The Whistler Thread

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The Whistler Thread
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Posted: May 11, 2022 at 21:17 Quote
tyflymtb wrote:
Any word on how snow is looking?

Still a lot around so many of the usual trails still covered - looks like they are working hard on the Park though but still pretty covered and more on the forecast :-(

Posted: May 12, 2022 at 9:26 Quote
tyflymtb wrote:
Any word on how snow is looking?

Snowed 10cm at Blackcomb weather station overnight, Catskinner, 1550m. 4.5C in the village this morning... not ideal for mid-May, need a couple weeks of hot sun if there's any hope of Garbo by targeted June date. Unfortunately the 14 day outlook doesn't seem to show a pattern shift yet. Where was this weather Jan-Mar?! Could've been an epic winter instead of a dud (outside of December and April).

Posted: May 12, 2022 at 18:32 Quote
tyflymtb wrote:
Any word on how snow is looking?

Considering we are having a cold wet May and the over night temps are low. I would say a slow process. This May has been very dark and dreary. There’s even mixed snow rain in the forecast for whistler for overnight.

Posted: May 13, 2022 at 3:43 Quote
Sucks for WBP, but on the positive side hopefully it will reduce BC wildfires this summer season.

Posted: May 13, 2022 at 5:32 Quote
MTB-Colada wrote:
Sucks for WBP, but on the positive side hopefully it will reduce BC wildfires this summer season.

The Farmers Almanac is calling for a very warm, dry summer in BC, so they'll probably still be a bunch of fires. The spring forecast looks fine though

Posted: May 13, 2022 at 7:02 Quote
alanabailey wrote:
tyflymtb wrote:
Any word on how snow is looking?

Considering we are having a cold wet May and the over night temps are low. I would say a slow process. This May has been very dark and dreary. There’s even mixed snow rain in the forecast for whistler for overnight.

I'm trading your cool weather and a lot of water for my already too hot (28°) and too dry south of France weather (we need a lot of water, it was way too dry this winter) right now. So a lot a un and high temperature to melt the snow and a lot of water here to help reducing the drought.
What, someone is telling me that it doesn't work that way.... :-(

Hope the conditions will be better mid July when we will be in BC and I hope we will have some rain here too (but I'm not very optimistic for the latter).

Posted: May 13, 2022 at 8:19 Quote
MTB-Colada wrote:
Sucks for WBP, but on the positive side hopefully it will reduce BC wildfires this summer season.

At this rate, is gonna be a terrible year of floods instead of fires

Posted: May 13, 2022 at 9:23 Quote
remoh wrote:
MTB-Colada wrote:
Sucks for WBP, but on the positive side hopefully it will reduce BC wildfires this summer season.

At this rate, is gonna be a terrible year of floods instead of fires

Already started on NWT

Posted: May 14, 2022 at 14:53 Quote
Evening, a few questions from the UK. Hoping to get over next year. I’ve wanted to go since I was 15, but have never got round to it. It’s about time I did!

Has anybody been solo? I’m happy travelling solo and riding on my own during the day but would be cool to meet people in the evenings or go out for a few beers etc. Any friendly ‘hostel’ style accommodation where this is easier? Much chance to have a bit of socialising after a day of riding? Self catered would be ideal too I think. I’m in my early 30s so not quite ready for a cup of cocoa and some tartan slippers.

What’s the best time of year to visit in terms of weather and busy-ness? In the UK some of our best weather is often at the beginning and the end of the summer, August can often be a bit of a washout. I’d like to do TOTW if possible.

I’d be bringing own bike I think (probably the simplest, burliest DH bike I can build) as hire seems to have become pretty costly. I presume it’s worth taking some spare parts or bits and pieces with you?

Is 5 days in the park enough? I was working on the basis of 2 days riding, chill day then another two days in the park.

Thanks in advance.

Posted: May 15, 2022 at 6:43 Quote
Can anyone recommend a transfer company from Vancouver airport to whistler,
Trying to get a rough idea on prices for a trip later this year
Thanks

Posted: May 15, 2022 at 6:47 Quote
OoB4K3RoO wrote:
Can anyone recommend a transfer company from Vancouver airport to whistler,
Trying to get a rough idea on prices for a trip later this year
Thanks
epic rides $35 round trip from downtown. $55 round trip from airport bike bags and luggage is free. and the $55 option they drop you off at your hotel

Posted: May 15, 2022 at 9:03 Quote
OoB4K3RoO wrote:
Can anyone recommend a transfer company from Vancouver airport to whistler,
Trying to get a rough idea on prices for a trip later this year
Thanks

ridebooker.com has worked for us for years.

