Sharing your passion for mountain biking with your children can be a wonderful experience. If they end up loving the sport just as much as you do, then you’re all set for family adventures that will take place on the trails. Regardless of your child’s love for biking, there can be some differences in skill level, age and general capability that can make riding a challenge for the family as a whole. To help put your mind at ease, we’ve gathered up a few of the most commonly asked questions and answers about biking with your kids in Whistler!
Q: I want to ride Whistler Bike Park but my child isn’t at the same skill level! Help!
A: If you are apprehensive about taking your child into the Bike Park because of their skill level, then we would recommend putting them in a skills camp to help them quickly learn the basics. Once they have those down, there are a number of trails located in the park that can be fun for all skill sets! Be sure to check out some of the blue runs including Blueseum, B-Line and Crank It Up.
Q: Are there trails outside of the Whistler Bike Park that I can take my child on?
A: Whistler has a massive trail system that is located outside of the Bike Park and is graded in the same manner as in the park. This means you will find green, blue, black and double black diamond trails. Use the TrailForks app or visit a bike shop to find a trail that is suited for everyone’s skill level. One thing to take into consideration is that you will be travelling to get to these trails. This can be anything from a short pedal to a long slog up a mountain so be sure to factor this into your decision.
Q: I just want to ride, ride, ride and my child doesn’t! What do I do?
A: Dragging your child up the mountain for more laps isn’t going to be fun for anyone. We have a few suggestions to help you get the riding in that you want but also keep your child happy.
- Hire a sitter from Whistler Babysitting. Your child will get to explore Whistler while you explore the Bike Park.
- Send your child to the Air Dome. Here, they can work on their tricks, play on jumps and hang out with other kids.
- Put them in a day camp that features other activities. Whistler has a number of camps that also act as child care. The camps can include everything from gymnastics to days spent on the lake to learning a new sport!
Q: My child’s bike isn’t suited for the terrain!
A: There are many rental facilities all over Whistler that have bikes small enough for children. This can also be a great opportunity to demo the latest models.
Biking with your kids in Whistler can be a memorable experience where you are sure to see confidence and skill levels increase by the time your trip is complete. Now that some of your questions have been answered, are you ready to book the mountain bike trip of a lifetime?