Whistler Bike Park

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

The world’s largest bike park, Home of Crankworx…Whistler… and I was given a few days to shred it.

This summer, I hopped a ride to Whistler with my step dad, Russell, step brother, Austin, and friend Collin. On the way up we stopped in Seattle at the Cannondale Bike Park. It’s located under the I-5 Freeway. The best part of the park is all of the ladder bridges. The bike park basically is long and narrow, and at the north end there’s a ladder bridge that drops about 4 feet down onto a rock face before heading straight down and around to do it again. It was a bit scary, but it was my favorite.

By 9:00 am we were back on the road, Whistler bound.

We got to Whistler by late afternoon, and the first thing that we did was hit the air dome with our dirt jumpers. It’s an indoor bike jump park. We stayed there for a couple hours. It was pretty sweet. It has a lot of jumps. It also has a foam pit that’s surrounded by a roll-in, a trampoline, step-ups and  a half dome right next to it. There was one step-up that Austin and I kept casing. We think that we just didn’t weigh enough, so maybe next time!

The next day, we woke up early and headed to the chairlift with our downhill bikes. I was on my transition 250, Austin had his Moorewood, and Collin had his carbon Santa Cruz. Since Austin and Collin had been to Whistler before, I followed their lead. I couldn’t believe how big Whistler was. There were more trails than I could imagine.

My favorite trail was Dirt Merchant. It had a lot of technical parts, but it was also jumpy and flowy. I also liked A-line, it was a huge jump trail that starts right under the chair lift. One of the medics that we rode up with told us that the chair lift freaks a lot of people out when they jump up towards it, so he’s seen a lot of broken limbs on that one. Ouch.

Overall, I had the time of my life at Whistler. We rode hard for three full days and were able to explore the Whistler Village as well. I can’t wait to go back again and attack it with more familiarity and, hopefully, more skill some day!

Jackson Mitchell

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