Whistler is just as much for two wheels as it is for a set of skis. This mountain town is virtually surrounded by bike trails and we aren’t even including the Whistler Bike Park. Unfortunately, as soon as you are out of the bike park, you are looking at utilizing your human power to pedal to these trail gems but we are willing to bet that you won’t be disappointed. Known for it’s terrain and the ability to vary your ride from steep and rocky to flowy fun, get ready to hop on your bike and uncover the bike trails in Whistler!
Located just outside the village, this area features ascents and descents that cater to all levels of mountain biking. That being said, if you are new to the sport, Lost Lake is the ideal place to first try with many gentle trails to ease you into it and a beautiful lake to break at. For more intermediate or advanced mountain bikers, test your skills on the Zappa Trails, a collection of trails who gained their name sake from Frank Zappa’s songs.
Must Try Trail: The infamous Pinocchio’s Furniture is part of the Zappa Trails and features ups, downs and woodwork.
With so much emphasis on the mountain biking on Whistler Mountain, the real gems have been kept under wraps on Blackcomb. Don’t expect easy, these trails follow fall lines and move through the typical rocky terrain that can be found all over the area. If you’re up for a challenge, Blackcomb is for you!
Must Try Trail: Micro Climate. Built and designed by locals Paul Stevens and Dave Anderson, this trail was featured in the Enduro World Series as one of the stages and has become a Whistler classic.
Westside refers to the the mountains across from Whistler and Blackcomb called Sproatt and Rainbow. It is said that these trails are best ridden from south to north. You will find a little bit of everything and a lot of trails in this zone so be ready for a full day on the bike.
Must Try Trail: A River Runs Through It is a classic Whistler trail. It has optional ‘double-black’ sections but is still considered relatively flowy.
This area has seen relatively new development when it comes to trail building. As a result, there are some pretty exciting and innovative trails that can be found here. The ascent can be some what gruelling but it is all worth it when you get to go down…right?
Must Try Trail: Love Meatender is full of trail bike sized gap jumps and drops. Not for the faint of heart but loads of fun if you are looking for good dirt and an adrenaline rush.
Now that you know where to ride, be sure to stop by a local bike shop to get specific directions to your trail of choice. Also, as with all adventures in the mountains, make sure you pack a backpack full of all of the essentials. Ready to book your mountain bike trip to Whistler? Visit Whistler Reservations now!