May 17, 2013
Today is a big day for bike park whores as the Whistler Bike Park opens. It’s been among the best openings in recent memory as the weather has been kind with plus 20 degree temperatures frequent in the valley in the past month; which has meant a quick snow melt and expedited opening of almost all the lower mountain trails
Trails were frankly in unreal condition. We had the good fortune to see the new berm work in Heart of Darkness which makes a fast trail faster. Crank It Up’s berms feel oddly strange without braking bumps. Jumps were baby butt smooth. Lineups were moderately long but excitement seemed to speed up riders; as the queue’s moved with ruthless efficiency and weren’t more than 20 minutes long. We checked out some lower valley trails later in the afternoon and found Kill Me Thrill Me in great shape.
To get your trail updates and your bike park passes check out the the Whistler Blackcomb bike site. To get your valley trail updates look at Whistler Bike Co.’s blog which updates both Whistler and Pemberton. Don’t forget to renew your memberships in the PVTA (Pemberton) and WORCA (Whistler) to top up on trail karma
Customer Service processed pass lineups with efficiency. An international crew of iders from New South Wales, Tasmania (Australia) and Bath (England) anxiously waits for first chair while some riders who had camped out at 3am got the first ride!
Rob McSkimming works the lineup while enjoying the stoke of riders chilling in the lineup
Lineups weren’t bad as stoked riders moved quicky averaging 20 mins. That’s good for opening day. So many trails were open so everyone spreads out on the mountain