One of the newest attractions to hit Calgary this Summer is the Skyline Luge Calgary. Some of you might be wondering what a Skyline Luge is and some of you may have heard of it before. The word Luge takes it’s name from the French word for sled and is by far one of the fastest Olympic Sports out there. Or another way to look at it is to think Jamaican Bobsledding Team.
The summer Skyline Luge Track runs alongside the famous Winsport Olympic Luge track. It is 1.8 kilometers (5905 feet) of twists and turns dropping over 100 metres (328 feet) in its course. It’s the world’s longest Luge track yet, and yes folks, it is here in Calgary! Kids under 6 have to ride with a parent. This news did not make my then 5 year old son very happy since his older sister and the rest of us got to ride alone. Tough being the youngest some times. Fortunately we tamed his inner dinosaur by advising next year, when the Skyline Luge Calgary reopens for the season, he will be 6 and able to ride on his own. This approach worked although I do predict a few skinned knees and crashes forthcoming.
An afternoon at the Skyline Luge in Calgary is both fun and exciting. Your adventure goes something like this. Arrive. Park. Get your tickets and pick a helmet to fit your noggin (or bring your own). Head over to the ski lift and wait to take the lift up. Yes that twisty track starts at the very top of the ski hill. Get off and if it’s your first time wait in the line up to get safety instructions on use. Once the attendant feels you are competent enough to start and stop as required, you are released. And down the hill you go. Arrive at the bottom and repeat. If you get tired of playing on the Luge, you can hop over and try out the Zipline. Remember to pack a picnic and plan to break in-between runs for a bite to refuel.
Our family had a blast experiencing the Skyline Luge. So much so the kids keep asking when we can go back.
When thinking about what food to pair with this exciting attraction and adventure, I decided to pose the question to friends. Many came back with food apres ski. Or food with a twist. My friend Laurie throws some awesome and creative ideas at me based on my ramblings and I love it! This time I didn’t get too creative, and that was only because time is the enemy, but I did create a glazed lemon & cherry cookie shaped like a mitten to go with our Skyline Luge Adventure. The flecks of red in the cookies represent the Canadian Red Olympic Mittens.
Although you’ll have to wait until next Summer, this is a fun and unusual way to spend an afternoon in Calgary.
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (more if you like a pucker)
- 1 tsp lemon rind, grated
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ⅓ cup red glaced cherries, chopped small
- 2¼ cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- Mix butter and sugar in a bowl until combined. Add egg, milk, lemon juice, lemon rind, and vanilla. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
- Finally drop in your chopped cherries, giving one final mix.
- Roll out cookie dough onto lightly floured board. About ¼ inch thickness. Using any cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake 8 minutes rotating pans half way through. Cool slightly in pan before removing to rack and then drizzle or brush on glaze.