Video: Whistler Mountain Bike Park Opening Weekend

May 21, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
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For many riders, the opening weekend of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park serves as the unofficial kickoff to summer, no matter what the weather may be. It's a chance to get reacquainted with familiar trails and lift-line friends, and to dial in the downhill bikes that lay dormant over the winter when they were put aside in favor of skis, boards, or shorter travel bikes.

The weather for opening weekend was a mixed bag – dark clouds and rain were engaged in a tough battle against sunshine and blue skies throughout the weekend, although the sunshine prevailed in the end. With a record number of trails open for the first weekend of the bike season, it was easy to find a trail to suit the conditions. Sunshine and semi-dry dirt? Hit up A-Line and Dirt Merchant to start racking up those frequent flyer miles. Foggy and rainy? Brush up on the technical skills and take a lap down Schleyer or Angry Pirate for a dose of wet weather fun.

The lifties were enjoying watching riders try to remember how to load their bikes on the chairlift.
  The lifties were enjoying watching riders try to remember how to load their bikes on the chairlift.

The Whistler Trail Crew s Peter Matthews was out enjoying his hard work.
  Whistler Mountain Bike Park Team and Trail Crew members Peter Matthews and Trevor Berg were out enjoying the fruits of their labor.

Billinghurst Morland - Whistler Bike Park opening weekend
Adam Bowey AKA Spooner Kenny Smith - Whistler Bike Park opening weekend
  Clockwise from top left: Billinghurst, Morland, Smith, Spooner.

Mmm....berms. The trail crew s hard work was evident all over the mountain.
  Mmm....berms. The trail crew's hard work was evident all over the mountain.

We already showed off some of the bikes people were riding at opening weekend but this Balfa deserved mention as well. At 56 pounds with an Avalanche rear shock a Monster T and Arrow tires this thing is a rolling piece of DH history.
  We already showed off some of the bikes people were riding at opening weekend, but this Balfa deserved mention as well. At 56 pounds with an Avalanche rear shock, a Monster T and Arrow tires, this thing is a rolling piece of DH history.

Magnus Manson heads back to the lift for another lap.
  Magnus Manson heads back to the lift for another lap.

A trip to Whistler isn t complete without sending it off the GLC drop a time or two. Just don t bobble or there may be some good-natured heckling from the GLC deck headed your way.
  A trip to Whistler isn't complete without sending it off the GLC drop a time or two. Just don't bobble, or there may be some good-natured heckling from the GLC deck headed your way.

Whistler Bike Park opening weekend
  Conditions were a bit muddy on Saturday, but it was still a slippery good time. The bike wash station was packed at the end of the day, full of riders hosing off their bikes and themselves, sometimes with a little help from a friend.

Photo Alan Golds
  With the return of the sun on Sunday, the lift lines grew, but it was certainly worth the wait.

Lineups Pinkbike support tent - Whistler Bike Park opening weekend
Jay Louden Pinkbike neutral tech support
Jay Louden, of Loudenterprise, was manning the booth for Pinkbike, offering up free mechanical support for riders in need.

Suns out guns out. The Longhorn deck is always packed with riders looking for apres-riding beverages and food.
  Suns out, guns out. The Longhorn deck was packed with riders enjoying post-ride beverages and food in the sunshine

The last berm train of the day winds its way back to the base area.
  The last berm train of the day winds its way back to the base area.

For more snaps of the weekend fun at Whistler connect with us on Instagram. For all your social media fixes follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.

Thanks to BCDC and the GLC, Loudenterprise, Connor Macleod Video, Brett Tippie, The Longhorn Saloon, SRAM, Monster Energy the Adara Hotel, the Crystal Lodge, the Whistler Bike Park Patrol and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

Big thanks to the riders who helped out: Kenny Smith, Stephen Matthews, Peter Matthews, Trevor Berg, Chris Young, Dylan Forbes, Trevwah Burke, Adam Bowey, Alan Golds



