Thursday, February 19, 2009

Surviving the fastest luge in North America

Inukshuk at Whistler, British Columbia
©2009 Charlene Brown

I’ve just spent the weekend on the mainland, where they’ve started the one-year countdown to the 2010 Olympics. Two of my grandkids were in luge races at the newly built Whistler Sliding Centre, said to have the fastest luge run in North America, and both won gold medals in their age groups, hitting speeds of over 97 kph. And I survived watching them!
We also rode the new Peak 2 Peak Gondola, a 3-kilometer unsupported lift spanning the valley between two mountains, Blackcomb and Whistler. This week’s painting includes the Black Tusk volcano core and the Tantalus Range as seen from the Whistler peak, as well as one of the giant inukshuks, symbol of the 2010 Olympics.