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Old 04-12-09, 09:02 PM
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MTB Destinations Advice - Crested Butte vs Whistler vs Boise

My wife and I are planning a MTB trip and are looking into some desitinations. Wondering if anyone can comment the places listed on thread title. We would be flying so probably would just try to rent some nice FS bikes at location vs packing them so would need that availability. Also, we've never been to any of these places so any comments on trail quality, type, difficulity, and local attractions or entertainment would be appreciated.

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If you're looking to do lift-assisted downhill then no where in the world beats Whistler. That and the Shore is reasonably close too.
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I assume when you put down boise you're talking about tamarak. There's a great article in this months mountain bike mag about it. As far as other attractions, boise is an awesome city to have a good time in. Lots of good food, bars, pretty much anything you want.
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Thanks for the info! Yeah...i read that article about tamarak. I'm not necessarily looking for lift assisted (if i were going solo, it'd be all downhill!!). I love downhill, but my wife likes the long climbs, and don't mind them either so would probably prefer a little of both. Some nice rides on singletrack, jeep or logging road, with some climbs and descents and a bit of technical variety would be perfect. If there is a lift assisted trails nearby, that would just be a bonus! Maybe something I could do when the wifey's legs are needing a break.

Was reading the Bike Mag article about best trails in NA. Saw a lot on Crested Butte. Been to CO a number of times, but never to CB. Just didn't know much about the town.

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Well, WildH, I am biased because I live in CB and love it here, but it is a really amazing place to ride. The town has a ton of great places to eat and hang out, the people are nice, and the vistas are stunning in all directions. The biking options are deep. There is lift accessed riding on the resort and the cross country/trail riding is unbelievable. You could link trails together for days upon days. Climbing and technical descents start right from town. It is the wildflower capitol of Colorado. The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is here. I love to travel to other spots to ride their dirt, but coming back to Crested Butte is always sweet.
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Just a heads-up to all that Tamarack is dead . . . caput . . . in receivership. Do not expect that there will be any summer operations there.

Whistler has as much good stuff throughout the valley and surrounding hils as there is inside the lift-assisted bike park. There is a reason it IS Mecca. Period.
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Just a heads-up to all that Tamarack is dead . . . caput . . . in receivership. Do not expect that there will be any summer operations there.

Whistler has as much good stuff throughout the valley and surrounding hils as there is inside the lift-assisted bike park. There is a reason it IS Mecca. Period.
Would you have a recommendation for a place to stay and a bike shop or place to rent some quality machines?

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Well, WildH, I am biased because I live in CB and love it here, but it is a really amazing place to ride. The town has a ton of great places to eat and hang out, the people are nice, and the vistas are stunning in all directions. The biking options are deep. There is lift accessed riding on the resort and the cross country/trail riding is unbelievable. You could link trails together for days upon days. Climbing and technical descents start right from town. It is the wildflower capitol of Colorado. The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is here. I love to travel to other spots to ride their dirt, but coming back to Crested Butte is always sweet.
Thanks for the info. Also just talked to a buddy who lives out in GJ. He said very good things about CB.

Any recommendations on a place (condo/hotel/lodge) to stay? Also what bike shop would you recommend for some quality rentals?

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Big Al’s, CB Sports, and The Alpineer offer rentals – as well as several other shops at the base area. As for lodging, there are a ton of sweet spots. I recommend The Elk Mountain Lodge for a great Crested Butte experience. It is an old mining lodge right in town and the owners are mountain bikers. The Old Town Inn is a simple, affordable Inn also located in town.

Crested Butte may not match the glitz and sculpted glory of Whistler, but it is a place anyone who truly loves singletrack should put on their list of places to ride.
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Would you have a recommendation for a place to stay and a bike shop or place to rent some quality machines?

Nice clavicle fx....fairly nondisplaced. Did you have fixed surgicially?
No surgery. This is day 17; I go in this afternoon for my next x-ray to see how much callous has formed around it and *hopefully* get the clear to start agressively PTing it.

For accomodations, it depends on if you want to fully experience the atmosphere and activity of the Whistler main village or not. We like the Marriott Residence Inn up in Blackcomb. It's nice, a bit off the beaten track (above Blackcomb village on the hill), yet still close enough to where it's not any incovenience. Coast down to Whistler village and the free transit system busses have bike racks if you don't want to pedal all the way back up above Blackcomb after a day on the mountain.

A little more economical, with that 'skier-beat-up' hard use patina, is the Whistler Village Inn & Suites (IIRC) down in Whistler Village.

Lots of bike rentals. Probably the handiest and always with a decent fleet, is Garbanzo Bike and Bean right next to the lift ticket office at the lift base.
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Big Al’s, CB Sports, and The Alpineer offer rentals – as well as several other shops at the base area. As for lodging, there are a ton of sweet spots. I recommend The Elk Mountain Lodge for a great Crested Butte experience. It is an old mining lodge right in town and the owners are mountain bikers. The Old Town Inn is a simple, affordable Inn also located in town.

Crested Butte may not match the glitz and sculpted glory of Whistler, but it is a place anyone who truly loves singletrack should put on their list of places to ride.
Talked to a friend in Grand Junction and he said CB was awesome! Thanks for the info....I checked into a few of the bike places. Nice stuff for demo bikes! SC Nomad, Turner 5 spot....I can live with that. Any condo rentals that you would recommend? Just something with 1 Bedroom and a little kitchen or similar? Stayed in a place like that on a road biking trip to vail and it was super convinient. Would be nice to eat Breakfast in the room.

Also, how far are some of the trails from the town? Just wondering if I would need to rent a trunk rack for the rental car....
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There are a ton of rentals in town and on the mountain (three miles uphill from town). Just ask around if you make some calls and the folks will surely point you towards places with kitchenettes. I know the Elk Mountain Lodge has a breakfast every morning. There is also free public transportation and the buses all have racks on them. There are also free buses to Gunnison if you want to ride at Hartman's. You can ride almost everything from town. There are a couple epics like Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman's and Doctor Park that could be ridden to, but generally are more fun to drive to.
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whats the best time to ride in CB?
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I've been to Crested Butte a bunch for July 4th gatherings, and that's just about the time the snow melts off the higher elevation rides, so after that...and before the snows come again. Crested Butte is gorgeous, but so is the Whistler area. Boise isn't even in the running as far as I'm concerned.
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