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

66445163[/MEDIA]]Some opening day video - Quick edit for some of the lower trails (B-Line; Ninja Cougar; Crank it Up; Heart of Darkness)


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

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"