THE WOLF’S LAST WORD
Whistler Bike Park’s 150 miles of trails are easily the most ridden and lusted after in the world. Sure, the lift lines are long, the cost of lodging is high and the braking bumps are enough to rattle your teeth loose if you’re there on a busy weekend, but for $54 US and $71 CAD you can experience what is one of the best built bike parks on the planet. Nothing is perfect and we’d love to see Whistler make some changes to improve trail design and maintenance to reduce braking bumps and alleviate traffic at the bottom of the mountain, but ultimately, we realize the crowds and traffic are there because Whistler is a magical place. From the moment you get into town, the vibe is almost surreal. Often called Disneyland for mountain bikers, this town lives and breathes mountain bikes like nowhere else, and seemingly everyone gets it here. One of the best tips we can give is to avoid Whistler at peak season. While the hustle and bustle of the village during events like Crankworx is fun, if you’re looking for the best riding, a late season trip in the fall is the way to go. Lines are short and the trail conditions are all time with few braking bumps and tacky, wet dirt. Early season will also reward you with primo trails, although upper trails may still be snowed in.
As a result of Whistler’s exceptional terrain and building, beginner and advanced riders alike will find themselves improving in ways they didn’t think possible. After a week in Whistler, you’ll either go home in a cast, or go home with newfound skills and confidence that you can use to tackle your home trails twice as hard— trust us, we’ve done both!
To learn more about Whistler Bike Park, visit Whistlerblackcomb.com
THE FINAL SCORE
OFF MOUNTAIN: 10
Lift tickets cost $71 CAD or $54 USD at the time this story was written in the summer of 2019.