Mountain Biking - XC in Whistler
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05-18-06, 02:23 PM
The wife and I are thinking about taking a trip to Whistler this fall. I was Googling around, and I found this site (http://www.whistlermountainbike.com/pages/index.php), which appears to give a pretty good breakdown of the trails in the area. I'm wondering if those of you who are familiar with the XC riding in the area could point me toward some additional info, particularly more trail descriptions/reviews, cheap[er] places to stay, must-see activities, etc. Thanks!
Hopefully Maelstrom will give his expert guidance on this one. There are TONS of XC trails all over the Whistler area. The guide web page you showed the link to looks like it covers it pretty well. Print out a hard-copy of the Whistler Valley trail map on the site (and find a better copy of it when you get there). PM Maelstrom about lodging tips and such. He's the man when it comes to Whistler.
05-18-06, 04:01 PM
Thats the site I recommend to eveyone to check for good trails. Some classics that are must hits
1 - kill me thrill me
2 - comfortably numb
3 - River runs through it (heck walk it...just good fun)
Those are three classic cross country trails. For easier there is also the chris markell trails in lost lake (not marked) very easy to find, generally smooth with a fun rewarding flowy dh section at the end.
Cheap lodging is pretty easy to. Try mountain side lodge. Cheap and near the mountain and lost lake. Definately a good spot :) For a little more money the Westin is a great site as well, but rates are about double :D...
That map shows 70% of the trails if you have any specific questions I will answer as best I can. I could write a book on whistler so it would be difficult for me to just start posting :) If you can a short 30minute drive to squamish will open you up to much more diverse xc. So really it depends on how long you are here, there is a lot to offer :)
05-19-06, 12:05 AM
Thanks Maelstrom! We'll be driving out there, so I hope we can do a lot of exploring in the area. It will be part of a 10-14 day trip that will take us from Calgary, through BC, then down the coast to Seattle and maybe even to Oregon. Lots of riding, lots of wine. :) We were going to Truckee/Downieville, but that got kyboshed by the wife. Maybe next year...
05-19-06, 12:07 AM
There is a TON of great trails in Whistler, you will not be disappointed. Also great riding north of Whistler in Pemberton and to the south in Squamish, they are both about half hour drive from Whislter.
There is also affordable accomodation available in both.
There is a classic mountian bike race in the fall http://www.cheakamuschallenge.ca/
Here is a link for Whistler http://www.tourismwhistler.com/
Link for Squamish http://www.mysquamish.com/mtb.html
Every Thursday there is a local ride called loonie race for only $2, sometimes up to 200 riders have been know to show up to ride and then eat and drink afterwards, althought you do need a worca membership to attend http://www.worca.com
Hope this helps
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