Whistler Bike Park Opening Day 2011

May 21, 2011 at 4:17
May 21, 2011
by Brett Tippie  
 
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Well, there we go...as of this morning, the Whistler Bike Park is officially open for 2011! This marks the 12th year that Whistler has welcomed and supported gravity assisted mountain biking. It was touch and go for a bit leading up to opening day. Having had the biggest dump of snow since '99, the folks at Whistler Bike Park had to go for it to open on time - there was still lots of the white stuff on the ground.


Not only did they get 'er done, they did so in style! The bike park had 10 runs dug out by 3 machines and 8 guys working like crazy. The dirt was surprisingly wicked, except for a few deadly wet and soft sections here and there. So cool to be on my Flatline ripping lap after lap again.


Traction was great and the soil felt like chocolate!


People at the front of line had waited all night to be on the first chair of the year. Crazy! The line at the beginning of the day only went to the end of the first queue and nearly all day the lines were very short, at times almost non-existent.


How cool is it to rock a run and then roll right back onto the lift?


The first few laps I did were with Keith White, the man behind the soundboard for 3 Minute Gaps and Freeride Entertainment (NWD Films). He's a total ripper and we pinned the first 1/2 dozen laps while we had lots of energy.


After a dozen laps my hands, legs and smile were seriously worked. Time to do a few interviews! GoPro's Kris "Jaymo" Jamieson and I were filming for the next "Just the Tip" webisode - always a labour of love!


Throughout the day, I had the pleasure of riding and shooting with a ton of shredders! The Whistler locals came out for the A-line train.


Notable locals ripping it up included Banshee's Trevwah Burke, fellow speedster Ryan De La Rue, Alex Pro, Omar Abdel-Al, Mason Mashon. C4 Rider Training's Zander Geddes, Lee Jackson, and Jack Iles were also on hand. Everyone was pinning it!


Red Bull's Cody Swansborough was on hand as well as Norco's Sam Dueck and his buddy Taylor Ratzlaff. I even saw one of the 'green guys' from the Vancouver Canucks hockey games rocking a big bike.


It was super cool to have Alex Dove join us to shoot all the stills you see here. I don't know how those camera guys ride with heavy packs loaded with gear. We rode a bunch of A-line, Hornet, B-line, Crank it Up, Heart of Darkness, World Cup Singletrack, Ho Chi Min, Monkey Hands, and the GLC drop. Killer!


It was good to be back! We were on the mountain from 10am - 5pm and it was sweet to shred the park again - it was a long winter. The park is in great shape and they're working hard to make it even better by the minute. Yeah! I feel pretty worked but I'm glad we arrived early and got to rip a full day...y'know what they say, "The early bird gets the BERM"


Stoked to ride all the bike parks in BC? Don't forget to enter the Bike Park BC contest, The Ultimate Summer Of FREE Ride 2011.


All photos courtesy of Alex Dove. Big ups to Rocky Mountain, Marzocchi, Race Face, Roach Clothing, Hayes, Evoc, Camp Of Champions, GIro, 5.10, NiteRider, Smith Optics,Tuf Rack, and Whistler Bike Park. You guys rule!


-Tip
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109 Comments

  • + 76
 Wish I was in Canada.....
  • + 17
 therea a bike park on its way though for wales Smile
  • + 34
 i wish i lived in BC..fuck onterible
  • + 1
 Where? You mean in Blaenau Ffestiniog? Gonna be a couple of tracks. No lifts, or proper big good tracks as far as the eye can see. And the 2 or 3 tracks will be sh*t to say the least. The only good tracks around are the unofficial ones, or the ones on private land. Health regulations stop tracks being fun with making everything rollable or have crap chicken runs around them.
  • + 3
 yep, would be awesome if there was a shortcut from quebec to Bc...like 5 hours of cars instead of 3 days >

