Join Date: Apr 2002
Bikes: Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
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You are looking at several differences..
Shore is traditional. You pedal up you come down. Multiple runs don't happen. The terrain is also a temperate rainforest, and the setup is very slow and technical (slow meaning it isn't flowy in the traditional sense) One or 2 runs top is about it for the best of riders. Shore is also way more 'extreme'. Steeper, wetter, rootier and just more exposed (not to mention higher more difficult skinnies)
Whistler is a dh flow show. Technical, but everything is made to flow, everything has lines to play with to go faster. Garbonzo kind of changes as it is a different, higher, longer/steeper terrain. You come to whistler to rip and flow. You go to the shore to see what freeriding is in bc. (you go to Nelson and Kamloops too but those are hidden gems)
Shore isn't my style (especially after todays ride), you need to be on to ride skinnies. There are no mistakes, because if you make them your flow is gone and chances for a smooth ride suck (not to mention injuries go up)...in whistler, if you aren't feeling it, you turn it down a notch, hit a blue, get your flow back and go back up.
one isn't better than the other, just very different experiences