Luge Sport Programs

The Whistler Sliding Centre is working closely with the BC Luge Association to provide luge programming to local and provincial athletes, from introductory first touch programs to Novice Learn to Luge and Provincial Development Team level.

A clear pathway (see table below) leads children and youth through their progression levels, up to potentially qualifying for Luge Canada's Next Gen squad or the National Teams. At this point, no seasonal adult luge programming is available.

 

LUGE ATHLETE PATHWAY WITHIN THE SLIDING DEVELOPMENT CENTRE:

INTRODUCTORY
(target ages 8-14)

First-touch, one-session programs such as Discover Luge or the Sliding School program. Athletes are familiarized with the sport of Luge with actual on-ice sliding. 

NOVICE Learn to Luge/Youth C, D, E
(target ages 8-12)

Winter season program (November to March), with sliding between one to four evenings/week, depending on skill and commitment level. Opportunities to participate in competitions and to join a training/competition trip to Calgary.

DEVELOPMENT/Youth B 
(target ages 13-14)

Year-round program. On-ice training between one to six times/week from November to March, with opportunities to participate in competitions and to join training/competition trips to other tracks. No training in March/April. From May to October, off-ice training up to four times/week (wheeled luge, strength and flat ice training, coordination development).

DEVELOPMENT/Youth A/Junior/NextGen Selects 
(target ages 13-14)

Year-round program. Training six times/week from October to March, with competitions and training/competition travels. Active rest months in March/April.  Five off-ice training sessions/week from May to October (wheeled luge, strength and flat ice training, coordination development).

Junior & Senior NATIONAL Teams

Athletes must have world-class abilities to be selected to these teams (selection is directed by Luge Canada).

Introductory Luge (target ages 8-14)

Children and youth between 8 and 14 years can participate in exciting and safe luge programs at the Whistler Sliding Centre, no prior experience needed! Qualified coaches guide participants through the techniques and skills to safely slide down the lower parts of the track.

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Novice Learn to Luge (target ages 8-12)

Children and youth that want to pick up luge as a weekly activity can sign up for the Novice Learn to Luge program, which runs from November to March. Participants can train one to four times per week. Consistent coaching support ensures progression and skill development.

 

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Development Program / Youth B (target ages 13-14)

The Development Program / Youth B group for ages 13-14 slides 4-6 times for the full-time program, which also includes summer training. Newcomers to this program/first year athletes can choose from sliding once per week to four times per week (no summer training).

 

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Development Program / Youth A / Junior/NextGen Selects

The Development Program / Youth A/Junior/NextGen Selects group is a year-round training program for high-level provincial development athletes ages 13-14, that are working towards moving up into Luge Canada's Next Gen group.

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