Posted: May 15, 2022 at 10:41 Quote
Td5819 wrote:
Is 5 days in the park enough? I was working on the basis of 2 days riding, chill day then another two days in the park.

Thanks in advance.

if you never have ridden the bike park, 5 days of riding is the way to go. In 2016 I only rode it for 2.5 days and it was way too little.
Before that I spent one to two weeks in the bike park so I can tell the difference.
You need time to learn the trails and really be able to memorize them to be able to shred them properly.
I will be back this year for 6 days or riding in the park.
The BC terrain is very different from the one we have in Europe, so you need time to adjust to it.

Posted: May 15, 2022 at 13:15 Quote
I would definitely NOT do that route if you are on a DH rig and have friends who aren't big climbers!

I'd tweak it and do:

As you have it fron Top of the World, then the first part of Business then to AM/PM (lots of great work on it this year) > skip Sproatt climb (its tough after TOTW) instead take Valley Trail-Millar Creek > Alta Lake Rd > up Piece of Cake > then as per your route from 3 Birds > AC/DC > Stonebridge> Danimal North. from here you might be ready to finish and you can chill out at Alta Lake / Rainbow Park. If you have more legs, you can continue as per your ride plan.

Have fun!

phlhughes wrote:
hpman83 wrote:
phlhughes wrote:

Feel free to send me a message and I can help out where I can as I live and work in Whistler - or if you are looking for a local riding buddy or someone to point in the the right direction to good trails and food etc always keen to help out fellow riders.

Happy riding! Safe travels! Cheers

Hi,
I will be with some friends this summer around mid july to ride in Whistler. It's not our first time but for one day we have an idea to mix a start at Top of the world with the one lift up ticket then riding down outside the bike park and doing some trail riding around sproatt.
What do you think about this route?
https://www.trailforks.com/ridelog/planner/view/303799/

Any suggestions?
I will be with some friend who are not big climbers so I tried to limit the vertical elevation and also I will be there with a modified DH bike to be able to pedal a little bit (dropper post, 30 chain ring and 11-46 cassette etc...).

Thanks

Hi!

The route looks great - the descent from TOPW through Kashmir, middle of nowhere, kush etc is a great ride some good steep stuff.

Over on the Sporatt/Westside area there is some great trails as wel you will ride past so would for sure be worth another ride over there if you can on day and hit some of those.

The routes for sure got some good steep climbs in it. But a 46T and some good legs will get you up there.

Any detail info you need let me know or any other trails you want to try let me know. Would recommend checking out this trails on Blackcomb for sure - quite a solid climb but worth it.

Posted: May 16, 2022 at 1:57 Quote
TimmoWhistler wrote:
I would definitely NOT do that route if you are on a DH rig and have friends who aren't big climbers!

I'd tweak it and do:

As you have it fron Top of the World, then the first part of Business then to AM/PM (lots of great work on it this year) > skip Sproatt climb (its tough after TOTW) instead take Valley Trail-Millar Creek > Alta Lake Rd > up Piece of Cake > then as per your route from 3 Birds > AC/DC > Stonebridge> Danimal North. from here you might be ready to finish and you can chill out at Alta Lake / Rainbow Park. If you have more legs, you can continue as per your ride plan.

Have fun!

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Hi,
using AC/DC instead of lower Business, is just to avoid the climb in the middle or AC/DC is a better option in term of riding? We prefer to ride the technical slow trails we can't find in Europe to the flowy trails with berms all over the place.

On the other side of the valley if we climb using Piece of cake, I guess we skip High Society? (is this trail really worth it to ride or no)?
I will be on a DH rig but customize to be able to pedal up. I installed a dropper post, a 30 chain ring and a 11-46 cassette. I tested it last week with a 11-36 cassette and I'm pretty happy with the result. It's not as good as a enduro bike for the climb but it's not catastrophic neither.
And for my friend who is not the best climber in the world, the most important thing is to be able to cut it short which is possible all along the route.


 
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