Scoop: Whoa, Canada!
Are you always first in line to try the latest thrill ride? Then get yourself to Whistler this winter for an attraction so cool it’s frozen. The Whistler Sliding Centre, site of the bobsled, luge and skeleton events at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, is offering the public a piloted four-man bobsled experience and a solo skeleton experience, which means anyone with enough loonies can slip-slide down the same ice chute as last February’s gold medalists. OK, you’ll be starting a little farther down the track, but we’ll keep that between us; no need to tarnish a perfectly good bragging moment with technicalities. You’ll still be hitting speeds of about 60 mph (skeleton) and 85 mph (bobsled), which feels even faster in Canadian kilometers. Sliding times are scheduled for late afternoon, early December (for skeleton rides; bobsledding begins in January) through March. Allow two and a half hours for the experience, which includes instruction, a tour of the center and time to reconsider. $130–$140 Canadian. Whistler Sliding Centre, 4910 Glacier Lane, Whistler, British Columbia; 604-964-0040; whistlerslidingcentre.com.