The Snow Report
Always wanted to climb into a bobsled, or shimmy onto a luge, and fly down a steep, narrow track at obscene speeds? Now’s your chance.
All three North American host cities for the Winter Olympics have opened their tracks to the public. At the Whistler Sliding Center, a bobsled ride with a trained pilot goes for $159. Or, for the same price, you can try the Skeleton—that means hurtling down the track face first, and solo. In Park City, the Utah Olympic Park charges $200 a head for a bobsled ride, or $50 to go through four curves of the track on a Skeleton sled. Lake Placid’s Whiteface charges a bargain $80 for the bobsled or $65 for the Skeleton.
Meanwhile, in Muskegon, Michigan, there’s a shortened luge track that was designed for beginners by a former Olympian—there, a luge ride (including two and a half hours of instruction before you slide) goes for just $40.