Whether it’s during or after the season of indulgence, exercise is good for both body and soul. Whistler is famous for its skiing and snowboarding, and you can definitely work up a sweat on the slopes. This year there’s a new snow sport to try: baseboarding, which has just made its North American debut at Whistler Olympic Park.
Developed by former world champion and Olympic skeleton racer Kristan Bromley, baseboarding is a cross between skeleton, bodyboarding, and tobogganing. How much of a workout is it, really? There’s only one way to find out.
After taking a chairlift to the top of the Olympic ski jumps high above the Callaghan Valley, you’ll get instruction on how to ride the board. Then, lying flat on your stomach on the board, you’ll speed headfirst one kilometre (0.6 mile) down the slope, controlling your descent with your feet.
Baseboarding is thrilling and easy to learn in a few runs. It’s available to adults and kids aged eight and up. And if you feel that it doesn’t burn enough calories in the end, you can always follow up with cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on Whistler Olympic Park’s 90-kilometre (56 miles) of trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing.
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