The new Skyline Luge in Calgary is the second location in Canada. The first is Mont Tramblant, Quebec, shown here. But it’s very similar, except for the red maple trees.
Courtesy Skyline Luge
Earlier this summer, the new Skyline Luge track opened at WinSport’s Calgary Olympic Park. Here’s what you need to know about it.
It has its own track
The Skyline Luge track runs alongside the WinSport luge track, which was built for the Olympics and still used by both training athletes and those who want to give luge a try through the winter months. The Skyline Luge has a separate cement track built specifically for the adventure luge ride, so you won’t be recreating any Cool Runnings moments here.
While the Olympic luge and bobsleigh track is fairly narrow with high, rounded sides, the Skyline Luge track is flat and wide enough for two or three carts across with a curb at the edge. More like a winding road than what you might think of as a luge track.
You control the speed
Skyline Luge riders sit in specifically designed carts with easy steering and braking. The carts are gravity powered, but with over 100 metres of descent there’s plenty of gravity to go around. So the ride is exciting – but you decide just how exciting you want it to be.
We’re number one
At 1.8 kilometers of twists and turns, the Calgary Skyline Luge is the longest of the company’s five tracks. Invented in Roturura, New Zealand in 1985, Skyline Luge now has locations in Mont Tremblant, Quebec; Singapore; and both Rotorura and Queensland, New Zealand.
It’s open every day this summer
Through July and August, Skyline Luge is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. September hours are weekdays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather and light dependent.
The more you buy, the more you save
Tickets for a single ride for an adult are $13, but if you buy multiple tickets the rides become much cheaper. For example, a package of five rides is only $35. Kids under six can ride with a parent for an additional $3.
Skyline Luge is at WinSport Canada Olympic Park, 88 Canada Olympic Road S.W., 403-776-0617, Skylineluge.com