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Public skeleton back at Whistler Sliding Centre

Passenger bobsleigh and public skeleton return to Whistler Sliding Centre Friday.

Starting on Friday, Dec. 17, the Whistler Sliding Centre will once again be offering public skeleton and passenger bobsleigh activities to the community.

“We are in an Olympic year, so it is extra special that we can give public guests the opportunity to slide like an Olympian themselves,” said Tracy Seitz, managing director of the Whistler Sliding Centre. “They will watch the Olympic races in February with a completely different appreciation.”

Public sliding will be available all winter until March 27 and is open to everyone regardless of experience.

Rides cost $199 per person with proceeds going towards growing sliding sports and supporting bobsleigh, skeleton and luge athletes who train at the venue.

In passenger bobsleigh, three guests will be accompanied by a trained pilot through a 10-corner run reaching speeds of up to 125 km/h. Rides will be available Wednesdays through Sundays, with additional dates added throughout the holidays.

Participants of the passenger bobsleigh must be over 14 years of age.

Skeleton is offered on Saturdays and Sundays to anyone 16 years of age and up and will see participants ride solo through the track’s final six corners, reaching speeds of to 100 km/h.

Both the skeleton and passenger bobsleigh activities include an orientation and background information on the Whistler Sliding Centre’s sports and athletes. Participants must meet specific physical, health and safety requirements.