Whistler Mountain Bike Park
|LEARNING CURVE: Whistler’s Magic Park for beginners (courtesy, Whistler Resort)|
The granddaddy of them all, the Whistler bike park is a veritable amusement park for mountain bikers. Situated atop the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort 70 miles north of Vancouver, the park is rife with inspired features like the Boneyard Slopestyle Park, skills centers (including green, blue, and double black), and the Air Dome, an 8,400-square-foot indoor training facility complete with foam pits, ramps and halfpipes for practicing tricks with minimal consequence.
Whistler serves up big vertical, too, with a 5,000-foot drop; it also boasts more than 120 miles of lift-serviced trails. Some of the notables include the world-famous A-Line trail, an advanced ripper littered with drops, sharp corners, and roots, plus Freight Train, which is a charging, fast expert trail with jumps aplenty.
While this ten-year-old park is a mecca for expert downhill and freeride mountain bikers, it also puts the spotlight on bringing novice riders into the fold. The mountain's Magic Park is packed with introductory trails, and Bike Park 101 is a new program that target=s beginners with a guided tour, equipment review, and safety tips.
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