May 20th marked the start of the 2016 bike season for Whistler Bike Park. Fresh trails, great dirt and an energy that could be felt for miles filled the area. For many it was their second, their fourth or even their 18th opening day. But for some, it was their first time. The chairlifts, experienced riders and even the trails can be intimidating for a first time bike park rider. We’ve put together a guide to Whistler Bike Park to make your experience easy, fun and keep you coming back for more!
Book a lesson
Don’t be fooled, it might look as easy as riding a bike, but going downhill, navigating obstacles and getting air time requires a learned skill set. The basics you can learn in a lesson in the bike park will set you up for years and years of fun. It is also a great way to learn the colour coding system the park uses, how to use the lift and trail navigation in a safe manner. Lessons come in all shapes and sizes from beginner to intermediate to ladies only!
Ask a Lifty
The chair lift is just one of the things that makes the park special. You get an easy ride up and an awesome ride down! However, it can be very intimidating to load your bike on to the lift and this challenge deters a lot of people from trying the bike park. Don’t be afraid, just let your lifty know that it is your first time and they will make sure you learn the proper way to load your bike with minimal error!
Start at the Orientation Centre
At the top of Fitzsimmons chair is the orientation centre. Here, you can practice your skills and learn from an on site guide which trails are best for your level. Did we mention it’s free to use as much as you would like?
Google Your Gear!
Don’t be caught in the park unprepared. Spend some time on google exploring what kind of gear you should be wearing. Helmets, gloves, knee pads and elbow pads are just the basics. You can go even further with full body armour and a neck brace. Determining what gear you need will protect you and ensure you can enjoy yourself. Whistler has a number of places to purchase or rent everything you will require!
Make your Whistler Bike Park experience an enjoyable one by being prepared. This guide will make sure you have all the information you need to be safe and worry free. Now all you need is a pass and a place to stay so you can keep enjoying down hill mountain biking in the park day after day!