hopefully MSA open next weekend
  • + 9
 I love BC, so stoked i live here.
  • + 2
 im going sunday gunna get a seasons pass!
  • + 5
 to the guys in wales, speak for yourself, health and safety hasnt stopped there being world class tracks up here in scotland. Ae forest with the coffin jump and the step down is a great example of how official tracks can have big hits on them, there is still the option of riding round them but not when you have any kind of speed and its way off the line. Thats before mentioning the fort william world cup track.
  • + 3
 living in B.C is amazing!
  • + 1
 @iesubach: it's supposed to be in Gethin Woods near Merthyr
  • + 1
 there is supposedly going to be a chairlift assisted bike park in south wales...
  • + 1
 i am so going to that!!!!
  • + 3
 Its winter in New Zealand :'(
  • + 2
 I wanna go to Whistler again SOOOO badly. It's the best place in the world as far as I am concerned.
  • + 1
 Lift assisted in Gethin Forest Park yup
  • + 1
 "mudsweatandgears" its in blaenau ive been there with the guy that started it ceri cunhington (not sure how its spelt) it will be a ace track by the looks of the plans, true about the no uplift though but the part about gethin track geting a uplift is also true by what i have heard
  • + 1
 Just go to France or something...Im going to Europe-Val di Sole, Champery and Les Gets, i think they'll just about do because they have chairlifts ! wheey
  • + 1
 Didn't know about Merthur........ sound good. And yep I went to France/Switserland last year. Rode at Le Gets and it was pretty sweet. Did quite a few tracks around that area and kept getting lost by following random chairlifts :p was mega good. same time up as down pretty much, which is hard to beat :p the advantage I can see though is that Whistlers only just rideble cos of the snow........ Britains already had like 5 months of riding.
  • + 1
 Thinking of doing camp of champions next summer.
  • + 14
 boobs
  • + 11
 I will get there one day... Ps. That bike rack looks huge! Looks much bigger and stronger than the Thule I have haha.
  • - 22
flag thebigk (May 21, 2011 at 12:55) (Below Threshold)
 He has a Dakine blanket tho on his truck. I kan never get tht. Y hav a truk if you going 2 use a rak 2 b carying aroung ur bike. Waste of god truks out thr. :'(
  • + 37
 I don't like the way you spell things.
  • + 10
 hey thebigk, or is it really thebignitpicker...the rack AND the pickup allows to accommodate even more bikes...by the way, ever thought of learning how to spell and then we can all understand your pointless criticism.
  • + 5
 Sorry 'thebigk' proped you by mistake, was meant to be neg props. My bad.
  • + 2
 hahaha @ steve-815, the kids aren't that clever on this site
  • + 10
 5th pic down, douche in the bottom left in the red/black MEC riding shirt and the moustache is me ! Oh boy, I am famous.
  • + 6
 "douche" pretty much nails it Big Grin ...
  • + 3
 you may be a douche, joking. lol

but everyone on here is jealous of you because you are, or were in whistler.
and we are not.
  • + 2
 ettore, you have an epic tasche.
  • + 10
 What a lovely rack. She has a great smile too.
  • + 6
 Just hope boarder patrol let's me in this year....
  • + 3
 First chair baby! Big Grin Totally worth the wait, was awesome to know you were first person up there... and first man off the mountain.
  • + 1
 huge props to those diggers clearing out the trails.
huge shout out to the Tip! thanks for the article.
hurray for the- i think- end of winter. (anyone in calgary is still hedging their bets)
north shore racks are still the best racks.
riding bikes is better then not riding bikes.
  • + 6
 you lucky bastards..Smile
  • + 4
 I totally stole the quote "The early bird gets the BERM!" from my girlfriends FB status!
  • + 1
 is that an Intense Uzzi tied up on the bike rack?
nice ride, would love to build one up
  • + 0
 Would be nice to live in Whistler, upscale living at it's finest. Keeping some of the worlds scum out with their high priced living really seems to be fairly effective. Not that everyone is perfect, some ppl just seem to land jobs that can support them enough to have housing there. Fortunate!
  • + 5
 wish i was there! Frown
  • + 1
 same here, looks right good!
  • + 3
 bring on 2013!!! can't wait to finish my HSC and have a gap year over in whistler!
  • + 1
 just a little bit jealous..............:-/
but is that an Intense Uzzi I see tucked up behind the Rocky Mountain on the bike carrier in the last pic?
I think it is...........Smile
  • + 1
 It is. That WAS my bike.
  • + 1
 So jealous. Would love to live within a days drive of Whistler. Can't wait to go back. Stoked to keep seeing pics and video from the promised land though.
  • + 1
 Man, I cant wait to come here Frown I'm seriously considering moving here... Eek
  • + 3
 stop considering it and start doing it! as soon as I finish uni, I'm never stepping foot in the UK again!
  • + 2
 Going to get my seasons pass! Whistler bike park here i come!!!!
  • + 2
 i'm going to whistler for my first time this summer. very stoked!
  • + 1
 Yeah! Finally... it's muddy but hey.. it's just the beginning of the season.
  • + 1
 wish that i'd live at least 8hrs away but I have to be stuck with gatineau park here in ottawa
  • + 1
 hey, i used to ride a trail called the 'bio-pace' in the gatineaus and at the end of it, it just fell away into Pinks Lake ! [ trail was named after the egg shaped 'bio-pace' crank on the early rocky Mountain bikes
  • + 1
 I'm waiting on the day that I can get out to Whistler. And this bike park just makes me want to go there even more.
  • + 2
 who's the hottie tippie's interviewing?
  • + 2
 Tippie still livin the dream! right on buddy, i hope to be there soon!
  • + 1
 tufrack.mybigcommerce.com

