re-sized Whistler mountain biking

The other story about Whistler

We have devoted some column inches over the last couple of weeks extolling the virtues of Whistler, Vancouver which is to host a feast of extreme sports in the Winter Olympics and which start a week today with what, we are sure, will be a spectacular opening ceremony.

But Whistler is not only famous for its winter sports activities. It is a different mode of transport about which we write today. If you are seeking your thrills – and no doubt a few spills – you will have to change your mode of transport from the ski/snowboard to the mountain bike. In the summer the Whistler area becomes a haven for bikers of all levels – be you beginner or expert you will have a great time in the warm months of summer.

So just in case you mountain bikers are feeling left out we thought we would give you a little information on Whistler – or ‘a mountain bikers heaven’ as some would rather have you call it.

The Whistler website reckons a lot of work is being done to the intermediate trails in Garbanzo, to a new Whiskey Jack single track trail and increased maintenance of existing trails. Sure sounds mouth watering and if you include the A line opening you can look forward to an exiting year mountain biking at Whistler.

JC mountain biking during a sunset in Whistler Photo by Rene Gouin

Photo courtesy of Whistler Outfitters

Whistler Mountain Bike Park lift tickets provide access to over 4,900 vertical feet of lift-serviced gravity fed, adrenaline fueled descending trails. 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 groupie there are steep rock faces, gnarly, root strewn lines, drop offs of all descriptions and more.

Day ticket prices vary depending on the time of year you vist. It is best you check the website but they vary from $52 to $45 for an adult and $46 to $40 for a youth. These prices are based in the Loonie (Canadian dollar for those not acquainted with the vernacular) but there isn’t much difference these days.

If you need to rent a bike there should be no problem – rental shops offer downhill and valley bikes at $100 for the day and should you require armour that is also available!

In this great video below from SnowboardPowder you can experience through the eyes of a helmet cam some of what Whistler has to offer: here we see both the upper and lower A line followed by Double Vision and then Spinal Tap – wicked!

If that hasn’t whet your appetite nothing will.  Below are the 2010 opening times: –

The Bike Park opening day is set for May 15, 2010.

Operating datesOpening DayClosing Day
Whistler Mountain Bike ParkSaturday, May 15, 2010Monday, October 11, 2010
Hours of OperationOpenClose
May 15 – June 12, 201010am5pm
Special Extended Play Session
Saturdays until June 12, 2010
June 13 – September 6, 201010am8pm
September 7 – October 11, 201010am5pm

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