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Whistler Sliding Centre offering public luge sessions for youth

Kids aged 8-14 can try an Olympic sport beginning Nov. 19

Parents, have you ever wondered how your kids would do in an Olympic winter sport? You (and they) will soon get a chance to find out.

The Whistler Sliding Centre is offering its first "Discover Luge" session of the winter on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m., with prices starting at $25 per person. Youth aged 8 to 14 will be able to slide down part of the world-class track, while also learning more about the sport of luge and the equipment required. 

Each session lasts for approximately two hours and begins with an orientation. Coaches like Peter Iliev and Mark Hatton (who each have two Olympic Games under their belt) will instruct young participants on the basics of luge and how to slide safely. Parents are welcome to spectate throughout the event as their children begin from Turn No. 13, sliding through the final four curves of the track. 

Those  interested can also learn more about the Whistler Sliding Centre's seasonal sport programs. The facility offers a seasonal novice luge program for those aged 10 to 14 who wish to participate regularly, and a full-year developmental curriculum for 13 and 14-year-olds interested in becoming serious luge athletes. 

Can't make it out this Saturday? More Discover Luge sessions are scheduled periodically until mid-March. Similar introductory programs for skeleton and bobsled will also kick off in the weeks and months to come. 

For more information, visit the Whistler Sliding Centre's website.