Photo: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane
May is the time of year when skis get traded in for two wheels and a crowded bus on the way to the ski hill becomes a distant memory. As the last bit of snow melts away, the trail networks emerge and bikes take over Whistler. Some flock to the surrounding all-mountain trails to experience the spring dirt while others wait patiently for a day long awaited since fall, Whistler Mountain Bike Park opening day. If you’ve been anticipating riding the bike park, here is a guide to getting your fair share of the infamous Whistler hero dirt!
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park contains trails for every level of rider. Green, blue, black and double black are the symbolic colors used to categorize the difficulty of the trails. You won’t have to worry about making a wrong turn into terrain above your skill level, they are all marked accordingly. Once you have ridden a bit, knowing which trail you should ride next for your ability is made clear with the Trail Progression Scale that can be found on signs at many points throughout the park.
The chairlift is one of the many reasons the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is so appealing. Forget pedaling up when you can get to the top assisted. Regardless, for some, loading a bike onto the chairlift can be more intimidating than the actual trails. A sure way to do away with this fear is to ask a lifty! They will give you instructions and techniques for an easy and fail-free load.
Taking a lesson is the best way to get the most from your days. There are lessons and camps for all ages and abilities. What’s more, it will help you navigate all the trails you’ve got your Whistler Mountain Bike Park hit list!
We at the Listel want you to focus on enjoying your time in the Whistler Bike Park. To get in as many laps as possible, you’re going to want to be well-rested and not worrying about your bike. Enjoy complimentary secure bike storage while staying with us. Happy riding!