Learn to Luge at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Luge at one of four tracks that exist in the United States. Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind. The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.
It's Safe and Easy to Learn
The Muskegon Luge program is proud of its safety record. Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders. Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet, and a well-maintained luge sled. An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled. Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders- from age 8 to 80- to safely and successfully slide. While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, our track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph. The top speeds on our track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!
Get Some Physical Activity the Winter
The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power...you! Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill. If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.
What to Expect
The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group. The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.