Words, pictures and video by Lee Lau and Sharon Bader
There’s this little show in town in August called Crankworx that tends to dominate headlines. While the hordes are cavorting in the village, just as many are on the trails in the bike park and the valley. Here’s a few pictures showing some of the new things in the Whistler Bike Park (lower trails and the new alpine showcase, Top of the World).
Bike Park and Top of the World
Due to its location in the alpine, Top of the World is to be built in five sections. Only two sections were open when it was first open limiting singletrack riding to short sections and necessitating lots of fire road exit. We rode it after the third section was built and were invited back to enjoy the newly opened fourth section which added 1.5kms of trail extending all the way to Khyber Corner (for a total of 3.4 km of trail). Props to Gravity Logic for their hard work on that.
Some trails that were open late last fall or new for this year in the Whistler Bike Park. Shady Acres and Del Boca Vista are technical trails winding in off the Dirt Merchant creek gap to the lower mountain. Funshine Rollidrops is an old school tech rock and roots fest that adds some variety from B-Line to the lower mountain. Last but not least Blue Velvet is a beginner/intermediat jump trail in the Garbo Zone.
Valley Trails – Jack the Ripper in Pemberton. Our “cross country” ride
The next day we headed over to Pemberton (20 mins north of Whistler) to ride Jack the Ripper. Due to the 35 degree heat we forgoed the customary 5 hour climb from valley floor and settled for just the one hour climb shuttling part way.
It need not be said that the trails in the Whistler and Pemberton valley are also in fantastic shape. Get out there and ride!