Whistler Bike Park's 1 Millionth Rider

Aug 15, 2011
by WhistlerMountain BikePark  
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First Lift-Accessed Mountain Bike Park in the World to Reach This Feat

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park hosted the millionth unique rider today. The first lift-accessed mountain Bike Park in the world to reach this feat, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is in its twelfth season of operation and is considered the No. 1 lift access mountain bike park in the world. To mark this auspicious occasion, a celebration was held at the base of the Fitzsimons Express chair lift, with a countdown to the lucky millionth visitor hosted by biking legend Brett Tippie.

The lucky millionth guest, Ryan Domm from Edmonton, Alberta, was greeted by confetti guns, and walked away with a prize pack including: a complimentary seasons pass for the remainder of the 2011 season, a seasons pass for the 2012 season, a custom Dakine Whistler Mountain Bike Park 1,000,000 Rider bike jersey, lift line priority for the remainder of the day, a fully guided bike tour from the Whistler Peak Chair, and an après bike celebration at the Garibaldi Lift Company. Riders 999,996 through to 1,000,001, also received prizing.

“Whistler Blackcomb is incredibly proud to reach this milestone,” said Rob McSkimming, Whistler Blackcomb’s vice president of business development. “We would like to thank every rider who helped us make it to one million and we look forward to hosting our next million riders.”

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is considered the No. 1 lift accessed downhill bike park in the world, offering 4,900 vertical feet of lift-serviced descending trails for thrill seekers of all levels. The world-class Bike Park trail crew is constantly breaking new ground with its design innovation, including the Joyride Productions-designed Boneyard Slopestyle Course. Trails are labeled by level of difficulty from green runs for beginners to blue and black diamond trails for intermediate and advanced riders. Trails range from gentle banked cruisers through the Coastal forest to tight and twisty single track - perfect for intermediate and all-mountain riders. For more advanced gravity junkies, there are steep rock faces, gnarly root-strewn lines, drop-offs of all shapes and sizes and more. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is open May to October.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,090 centimetres (430 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. For more information, visit whistlerblackcomb.com.

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  • 35 0
 I think Brett Tippie and Ty Pennington should have a megaphone battle....
  • 7 0
 haha, then a race...
  • 20 1
  • 9 0
 Brett is the canadianest person I have ever seen.
  • 1 0
 I'm gonna be the 2mill rider! Hopefully.
  • 22 1
 He didn't seem so excited, more confused if anything.
  • 32 0
 He's probably used to 1 millionth user internet banners and thought it was a scam.
  • 2 0
 @Wa-Aw-hahaha...that would've been funny.
  • 13 5
 Only one million now?

I thought there would have been more than that by now! Well thinking about it mtb isn't the biggest sport!

Anyway congrats!
  • 25 0
 'Only a million?' take a second to consider how big a number that is. If you count to it without ever stopping it would take over 11 days. Or, in perhaps more relevant terms, if there were 1 million people in the line to buy tickets it would be over 180 miles long (almost to Seattle).

1 million is big
  • 3 0
 I can understand that 1 million is big but based on Whistler's reputation I tought that it'ld be already done
  • 4 0
 thats over 83,000 riders a year. thats a LOT
  • 2 0
 Is it 1,000,000 individual RIDERs, or 1,000,000 lift passes bought?
  • 1 0
 1000000 lift passes i'm pretty sure
  • 2 0
 A visit counts as your first scan of the day no matter if you have a Season Pass, Triple Play Card or day ticket. Once your pass is first scanned for the day, it counts as a visit. Every other scan that day is to ensure your ticket is valid. Hope that makes sense...
  • 4 1
 You guys fail at reading...

"The Whistler Mountain Bike Park hosted the millionth UNIQUE rider today."
  • 5 1
 you fail at reading

"The lucky millionth guest"

If you read past the first sentence you might understand that it is the 1 millionth lift ticket.
  • 3 1
 you're quote = my quote.

Why would they say unique when they don't mean unique?
  • 2 0
 Because they mean lift ticket. Not unique. If you buy three tickets you count as three visits, but one unique visitor. They are talking about unique tickets, not individuals.
  • 2 0
 Wa-Aw... how does you are quote = that persons quote.
  • 10 1
 Who better then Tippie to announce the 1 millionth! Congrats Whistler!
  • 3 0
 Yeah! last season I was living & riding two months there, and I had great memories about that. Also I went to Whistler in october '99, and I rented a Rocky Mountain bike to ride aroud Whistler, was the beginning of the bike park. No lift for ride at these time in fall... but the freeriding had a big evolution in Whistler in the last decade, and I glad to be a part of this in to differents periods of my life.

And you know, you must go to the "mecca" at least once in your life.

Congrats from Spain!
  • 5 0
 Give Tippie his own show!
  • 4 0
 i will never accept if my bro lets me go in front of him!
  • 9 0
 You'll be kicking yourself when you get 2,000,001 lol
  • 4 0
 putting on a shirt, step 1...
  • 2 0
 how did they figure out that he was the millionth rider after all these years, how accuret is this
  • 1 0
 the lift ticket scans, # of runs and # of riders too.

I had 567 runs and 67 days in 2009.
  • 2 0
 [didnt see above answer]
  • 10 2
 Almost as Accurate as your spelling there champ
  • 1 0
 that was a good day! i was there when they called out 50 but i guess i missed out on the celebration when i was riding. lucky dudes!
  • 3 0
 great!!!! just great...
  • 2 0
 Age and treachery > youth and exuberance LOL
  • 1 0
 wow i thought they woulve given a bike or something big? whatever what lucky bros Smile
  • 2 0
 2 seasons passes is the equivalent of a dirt jump bike in price
  • 2 0
 Yeah Slovenia, Europe. Lucky ass!
  • 2 0
 Well didn't he look stoked to be the 1,000,000th rider...
  • 1 0
 we all know it's immense, so sad that not evrybody has the money for it. Lukily dreaming doesn't cost a thing Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Where can I get a hat like the one Tippie is wearing? Does anyone know?
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 lol is that a race face shirt?
  • 1 0
 congrats to all!
  • 3 0
 Don't forget the trail builders/groomers, taking care of the mountain after a million shredders is probably a huge feat in itself
  • 1 0
 No bra at 7 seconds?
  • 2 5
 one million riders or one million runs?
  • 2 0
 one millionth rider to get beeped by the beeper thing. there have been way more than a million runs
  • 2 1
 Well, it says rider.....
  • 16 0
 It was our one millionth unique visit. A unique visit counts as your first scan of the day. You could have done 20 laps that day, but your first scan is the one that gets recorded as a "visit".
  • 1 0
 Awww, thats awesome! Congratz! Big Grin

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