fourth thing... swing by Seattle and pick me up :ihih:
My rough thought was to head pretty directly to Vancouver, and maybe hit some North Shore for a day, then up to Whistler for a few days, then out to Kamloops for maybe a day then back south through the Canadian Rockies.chris2 said:Definitely drive if it really is only going to be $250 in gas, it will be more though once you have all your gear and bikes loaded up but still way cheaper than flying with bikes. If you want to ride true North Shore trails I would suggest... the North Shore Seymour is your best bet, full shuttle and variety of trails, it's where most intermediate riders go here with advanced trails too. Squamish is also great, shuttles up Garibaldi area (search online for maps & trail info). Just past Whistler is Pemberton, 20 min drive. Awesome riding there too, a must do while you're in Whistler.
Depending on how you drive up here you could cross up to Canada near Rossland, BC and hit Rossland & Nelson, both amazing places to ride. They're about an hour apart, and then about 8 hours from Rossland to Vancouver.
Not sure about where to stay in Whistler but you could probably get a rental condo for fairly cheap in the summer.
ooops, Banff is farther north than I thought...Uncle Six Pack said:...then back south through the Canadian Rockies.
ummm, yeah, roughly 48 hours of driving.... not that we would literally be arriving at Whistler 48 hours after our departure.myarmisonfire said:2900 miles in 48 hours can't be done. That is driving 60 miles an hour for 48 hours and not stopping for ANYTHING! Is time a factor? If it is you should fly. If you have a week to drive across the US I would do it regardless of cost. I suspect that taking anything less that 4 days will be hard on your body that you will arrive in Whistler feeling sore from sitting in a car for so long. If you want to hit some other BC/north shore stuff fly to Seattle and rent a car.
I've been across the country, but my buddy hasn't. Neither one of us is interested in shipping a bike or flying with a bike except as a last resort.nautilus said:I vote you can't do it with $250 in gas one way. But it's a tossup either way, if you've never driven cross country I would highly recommend it.
Hey thanks for the tip on flying Southwest to Seattle to get to Whisler. Heading out with the family (5 of us) this Friday to Keystone using Southwest. Just packed our 3 DH bikes in Thule bike boxes. Will be hitting Keystone, Trestle and Vail. Thought about renting a truck but we're going with a Chevy Suburban and a bike rack. We'll definitely be hitting Whisler next year!!! ThanksIntenseRdr said:I have been flying up to hit Whistler for the last 12 years in row. I have found that it is best to fly Southwest Airlines with my bike (Bike fee $80 ea way and box under 75lbs) to Seattle where we pick up a rental truck or mini van. Last one being a crew cab F150 and driving 3hrs to Whistler. About 1hr or so from Seatac to the truck border crossing and then about 2 hrs up to Whistler on the Sea to Sky highway that is an awesome drive! I always enjoy the awesome views of the Sea to Sky going up to Squamish and Whistler. Anyway, Flying 3hrs to Seattle and driving another 3hrs is def worth it and you are not needing recovery time from a long drive. We stay at the same 2 places or condos each time.
We have never had any problems flying with our bikes. I used a Trico hard case with an Ellsworth Dare and gear packed in it for a few of the years and then my Intense Socom another couple of times. It is a bit of a hassle handling the cases through the airport but its soo worth it once you are out at the chairlift with your rig waiting to go up on the hill!
Go a bit later if you can. That way it will be more likely that the Garbanzo Zone is completely open. September is beautiful.Uncle Six Pack said:How about what time of year is best? I was thinking early July... gonna go check on typical July weather...
September is excellent! All the kids have gone back to school and a lot of the tourists have left. Mid week riding is super laid back. Saturdays can get a bit busy if the weather is nice. The temp is great for riding and the trail crews have a bit more time to patch up the trails.Techfreak said:Go a bit later if you can. That way it will be more likely that the Garbanzo Zone is completely open. September is beautiful.