 twists and turns. Feel the thrill as your sled travels at speeds of 125+km/hr.
This is experience is available from December 20 to March 29, 2020, and does not require any previous experience. Participants must be at least 14 years of age or older.
In the public skeleton experience, you get to ride not once, but twice, head-first down the world’s fastest track — sounds crazy right?!
Following orientation, you will take off from the Maple Leaf starting point, sliding through six corners and reaching speeds of up to 100km/hr.
This is experience is available from December 20 to March 29, 2020, and does not require any previous experience. Participants must be at least 16 years of age or older.
Visit the Whistler Sliding Centre during one of the many exciting events to see skilled athletes race down the track as they compete for provincial, national and world titles.
Canadian Luge Championships
February 26-27, 2020
Canadian Skeleton Championships
March 28, 2020
Check out other upcoming events here.
During the winter, visitors can take the Excalibur Gondola from Whistler Village to Blackcomb Base II. You may ride the gondola free of charge to Base II as long as you do not have ski or snowboard gear with you. From Blackcomb Base II, it is a short walk to the Whistler Sliding Centre. Check out detailed directions here.
Visitors can access the Whistler Sliding Centre by taking the BC Transit bus #7 to Staff Housing. From the Staff Housing bus stop, it is a short walk uphill to the Whistler Sliding Centre. Check out detailed directions here.
The Whistler Sliding Centre is located just a short drive up Blackcomb Mountain at 4910 Glacier Lane. The Guest Services building at the venue offers free parking for visitors. Check out detailed directions here.