Whistler Mountain Bike Park
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Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Whistler Mountain Bike Park
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Whistler Mountain Bike Park has something for every level of rider. Gentle, banked cruisers through the Coastal forest. Tight and twisty single track - perfect for intermediate riders. For the armour clad, full face wearing, 50lb. bike group there are steep rock faces, gnarly, root strewn lines, drop offs of all descriptions and more.
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oko42
Havant, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Excellent organisation of the lifts, very smooth operation. Brilliant variety of graded trails which you can work your way through. Good for experienced cyclists, but challenging for the absolute beginner. Worth hiring protective gear if you haven't taken yours. Check when the season starts and finishes before you go.

Although it looked busy from the bottom, once on the hill you meet very few people. Worth checking out the various bike hire places for the best deals and booking in advance. Plenty of good bars and restaurants nearby too.
Written January 2, 2020
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Yarbogash
vancouver2,602 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
High prices. Many sections of the beginner trails are in really rough shape; excessive brake bumps, large loose rocks, crumbling surfaces. Too many riders bomb the beginner trails or blindly race into the many merge points. Sections where beyond the trail edge is a steep debris field.
Village is nice but some restaurants near the lift have recently adopted a policy of no kids after 2pm
Long trails with some great flow sections. Staff are generally really good.
They need a dedicated beginners section like Sun Peaks Progression Park.
Written August 4, 2021
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Yoon
Surrey, Canada37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I pre reserved my tickets online and went to the bike park. First thing that happened was that There is no way of knowing where to pick up your ticket, The guy at the ticket counter said go there, but when we got to the place where the guy poinetd, they said go somewhere else, I went to the bike schools and the lady there Finally got me the ticket. other than that it was an nice
Written July 28, 2020
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Rob C
North Bay, Canada37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Super fun experience. I had been 12 years ago, and decided to give it another try. I was impressed by the variety if trails. There are trails for the beginner to the master rider.

So, so, so fun for the active family. We were even able to rent a small full suspension bike for my 8 year old.

Keep in mind…this is a very exciting active but requires a great deal of caution. Respect the bike and the trails and you’ll have a wonderful time!
Written July 15, 2022
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kelbel8913
Lima, Peru5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
I went with my family, we were 8. We are all comfortable riding bikes, and decided to try beginners course mountain biking. I, 26 year old, very athletic, was trying to get used to the sensitive breaks, as we started going down the mountain. there was very little "training," and as we started down the mountain, my nerves kicked in. As I turned right around the mountain, I wanted to slow down and pushed the breaks just a little two hard, causing the bike to stop and my body to keep going. I took the handle bar to my stomach and fell very hard. This company did NOT provide stomach pads for beginners. No joke, I thought I was dying, and it took what seemed like a long time to be rescued from the mountain to the local hospital. I was later transported by ambulance to Vancouver with a ruptured pancreas, operated on, and sent home after two weeks in the hospital. The worst was that as I was sent to the local hospital, the tour guide for my family was ZERO help in guiding them to the hospital. He peaced out, and never asked about me, or try to learn what happened to avoid in the future. In the Whistler hospital, the local doctors said that mountain biker tourists keep them in business! Be cautious!!
Written November 28, 2013
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David B
Athens, GA700 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011
My 17 year old son and I wanted to experience the mountain biking firsthand. The mountain bike park at Whistler is unparalleled. There are over 50 trails for all skill levels and the access is fantastic. You can take the chair lift and/or gondola to get to your start point. My impression is this is nirvana for mountain bikers.

We went with the official Whistler bike center that is at the chairlifts. Being unfamiliar with the park and not having done any mountain biking on a mountain of this magnitude, we elected to hire a guide which was $15 more per person for a ½ day. We were paired with another father and son for our time. This was a smart decision because the guide knows the trails, gives you pointers and makes sure everyone is doing OK. We started on the novice trails and moved to harder trails from there. Our guide recommended some tougher courses for the kids, while we elders stuck to trails not as difficult. The beauty of the system is there are many places where trails cross and it is easy to set meeting areas.

As we talked with our guide, we found out it was not going to be much more to hire him for the entire day (comparative to what we had already spent). So, the 4 of us spent the entire day with our guide. We had two 4 hour sessions with a nice break for lunch. By hiring the guide for the day, we could do whatever we wanted. We wound up going to the top of Whistler and rode around to the Peak 2 Peak gondola. We rode that over and back (no bikes) and then worked our way back down the mountain on the trails.

Now for the kicker, it is not inexpensive. The bikes they rent can stand up to the rigors of the mountain. They have front and frame shocks plus hydraulic brakes. The bikes are new every year. For the 2 of us to buy the daily lift ticket, rent the bike, helmet, pad plus the guide for the entire day was $600.00 not including tip. The cost for the ½ day was $480.00. They did not charge us for bike and equipment rental for the afternoon (I think we got lucky). The lift ticket (included) is $55/person and is good all day for all the chairlifts and gondolas.

We had a fantastic time and our guide, Kris, was great. You definitely can get hurt doing this sport, but it is exhilarating. Once you have ridden the park for a day, I don’t think you need a guide. However, if you are a novice or have never tackled anything like this bike park, hire the guide for the first day.

