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Old 06-25-07, 01:42 PM   #1
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Whistler Report (sans picts - - sorry!) from DMinor

Wow was it ever hard to come back to earth after a week in Whistler! We had a great time up there; but it was definitely too short. Did not get to do everything we set out to do up there, like riding all the cool trails off the mountain (like River Runs Through It, etc.). And, we didn’t get a chance to ride with Maelstrom; although we at least got to meet him and chat some over coffee one afternoon.

Luke and I got three-day passes, which gave us a chance to space out our time on the mountain and still spend some family time doing other things. We ended up doing Monday, Wed. and Friday. [Note that Garbanzo was not open yet as the snow has been slow to leave; so we had to satisfy ourselves with the lower half of the mountain (the crosses we must bear!)]

Monday was a warm-up day to get the feel of things so we started with the obligatory run down A-Line to get our air game on. Boy did I feel like a putz - - launching cockeyed, casing the tops of the jumps and just generally feeling rusty and tentative. Things were feeling better by the time we’d done Dirt Merchant, Crabapple Hits and back to A-Line. Then it was off to Luke’s favorites - - the techier trails like Schleyer, Detroit Rock City and Lower Whistler Downhill. I remember being freaked out by the big roll-downs, drops and such when I was there 3 years ago; so I surprised myself by actually doing it all and liking it this time. Then it was back to some of the higher-speed stuff like Crabapple Hits (another of Luke’s favorites) to finish the day. It was a blast to sky those bigger jumps and actually reach the trannies for a change. Got in 11 runs on day one. But I wussed out the creek gap on Dirt Merchant every time. That was going to be one of my week’s goals.

Day two we warmed up on Rock City (or was it Clown Shoes? - - I’m forgetting already) then moved over and caught Crabapple Hits and were finishing out the bottom of A-Line when it happened. Luke was out ahead of me (as usual) and I was over-rotating some landings back on the smaller jumps of A-Line. Well, Luke was evidently really overshooting stuff and came off the last lip nose-high and flat-landed way down in the hole below the tranny. I did almost the same thing but fortunately caught the bottom of the tranny so I only slapped down kinda hard. Luke wasn’t as lucky and had piled it pretty hard so we hung it up and got him down the hill for some first aid. Nothing broken, but he was pretty sore and gouged up (sorry, no picts ). A day of layover and healing was in order to get a strong finish on Friday. Runs = only 3.

Friday started wet, rainy, windy and generally miserable. The ride up the chair was cold and wet, we warmed up on B-Line or one of the easier runs and both REALLY weren’t feeling it. We went in to see if we could get our one crappy run negated and a day added back to our passes for some other time. Well, while we were dinking around with that, it cleared off some and we started kicking ourselves for wanting to wuss out (don’t laugh Maelstrom - - I know: “Fair-Weather Rider”). So we went back in, reversed the credit and headed back up for another try. Boy am I glad we did that! We had a BLAST! Despite the wet, we hit the rocks and steeps of Rock City, Schleyer and then tried our hand at Crack Addict. Whoa! There’s a small drop into a steep wood roll-down and as soon as my back tire hit wood below it was gone - - I piled head-first into the trees below but nothing was broken and only had a slightly mashed pinky. Luke came down and did the same thing but managed to miss crashing into me (thankfully). We decided the wood stunts weren’t the place for us that day. The rocks were all fine though; and I think I have two new favorite trails up there: Schleyer and Detroit Rock City. My son has converted me I guess. Next up was Dirt Merchant so I could finally hit the creek gap (but not the huge one off the wood ramp - - just the dirt one). Did that a couple of times that day and felt like I’d conquered another nemesis. Oh, and I was finally pushin’ the boy’s butt some and challenging him especially on the faster runs. Got in 10 good runs and called it a day. Sure sorry we missed connecting for dinner down in the village, Maelstrom; but we still were trying to make up for our late start on the day.

The count:
Son:
1 bruised heel (tripodding a landing on day 1)
1 good case of trail-rash (side, thigh)
1 banged-up hip
Me:
1 mashed little finger (me) - - not broken
1 scratched-up paint job - - the mud’s like sandpaper
1 semi-demolished chain guide - - guess I’ll have this one as ghetto-modified as the last one after all.
TOTAL: 1 happy son + 1 happy dad = 3 days of great riding on the mountain.
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I can't wait to get to go to Whistler this summer with some friends.
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From your description its rock city. CLown shoes is unforgettable, LOTS of stunts, HUGE drop at the end.

Congrats on the trip. I am glady you had fun, definately give me a ring if you head up here again I should have everything worked out by then and have a full pass etc..

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Awesome! Sounds like you had a blast. And I guess I'll have to forgive you for no pictures.
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Sounds like so much fun. That must be great being able to share such a passion with your son.

I really need to get in gear and make my way up there.
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My grandparents have a winter condo up there and I ride the slopes on my snowbaord sometimes in the winter, great place (Big Sky Montana is the best though!). Never been to whistler in the summer though.
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From your description its rock city. CLown shoes is unforgettable, LOTS of stunts, HUGE drop at the end.

Congrats on the trip. I am glad you had fun, definately give me a ring if you head up here again I should have everything worked out by then and have a full pass etc..
Yeah it was Rock City. I remember Clown Shoes now; that has the steep ladder with that big compression whoop-de-doo in the middle. Spooky stuff. I don't remember the drop - - wonder if I did a ride-around or we split off before we got there.

Definitely a goal to get up again this year, especially if I can squeeze it in before the boy's wedding. Have to see....
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My grandparents have a winter condo up there and I ride the slopes on my snowbaord sometimes in the winter, great place (Big Sky Montana is the best though!). Never been to whistler in the summer though.
I'm sorry but big sky can't hold a dime to whistler. It is very aweome though... i want to take my bike up a ski lift. Your adventure sound really fun dminor. Hope you make it back soon!
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Sounds like an awesomes time Dminor, making it a family outing is even cooler!
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I'm sorry but big sky can't hold a dime to whistler.
MTB wise, I have no idea, but during the ski season, Big Sky is WAYYY better.
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MTB wise, I have no idea, but during the ski season, Big Sky is WAYYY better.
I am sure thats debatable too. I don't really care (I work to damn much in the winter to really enjoy it), but I have been hear long enough to know lots of people consider whistler to have the best skiing in the big resort in NA with the best skiing (hmmm champagne powder) being in the interior, but a smaller less touristy resort.

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Yeah it was Rock City. I remember Clown Shoes now; that has the steep ladder with that big compression whoop-de-doo in the middle. Spooky stuff. I don't remember the drop - - wonder if I did a ride-around or we split off before we got there.

Definitely a goal to get up again this year, especially if I can squeeze it in before the boy's wedding. Have to see....
Clown shoes has the best roller coaster around. Lots of fun with some good g's. The steep section was filmed for a movie called "9 to 5" and it was captured well. Roll in and you whip to the right instantly. You might have done the smaller drop out of clownshoes. 5footer or so.
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