Out of nowhere, a very cool friend offered me a ticket for the men Luge gold medal event which happen on Sunday. This is the discipline where the georgian luger died training for. Here is how it went for those of you who might be going up to whistler.
This is specific of the Whistler Sliding Center, not any other venues.
Bus ticket was $50 after booking fees, taxes and all.
We left Lonsdale before 1000am. Traffic was non existent. Pretty incredible. If onl;y the S2S could be that quiet during the riding season ;-)
Our driver was from Quebec, and I sat right behind him.
This turned out to be good, as he had no clue of where he was suppose to go in Whistler.
So I directed him in French, and we ended up right at the venue location.
I got confirmation that it was not the way it was suppose to go.
The buses coming from Vancouver are supposed to drop passengers in the upper village parking lot and then transfer to a shuttle bus. Which are city buses. YOu better hope you don't get picked up by those useless white California buses. They don't like hills at all LOL.
Anyway, getting in the event was a non issue. Similar than the airport but more relax. The few RCMP present were joking around with us. A really good atmosphere. I have yet to find a bad atmosphere around this city anyway.
Rain came upon us with a vengeance, and since there was another 40 minutes or so before the start of the event, I went to get some food. And that is the only complaint I had that day. Overpriced, No surprise there, but extremely bad, that was a bot of surprise. Eh I am not expecting gourmet food, but this was a bit of a joke really. The bun was at least 3 days old. and there was almost no choice in what you could put on.
I have a picture of the price list coming after.
And since you cannot officially bring your own food, you are trap. Vanoc got to make some money somewhere I guess.
Event started bang on time, as per the TV schedule orders.
And everybody among the 6,000 peoples present got excited right away. What a show. I had of course never seen such a competition. I had a blast of a day.
Blue jacket volunteers are everywhere, and they keep an eye on everybody. Don't you dare throw a leg over a concrete barrier.
Now the event ends. and in about 5 minutes half of the crowd is trying to get out. But even this seemed to go fairly well.
Now you have 2 options. Catch a shuttle back down tp the village, or climb on board the excalibur Gondola.
Honestly, it took us about 2 seconds to realise that a third option was probabaly best. And that is walk down tothe village and be done with it.
It took us maybe 15-20 minutes downhill, So really easy, and I recommend that option.
I knew it was going to be my only day up there during the games so I wanted to take in the atmosphere. Line up at every restaurant and bars, excitement all around, and a band playing on the central plaza. Time to do that, and we headed back to the main car park. We simply said that we wanted to go back to Lonsdale, and we were promptly directed to an almost full bus again driven by a quebecer, and we left 3 minutes after.
By 2040 we were dropped in Lonsdale.
It is a really long day out there. So you better be ready for the weather and all.
In the end my experience was extremely smooth. No complaints whasoever. I have heard some stories on the news, so I was mayve lucky. But honestly I would expect the same for anyone going up.
OK now for a few shots ...
The view from almost the bottom of the spectator stand.
Zoomed view onto the action.
The Canadian suit totally rocks.
Just passed the finish line. You can see the wall which was put together after Friday fatal incident.
Pretty volunteer acting as a zamboni on the track.
This is about turn 5 so the speed is not quite there yet.
No I know where I saw that suit before. Tron the movie. Go Canada Go
About mid way down.