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Sliding for fun and to help end hunger


Staff writers
December 11, 2012 — Whistler Mountain is home to some of the best snow in Canada - but for those who don't frequent the slopes all that often, there's another venue that may get their adrenaline pumping and, on Monday, raise money for food banks.


The Whistler Sliding Centre hosted the world's top skeleton athletes during the 2010 Winter Games.
The Whistler Sliding Centre hosted the world's top skeleton athletes during the 2010 Winter Games.

The "Skeleton Slide for Hunger" on Monday took advantage of the Whistler Sliding Centre -- which hosted the world's top skeleton athletes for the 2010 Winter Games -- to sign up people who wanted a skeleton slide, as well as raise money for food banks.

Close to 300 people signed up for the ride, with all proceeds going to food banks in the Sea-to-Sky region.

"It's a time of giving, I think, and more people think more about each other and their families, and we're hoping we can spread that across a whole year," Lois Wynne of the Sea to Sky Community Services Society told The Weather Network's Ian Jacobs.

Although the "Skeleton Slide for Hunger" was just for Monday, public sliding programs began this month, and last into March 2013.

With the right start, people can hit a top speed of 90 to 100 km/h, with the ice just inches from chin-level all the way down.

"It's absolutely unlike anything else you've ever experienced," Melissa Janke, the marketing sports director of Whistler Sports Legacies, says. 

"I've bungee jumped, I've been on a roller coaster, I'm a speed demon on the hill, but the experience of going head-first down the track, on the fastest track in the world, is almost indescribable."

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