With the snow melting and trails drying, people had been waiting with anticipation for Whistler Mountain Bike Park's opening, which happened last Friday, May 20th. Not matter if you're a newb, intermediate, or expert downhill rider, WBP has everything you could want and more.
Their website specifies rental rates, but make sure you also check out the lesson prices. Insider tip: if you have to rent gear and buy a ticket, the lesson comes at a nominal cost, so take advantage! Here's the scoop on WBP's lessons, as well as how you can progress.
EWS Giant Rider Josh Carlson waits to buy his pass. He's here before the lifts even start running! Lee Lau photo.
Mike Johnstone, a long-time Whistler Bike Park employee, and his Peak Leadership Trainees hailing from Mexico, Scotland, Germany, Brazil, the U.S., and Canada. These trainees come to WBP to learn how to instruct, and then take their skills back home. Lee Lau photo.
Lifts load at an early 9:30AM to get people to the goods. Lee Lau photo.
Brett Tippie interviews stoked Slovakians. Lee Lau photo.
The advanced A-Line is looking good! Lee Lau photo.
WBP instructor, Seb Bunney, encourages warming up before taking on the park. His warm-up run of choice: Crank It Up. Lee Lau photo.
Bears and bikes... we all get along. Lee Lau photo.
We wanted to ride the new Crank It Up More, but unfortunately it's still too wet. Sharon Bader photo.
A-Line's Squirrel Catcher trail. Sharon Bader photo.
With all the trails open in the Fitzsimmons Zone, the season's off to a great start, and the people are already rolling in.
On another note, Whistler Blackcomb has worked hard to authorize rogue trails made by the public, providing kosher access to even more connections and climbs. In turn, just respect their efforts by sticking to clearly marked lines. It'd suck to lose biking privileges.
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