If I was not hiring a guide, I’d check around the village for deals on renting a bike and equipment. Even then, you are going to spend some money. I know there are deals for longer term rentals. Having your own equipment and bike is optimal for cost control.
Written August 7, 2011
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Graham L
VANCOUVER55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
I have been mountain biking since 1985 when bikes had basket toe clips and no shocks. My son who is 13 has been mountain biking since he was 5. I will include both of our inputs in this review. We have biked all over BC in the states and Eastern Canada, plus we live on a small mountain that we ride 2-4 times a week. We ride Whistler when we can.

If you want the biggest, most challenging, crazyest bike trails and longest vertical in North America, nothing compares to Blackcomb Whistler. If you want to come down a logging road or fire road for our US friends stay away it is not cross country riding. There are lots of free cross country trails in the area but we are not reviewing them here. This is downhill mountain biking every since of the word. Nothing anywhere comes close.

Be aware. Make sure you are in very very good physical shape. These trails beat you up and will spit you out. Make sure you have an excellent full suspension bike. 150mm or 6 inches front and rear travel is the absolute minimum. A full 200mm or 8 inches is preferible. My son believes that a 200mm full suspension bike is the only type to ride. It is way smother and lets you achieve higher speeds with ease. Rent a proper bike if you do not own one. Lots to choose from in the village. In the summer book ahead on line or else you may be sitting, watching as some sizes sell out. These bikes all sell for between $3000.00-$5000.00. So at around $110 a day its a deal.

Wear the protective gear. Full face helmet, shin, elbow, shoulder and chest protector and gloves of course. This is a very high risk sport. Rocks dont give way, protective gear will. If you do not do this type of biking take a lesson. Take lots of breaks to rest, enjoy the sights and hydrate.

Start slow and have a blast. 6 meter, or 20 foot tables are nothing at whistler. If you are a beginner the local guys and girls here will sail by you on the ground or in the air like you are standing still. Saying that there are runs for every level. My son loves to jump so his favourites are ``A`` line, Freight Train, and Dirt Merchant. My favourite is Crank it up and Blue Velvet both trails that my son also enjoys. The trails are so varied in terrain and difficulty you will always find something that you will love. They have built some amazing wooden structures and stunts that are safe and fun.

As for passes the tester pass will let you give it a try for a couple of runs. The triple play gives you 3 days biking any time in the season as well as food and bike rental discounts, plus discounts at other bike parks in BC and discounts for additional days.

The peak to peak is not the top of the mountain. For a break take a ride on the peak to peak it is free with your pass. People pay around $50 to just ride the peak to peak you can do it for free. No bikes are allowed on it so leave them at the rental shop you used, or bring a lock and lock them at the peak to peak station. It is quite spectacular on a clear day. There is still lots of mountain and more amazing views further up. To get there you take the chairs to the peak of either Blackcomb or Whistler mountain. A clear day or low cloud cover make a good view incredible. The view does not obviously change the biking it just inhances it.

My son even loved the cloud cover. He says you feel like you are the only ones on the mountain, partly because the clouds muffle the nearby sounds. You can only see about 100 feet infront of yourself, so it changes the experience. He liked going on top of the clouds when you often break through, about half way up the mountain and seeing the mountain tops from there. He didnt like the cold finger when you hit them again going back on the way down.

If you have never been to the top of a real mountain this is an experience that you will never forget. If you have a teenager who likes to ride a bike. A bike lesson and a day pass will be something that they will never forget. They may not appreciate the view, the bears on the trails, the vast network of trails and difficulty levels but they will never be able to look at a mountain bike or a mountain the same way.


Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
Written October 21, 2012
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davecheesecake
St albans11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Solo
Spent an afternoon teaching myself downhill mountain biking - I do mainly xc in the UK, the Whistler experience is mind blowingly good.

Masses of choice when it comes to different types and styles of downhill runs.

If you are here on holiday and enjoy biking treat yourself to this experience, hire a DH bike and all the body armour and ride the mountain for as long as you can.

It can be very expensive (although arguably worth it) but if you want to try and save a bit of money you can usually take a lift pass from 3pm and get a saving on the full day fare or alternatively buy a taster pass which limits you to three lifts from the bottom of the mountain. However there is a lift halfway up the mountain (garbanzo express) that does not require the pass so as long as you don't come all the way down to the bottom every time you can extend the taster for as long as you want.
Written August 4, 2011
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Teresa H
Texada Island, Canada6,325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
First of all we are bikers, but not like this. We decided to look over the bikers coming down the hill and go from there. WOW were we impressed, however, it was very intimidating and we decided first of all, we didn't have the right bikes- more like Cheap mountain bikes and our outfits were way out of fashion, so, we decided to just watch. Saved a pile of money, but oh so entertaining. Maybe next year we will give it a go. Note that you can bike a lot of trail all around Whister- head out to Lost Lake area for some easier going and when you can master that (aka bunny hill!!!) take on the big boys.
Written October 5, 2017
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Pepe P
27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
The day started out fine as I was riding blue trails on my full suspension mountain bike. When I switched to black Diamond trails before lunch I should have known it was a mistake as I had little to no energy for a trail called "clown shoes" which my friends swore was a single black Diamond trail. It turned out to be a double black Diamond trail where I rode off a wooden bridge, landing 40 feet below onto a flat bottom of a canyon. I broke both ankles and a tibia, fracturing my femur and shingleing a molar. I didn't have insurance so the medical bills cost me $60,000.00;
I will be back next year with medical bills paid and a better rental bike under my feet.
Written September 5, 2016
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