For many of us snowsports enthusiasts, the first taste of gliding down a slope came in the form of a sled. The cold brisk air hitting our rosy cheeks as we glided effortlessly to the bottom. For those looking to recapture that childhood moment or maybe even beat Clark Griswold’s record in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, here’s some of the best luge tracks in the US you can try out. This is your chance to learn how to luge and maybe kick-start those Olympic aspirations.
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Located in Muskegon’s state park, its 850’ length is one of the only permanent winter luge tracks out there. Designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley, anyone over the age of 8 can hurl themselves down the track. For $49, you’ll get a 2 ½ hour session that includes instruction, gear and up to six runs if you hustle.
Wasatch Luge Club
Park City, Utah
For those looking for a break in between the awe-inspiring slopes surrounding Park City, you may want to head over to the Utah Olympic Park. As part of the Wasatch Luge Club, you can register for one of their beginner opportunities. For $90, this program covers the cost of the track fee, instruction, equipment and a one-year membership to the Wasatch Luge Club.
Note: These sell out fast, so you might want to plan now for the 2019-20 season.
Upper Peninsula Luge Club
The UP, as it’s known by Michiganders, is a place that embraces winter. It makes sense since the first snows typically come in November and stays through at least the end of March. Such a consistent winter allows them to have the ONLY NATURAL full-length luge in the U.S. (known as Naturbahn). All you have to do is show up dressed appropriately and you’re in. No reservations are required but are recommended.
Adirondack Luge Club
Lake Placid, New York
Located next to the largest vertical drop on the East Coast, Whiteface Mountain itself is an attraction to check out. But for those with Olympic desires or just wanting to experience the fastest sport on ice, you’re in luck. For a modest track fee of $40 for adults, you’ll receive instruction, outfitted with a helmet and given a sled. Then you’ll drop into the famed Lake Placid Olympic luge track and feel the rush of adrenaline as you reach a top speed of 30 mph.
One-Time Luge Challenge Sites
While the above tracks are available to enjoy all season long, there are a few created as part of the USA Luge Challenge to introduce the sport to thousands of fans nationwide. Here’s the first 3 locations that have been chosen.
Wachusett Ski Area
January 5-6 2019
January 19-20 2019
January 26-27 2019
Be sure to check in frequently on the USA Luge Challenge site to see if they’ll be coming to your neck of the woods.