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    Whistler

    I'm talking to a buddy of mine about doing a Wistler trip on 4th of July weekend so I'm trying to figure out just how good the riding is up there. Is it worth me packing the bike, flying up to Seattle then loading up and cruising North?

    Since we have plenty of Canadians in here (eh) I just thought I'd ask; thanks.

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    What bike?
    What kind of riding?
    Do you mind renting?
    Do you want to ride xc or dh or anything?
    Do you want to travel when you get here (road trip to other classics like the north shore, kamloops etc...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    What bike?
    What kind of riding?
    Do you mind renting?
    Do you want to ride xc or dh or anything?
    Do you want to travel when you get here (road trip to other classics like the north shore, kamloops etc...)
    My ride's the '04 Stumpy Pro 100 and I may be up for renting depending upon what types of bikes they have up there. If they're quality bikes then, certainly I wouldn't mind saving myself the headache of having to pack and ship my bike.

    As for the type of riding, it would be mostly XC with, perhaps, some moderate DH. I don't mind launching myself down some super-technical descents but I'm not much of a hucker so if there are any major drops involved, I'm pretty much out.

    Finally, I probably won't be doing much traveling once I'm up there. I'm likely only going to have two or three days of riding so I'm going to have to make the best of wherever I am. Hopefully that helps.
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    Well whistler is prime for your type of riding. Even the hucking is pretty moderate. We only have high end dh rentals (I will look into this for you actually, I don't pay much attention to good xc bikes, but I am sure someone must) so I might at this point consider bringing the stumpy. 3 trails you have to hit in the valley (xc/trail)

    Comfortably numb - upwards of 5 hours of single track, several terrain changes and quite a tall climb. Ends with a 30min dh run which is way too much fun.
    Kill Me Thrill Me - classic whistler xc. Long climb, lots of switchbacks to what seems like endless technical/steep descents.
    River Runs Through It - 'shore' trail. Lots of laddars and bridges and any competant xc single track rider can do 60 to 80% of the stunts. No climbing and about and hour, definately good times. This would also get you into some long clmbing up a double track on sprout mountain. Well worth the time....

    Thats two to three days there. If you want to experience what most think of 'whistler' take one day to rent a big bike. Definately get the experience of whistler mountain. You can likely handle any of the blues to blacks and you can even experience some truly north shore descents (proper north shore not the stunts) if you do Garbonzo, long, rooty, wet and fairly technical. Whistler is very progressive, competant riders come here and get better, bad riders come here and get competant. Its a good time and has a lot of different riding experiences. If you are used to race conditions dh at speed, whistler is pretty tame, but for the most part, everyone will find a challenge and there are enough trails to make up a minimum of a days riding. (10 runs would be the equivelent of 44,000 vert ft of descent )

    If you need more details just ask, I can get you most of what you need information wise and maybe even a contact or two for rooms depending on your price range.

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    I'd really appreciate your finding out about the bikes. Depending upon how they charge, I might rent two different bikes (an XC style for a couple of days and a DH/FR style for another) and try out a whole bunch of different trails.

    All of the trails you described there sound amazing so I think I'm going to be a very happy dude when I head up there. I love pushing myself just beyond where my current skill level sits in order to really grow as a rider and, based upon what you've described, I think I'll get to do just that up there.

    As for the rooms, I probably won't need it (the friend who I'm meeting is a director over at Expedia) but I really appreciate the offer.

    Who knows, maybe you can shoot over and join us for a trail or two (and, of course, a beer or two ) while we're up there.
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    I will get more info on the xc bikes. I don't think thats a big rental market as 90% of the visitors come here for the mountain. You will be one of few to experience whistler xc.

    I could do beers, I tend to work weekends so end up limited on when I can go up but we could at least meet up after hours for couple of beers

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