Whistler Bike Park Opening Day …. and some advice from the experts

Travel

Straight from Squampton; the Goldstones showed up for opening day

First scan of the year

No braking bumps!

Off for some Whistler XC to round out the day

650b’ing on Whistler xc trails


Words of advice

Last but not least; lots of people crack themselves up early in the season. Don’t be one of them! We asked instructors, trail crew and patrollers for some words of wisdom. Here’s their advice.


From Seb Bunney who’s instructed at the Bike Park for the last two years – “Keep your pedals level” & “Don’t make A-line your first (and likely your last) run ever”

Shawn Beaudoin is an 11 year veteran of the Bike Park who began patrolling even before B-Line was created; “Take a warm up run” & “Check your bolts and your bikes after a few runs. The Park is hard on bikes”.

Dom Balik has patrolled at the Bike Park for 9 years. His words of advice: “Progression in the park takes time. Take it easy if you’re not feeling it, it is a long season – we want you to stick around – not be stuck to the ground

From Trevor Berg who’s been trail crew for the last three years: “Progression is key – start small and build from there”

 

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About the author: Lee Lau

Lee Lau calls North Vancouver and Whistler BC home. He's had over 15 years experience riding bikes mainly in western North America and in Europe. Unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, he actually enjoys riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.



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  • rhoop says:

    Sooo…. where’s this “advice from the experts”?

  • BNoise says:

    was there on a business trip and found/made time to be there opening day. the day started off great until it started raining and the temperatures started dropping. (too cold for this Georgia resident) It was nice to ride the berms without all the brake divets, They were present on Crank It Up. All in all it was a great time, averaging 12 mins in que. Hope to make it up again really soon (at least 2 more times)

  • james says:

    the trail looks fun if you like to go fast with out anything to go over or around. in other words a easy trail. i think after riding in arizona on south mountain. i dont think i would find that trail very much fun. it just looks to easy

    • LeeL says:

      James – that’s funny! I just got back from riding in South Mountain and Sedona last week. The Bike Park easier trails in the video are, on the whole, less technical. More downhill gradient and way smoother. FYI the more technical trails are at the top which has yet to open; those will make you work a bit harder.

      All in all its nice to have variety

  • goober says:

    James,
    You so funny!!!

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