Whistler bike park opened up it trails last week. We thought we’d celebrate the occasion with a special rundown and video of our favourite trails in the park.
You actually can’t not do A-Line. Arguably the most famous trail in the mountain bike world. A rollercoaster of berms and jumps. There’s some serious airtime to be had on A Line. Recently revamped to include a huge booter near the end.
Another berm and jump fest in a similar vein to A Line but some folk would say is even better due to the variation of features and alternative line options. New start has some big step-ups and step-downs but the creek gap finale is all present and correct.
Top of the World
Leave the treeline and jumps behind and head up to the mountain tops for a real alpine singletrack experience. Limited numbers of rider runs (150) available per day so get in line early. It’s worth getting up early for.
You might recognise this track from the famous Whip Off Worlds where Crabapple’s motocross-size tabletops are used by riders to show off their most outrageous whips. It’s wide and groomed but the sheer speed (35+mph) is unreal.
After all that massive air time here’s something much more wheels on the ground. Not that that means it’s easy – far from it! Super steep in places. Plenty of hold-yer-breath plunges down gnarly chutes. Slipper when dusty. Lethal when damp.
A ridiculously long jump trail – it’s over three miles long! And once you’ve done this it’s easy to link straight on to A-Line or Dirt Merchant for even more airtime insanity. Freight Trian gets its name from the step-on step-off shipping containers part way down the track.
Named after one of the Godfather’s of Canadian freeride – Richie Schley. A signature mix of natural gnarl and manmade features. Variety is the key ingredient here. Features one of the most jagged slabs of exposed rock in the whole of Whistler.
A good choice for your first Whistler trail experience. As the name implies it’s sort of a scaled down version of A-Line. More mellow in gradient and amplitude of jumps. Well groomed and approachable. Get your eye in on this before taking things up a level.
Crank It Up
A good target to aim for once you’ve become comfortable on some of Whistler’s other tracks. Crank It Up is like a smaller version of Dirt Merchant and A-Line but increases the thrill factor with drops, step-ups and even wallrides of increasingly size.