Five years ago, Whistler had the honour of hosting several events during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Anyone who was here during the games can tell you what a magical time it was. The energy was palpable, and many athletes and visitors fell in love with Whistler during those two weeks in February.
Luckily, the Olympic legacy lives on in Whistler. Five years later, residents and visitors are still enjoying many of the facilities and programs implemented as part of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. If you want to channel your inner Olympian here in Whistler, here are 5 ways to do it.
As you head to Whistler from the Sea to Sky Highway, keep your eyes peeled for a sign that points towards the Whistler Olympic Park. Just south of Whistler in the Callaghan, this venue once hosted multiple Olympic events, including several cross country skiing races. You can sign up for lessons or just explore the park on your own, skiing the very same trails that Olympians once raced on.
Biathlon is another Olympic sport that was held at the Whistler Olympic Park. This multifaceted sport combines cross country skiing and target shooting – try keeping that rifle steady after climbing up a hill on your skis!
You can try your hand at biathlon, learning both classic or skate skiing techniques as well as biathlon rifle marksmanship skills. Maybe we’ll see you at the next Winter Olympic Games!
Look up. See those two mountains up ahead? The one on the right – Whistler Mountain, for the uninitiated – hosted a number of Olympic downhill skiing events. Get your lift tickets and seek out the Dave Murray Downhill run, a favourite among ski racers. Keep your eyes open for the big Olympic rings partway down the mountain for the perfect Olympic photo op.
If skiing down an Olympic run isn’t enough for you, why not ski with a real live, actual Olympian? Whistler Blackcomb’s Snow School offers private lessons coached by local skiers and snowboarders who have participated in the Olympic Games. Can you keep up with Julia Murray, Rob Boyd, Ashleigh McIvor, or Mercedes Nicoll? There’s only one way to find out!
It’s time to move to another Whistler Olympic venue: the Whistler Sliding Centre. Home to the track where Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse earned the gold medal in two-woman bobsleigh, the Whistler Sliding Centre is the perfect place to test your skills on ice.
The Whistler Olympic Bobsleigh Experience is the best place to start. Learn track safety and etiquette, get fitted with the proper equipment, and experience for yourself what it feels like to rocket down the track at speeds up to 125 km/hr.
Once you’ve mastered the bobsleigh, you’ll want to try your hand at skeleton. Yes, that’s the one where you careen down the ice, head-first, on a tiny little skeleton sled.
Channel your inner Jon Montgomery (Canadian gold medal winner of the skeleton event at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games) with the Whistler Olympic Skeleton Experience, and get ready for a wild ride.