Olympic Experience in Whistler
It has already been 4 years since we hosted the biggest show on snow and with the Opening Ceremonies over you can feel the excitement in the air. Our Canadian athletes are all ready to defend our 2010 record setting medal count but this time on Russian soil. Whistler is going to be broadcasting all of the major Canadian events at the Whistler Olympic Plaza including the Men’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal Game on February 23rd which is predicted to be a Russia Canada final! While you are there don’t forget to take a picture at the Olympic rings located just steps away from the big screen.
While you are up taking in the broadcast why not try out some of the Olympic sports yourself. One of the benefits of hosting the Winter Olympics was the legacy program it left behind. The Olympians spend their time training at Whistler Olympic Park for ski jumping, biathlon, cross country skiing, as well as bobsleigh, luge and skeleton and the best part is you can try it out too. There are Discover Cross Country Ski Lessons as well as Discover Biathlon Group Lessons where you actually get to learn biathlon rifle marksmanship. The best in the world make it look so easy but you can find out first hand just how hard it is to try and catch your breath while shooting a gun at a target not much bigger than a toonie.
If speed is more your thing, the Whistler Sliding Center is offering the Bobsleigh and Skeleton Experience where you get to head down the track at speeds over 100kms a hour. This of course is done on a skeleton sled by yourself pointing head first down an icy chute or you can opt for a professional driver to take you down in one of the four man bobsleighs. With this experience you hit speeds over 125kms an hour on the world’s fastest track, dropping 152 meters while navigating 16 corners and reaching 5G’s!
February 10th is Family Day which means 50% off lift tickets when you show your BC ID, so no better time to feel like an Olympian than the present. Test out your speeds on the Dave Murray downhill where the world’s best raced only 4 short years ago or venture over to the Terrain Park which has a jump or rail suited for any skill level and if you are lucky while you are on the CatSkinner Chair, you can catch a glimpse of future Olympians showing off their skills in the black park below.
Don’t forget about our national sport, hockey, there are plenty of opportunities for you and the family to pick up a game of shinny. Olympic Plaza has a free ice skating rink and with this recent blast of cold weather all of the lakes are hockey rink worthy. So even if you missed out on becoming an Olympian you can always be one for the day!!!!!
Photo Credit - Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler