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“oh the thrills and chills”

Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Ranked #2 of 102 things to do in Whistler
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 21, 2012

amazing adrenalin rush...especially during the annual festival...so exciting to watch and see how hard these guys go!

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

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

6  Thank Graham L
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you haven’t tried mountain biking before make this a must on your activity schedule. The gentle ride on the chair lift followed by the exhilaration of descending the mountain on a bike dodging tree roots, rocks, stones, crossing wooden bridges and jumps galore is awesome – better than skiing down honest! I would advice you have a lesson with a guide to get acquainted with the bike and terrain as it’s a lot more difficult dangerous than you may think - you won’t regret investing in a mornings tuition.

Thank 69Global
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

As you go up in gondola you can see mountain bike path going up.We had seen such a bike park for 1st time.It was looking a little dangerous but bikers were enjoying it throughly,do'nt miss it.

Thank BalkrishnaShroff
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

I took the services of a guide to experience downhill mountain biking. The coaching was excellent and the 3 downhill runs I did were a great experience although a bit scary and very exhausting. Would not have missed it though!

Thank Colin M
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