Whistler Mountain’s Epic Biking Season
Whistler Mountain’s Epic Biking Season
Posted on March 30, 2023
Whistler Bike Park and the local trail networks surrounding it are known across the world as some of the best mountain biking in North America. The 2023 bike season kicks off in mid-May, and the Whistler Bike Park will bring people from all over the world to enjoy the lift-accessible trails.
There is a lot to choose from when it comes to mountain biking in Whistler, so to make it easier for you to plan a Whistler bike trip, we have listed what you need to know to start planning.
Bike Park vs Trail Riding
We are fortunate to have world-class trails inside and outside the bike park here in Whistler. So how do you choose between them?
The most significant difference between the two is that the Whistler Bike Park is lift access. You will have to purchase a lift ticket from Whistler Blackcomb to ride the park. All of the trails outside of the park are accessible by pedalling. This can be up a trail or from a fire road, either way, this is entirely free!
The most recommended bike for the Bike Park is a dual-suspension mountain bike as for trail riding, you will be able to ride most with a hardtail.
Must-Do Trails Outside Of The Park
Lost Lake Trail Network – Fun Fact: All green trail names pay homage to Whistler’s rich logging history. Names such as Molly Hogan which is a technique used to splice together wire cables used by logging crews or try your luck on Donkey Puncher which was a steam-powered machine known to haul logs around camp. Lost lake green trails are easy and fun for the whole family or those new to biking.
Lord of The Squirrels
Prepare yourself for the climb of your life. Make sure to bring lots of food and water. This trail is rated blue but easily feels like a black after you factor in the effort and exertion when descending after the few hours you just spent climbing. There is no other trail like this in Whistler. Lord of the Squirrels is a high alpine trail so make sure you have clothing for the sudden change of temperature and don’t forget your phone or camera to capture this one-of-a-kind scenic journey.
Micro Climate – This is a Whistler Classic! Located on Blackcomb Mountain and accessible by the Blackcomb Fire Road, you will be challenged by a long climb to an amazing and just as long single black descent. If you enjoy rock rolls, steep corners and loamy chutes, this could be your new favourite trail! Please note, that this trail is not suitable for wet weather riding.
Green Monster – Get ready to look fear in the face and take on one of Whistler’s most iconic double black trails. This short but punchy climb is home to one of the longest rock rolls in Whistler, the 25ft long Green Monster. The catch is, that there are three challenging features before and after the giant rock roll, so be sure to have your game face on!
Must-Do Trails In The Whistler Bike Park
Del Boca Vista – A great warm-up ride for all levels taken at any speed, this green trail is a good trail for beginners learning to ride tech. If you are a more advanced rider, we urge you to check it out and ride it with speed as it is noted as a favourite amongst all riders.
Aline – Maybe the most popular flow trail in the world, and for a good reason. If you’re into long, fast, jump trails with big berms, tabletops, and natural rock drops than Aline is probably for you. This trail has everything, including a fast-paced tech section that has been generating stoke in bikers every day since it opened! Please note that this is a very fast Black trail, make sure you are comfortable on Crank It Up before dropping into Aline.
Schleyer into Canadian Open – Two trails that when linked together will have you buzzing for days! Both are double black trails, Schleyer is a tech trail with mandatory drops, a janky rock garden and a fast exit. Canadian Open is a proper World Cup Downhill Track with open-styled tech, steep corners and step-down styled jumps.
One of the most iconic mountain bike festivals in the world, Crankworx is the must-attend event of the year!
The most popular event of the festival is the notorious Joyride contest. This event is where pros battle it out in the boneyard throwing down impressive freestyle tricks over jumps as large as 40ft. Other notable events to check out are the Whip-Off, Cliff Speed & Style, Deep Summer Photo Challenge, and Dirt Diaries.
The festival runs July 21 – 30, 2023 and draws people from all over the world. We recommend you check this amazing event out if you want the full Whistler mountain biking experience.
If you do choose to visit Whistler for a mountain biking trip be sure to contact our expert Reservations Team who has experience helping people create memories that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions on how you can make your Whistler getaway unforgettable you can contact our Reservations Team and they can assist you in finding Whistler accommodation at the best rates and offers we have at [email protected] or 1 800 667 3363.