Must be the heat

With Calgary into the mid-30s temperatures today the grand daughters (aided and abetted by their mother) decided this was a day for the septuagenarians to try out the Skyline Luge at the city’s Winsport Olympic Park.

Originating in New Zealand in 1985, the summer luge track runs alongside the Olympic track (1988). It twists and turns for 1.8 kilometres down the hill. It drops over 100 metres and is billed as the world longest luge track.

I gotta say it’s a blast. Go as fast or as slow as you like on the single seater wheeled sled. Speed is controlled by the steering arm.  What amazed us  was the very young age of some of the lugers. One little guy had to have a spell just to rest his arms. Others zipped past so fast I wondered how they could make the turns on the gravity track.

Chairlift to the top under sunny blue skies.

Chairlift to the top under sunny blue skies.

Instruction before the run down. How to steer and how to go and stop.

Instruction before the run down. How to steer and how to go and stop.

Whew! Gramma in the chutes at the end of her second ride!

Whee! Gramma in the chutes at the end of her second ride!