^ for all you people with questions about the bike rack
  • + 2
 I realy unbelive that may visa was denied!
  • + 1
 lol fail
  • + 1
 yah! , maybe now i need go to Ireland!!!
  • + 1
 One of the green men taking a day off! Lol Ill be up there thursday! Go nucks go!
  • + 1
 i wish northstar would remove the snow like whistler!! still buried under feet of snow!
  • + 2
 That is the best bike rack I've ever seen.! Holy Crap!!!!
  • + 1
 Tuff Rack ftw! Smile
  • + 1
 Got our chalet booked for june 9th-14th , its gonna be nucking futs. So stoked
  • + 1
 According to the TUFRACK site, the retail cost of that rack is about $1300 before taxes and shipping. Get real.
  • + 1
 ....and it still requires tie downs that wrap around you frame to work.
  • + 6
 I saw a pic online of someone who rear-ended a vehicle with a loaded up Tuf Rack. Bikes were fine, car's nose was completely punched in. Tuf.
  • + 1
 what you said :-)
  • + 1
 Hey Coma, check out my version... no tie downs necessary and doesn't take 4 people to install! www.pinkbike.com/photo/5650321
  • + 1
 for anyone interested in those racks: www.tufrack.com
  • + 2
 YA ZAKHAR
  • + 1
 im so far down the list its just dumb to put something
  • + 1
 Cannot wait for my season out there to start!! gunna shred so hard!!!
  • + 1
 we should combine all our different spots into one mega-spot
  • - 3
 lots of good photos. rode there, its good. to much fuckin rain though. i wish the epa, the forest service and the rest of liberal cock suckers in the u.s. would loosen up so we could have somne good shit here to riden. fuck the canadian border people. we go there to spend money, and treat americans like we are some kind of enemy, or second class citizen. they are fuckin rude, judgemental, and make goin to canada and miserable trip. they are fuckin dickheads
  • + 1
 hahahahaha that's what the mexicans are saying about you people
  • + 1
 does anyone know how to setup a DAKINE pickup pad properly!!!.
  • + 1
 good blog......muddy goodness....cya there soon....woot
  • + 1
 sick opening weekend!!! WOOT WOOT!!! see you out there!!
  • + 1
 IS THE FOAM PIT OPEN YET????????????????????????????????
  • + 1
 Yes, opened 14:00 to 20:00 on opening day. Open Fri/Sat/Sun for first two weeks then goes full-time.
  • + 1
 Yeah... great I won't be there on weekdays untill june anyways
  • + 1
 I realy unbelive that may visa was denied!
  • + 5
 Really? how can't-believable....
  • + 1
 Look at all those Canadians. Wanna go to whistler soo bad!!
  • + 1
 what kind of bike rack is that?
  • + 1
 Delete
  • + 1
 so it begins......pleasssse let me into CA this yr
  • + 1
 why wont they ?
  • + 1
 still so much snow around
  • + 1
 SO EXITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Smile
  • + 2
 We so excited!!! Fun, fun, fun, fun....
  • + 1
 Thanks now that song's stuck in my head, AGAIN!
  • + 1
 That guy in the Sombrio jersey.......he's the SHIT!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Haha thanks Bobo!!!!!
  • + 1
 What bike rack is that ????the yellow one Wow i could use that one...
  • + 1
 Gunna be me in under two weeks, roll on the 31st!
  • + 1
 much hatred towards you Smile
  • + 1
 Ahahaha, can't go wrong with 3 months in whistler Wink
  • + 1
 i want that bike carrier . . .haha
  • + 1
 not going this yearFrown back for my 3rd trip next year thoughSmile
  • + 1
 sick
  • + 1
 I'll be there today!
  • + 1
 so muddy! hell yeaaaaa!
  • + 1
 that is not muddy that is a summers day here mate :') you want muddy get ya self over to the uk
  • + 1
 You could be surprise how much muddy it can get on the Wet Coast. And there is no bike park like this one in the UK.
  • + 1
 no way your rain out mans our rain mate, you been to the west coast of British Columbia?
  • + 1
 i wish i could go there

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