Mountain Bike Whistler-Blackcomb

British Columbia

Sep 12, 2013
Outside Magazine
Fall air in Whistler

Fall air in Whistler    Photo: MIKE CRANE

The bike park at Whistler-Blackcomb is the undisputed epicenter of mountain bike freeriding. Four lifts serve 60 dedicated mountain bike trails, including two skills centers, a jump park, drop-off park, and the plywood wonderland of the Boneyard Slopestyle Park. Draw one of 100 tickets each day to the Top of the World trail, and you can slash 5,000 feet of steep, fast trail to the base past the Coast Range’s granite spires, below which trees yellow and huckleberry shrubs redden in all directions.

WHEN TO GO: The Top of the World closes on September 14; the lower bike park closes on October 14.

ROUTE: Experts should plumb the ultra-classic excavated jumps of A-line. Intermediates should cut their teeth (hopefully not literally) on Crank It Up.

DROP IN: The best place to chill on a deck with a beer in your hand while watching armor-clad mutant freeriders land backflips is at the Garibaldi Lift Company, at the base of the bike park in the heart of Whistler Village. If you’re looking for more than just pub food, though, head across the plaza to the Sushi Village for, yep, sushi. They’re specialty, however, is the pitcher of strawberry sake margaritas. Hard to drink just one—pitcher that is.

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