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149 Comments

  • 92 3
 Screw Utah. Moving to bc
  • 11 128
flag C-Flash29er (May 20, 2013 at 13:52) (Below Threshold)
 You on Pinkbike in seminary Jesus boy? you bad...you real bad
  • 7 0
 wow
  • 26 1
 Wait...what?
  • 94 0
 maybe its 29er language...
  • 8 4
 why watch tippie talk when watching him ride is even better?
  • 3 5
 Hahahaha
  • 2 22
flag C-Flash29er (May 20, 2013 at 20:18) (Below Threshold)
 Wow, that is what I call denial hahahaha.
  • 14 23
flag hahayoulose (May 20, 2013 at 20:23) (Below Threshold)
 Mormons........
  • 13 1
 That mechanic was so canadian.
  • 6 22
flag t-dog888 (May 20, 2013 at 22:14) (Below Threshold)
 Dont dis on us Mormons bro!
  • 2 4
 I know eyy...Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Looks like I should be there... Frown
  • 11 15
flag Gawdodirt (May 21, 2013 at 2:50) (Below Threshold)
 Screw mormons! Take your cult and shove it up your arse!
  • 7 2
 wow!!! Sometimes I'm blown away at the ignorance of people. I thought this was about whistler. I guess Gawdodirt has religious hatred on his mind instead of biking
  • 8 1
 You know what keeps going through my mind?... Lets talk about biking.
  • 10 2
 Agreed I have no idea how saying I wanted to move to BC turned into this.
  • 7 3
 so many cute chicks out there. better than h&m's.
  • 2 0
 Ahhh! Just get me there now! I can't wait 44 Days, 4 Hours and 22 Minutes!!!!!!
  • 4 0
 Fugging hell i feel awesome after watching this video!! I am so happy for all the people that are out there en can ride out there this season.
  • 71 0
 Tippie made a "looks like a trek session" joke! Life is complete
  • 3 1
 me + 10 cups of coffee = Brett Tippie
Guy cant stop talking!!! love it!
  • 2 0
 Can you fill me in? I don't get it. What did I miss?
  • 30 0
 Q - Are there no words to describe Brett Tippies happiness or is he just the right amount of happiness?
A - There are no words to describe his Happiness. Dude is infectious.

Awesome video. I'm so jealous right now.
  • 18 0
 Did Tippie break that guys peak when he pulled it down ?
  • 12 0
 I doubt that man has had a bad day in his life. Who couldnt get along with him? Awesome dude
  • 9 0
 Wow, Tippie went all out this year for the opening. Great work Tippie and with the BCDC as added bonus background music. You can't go wrong !!
  • 4 2
 Is it just me or does Tippie like a rougher, crazier graham norton?
No? Oh...
Just me then...
  • 25 0
 Red Bull would be wise to make Tippie their spokesperson.
  • 9 0
 Def better than Sal Masekela ehh?
  • 25 1
 That girl at 2:40!
  • 4 0
 Also liking the guy mid interview with her that runs in, waves, then runs back out of shot!
  • 22 0
 Want to go so bad
  • 3 0
 Loving the Balfa mention. Would love to spend even a day riding here, it's magical!
  • 21 6
 hey guys, I am writing my dissertation at the moment about creating value for action sports resorts. Need as much riders as possible to fill this in. Would appreciate it if you could take a min. Cheers!
fluidsurveys.com/surveys/gregor-voss/value-creation-for-action-sports-resorts
  • 7 1
 Can confirm NO VIRUS here, and completed good sir!

Although, the English of the questions could do with being tweaked Wink It doesn't read well...
  • 2 1
 Clicked through to the survey, but didn't complete it. You need to define "value" to make this research valid. Value to you as a person? Value in terms of money? What are you measuring, here? That's unclear...
  • 1 0
 All done bud Smile
  • 1 0
 Finished Smile hope it helps!
  • 1 0
 surely you're comparing that value to the price per night you'd be willing to pay, I mean if I were paying $500 per night and only had my room cleaned once every 2 days, that'd decreased the value I thought I was getting
  • 1 0
 Please eliminate unnecessary factors, which existed at hotels you previously stayed at, and do not influence the hotels value. Toilet
  • 8 0
 I would, but: "The survey you are trying to take is either not live or not available to you." :/
  • 4 0
 Survey not live or not available :s
  • 1 0
 cheers guys. Really helps a lot. Thanks for the feedback as well!
  • 9 0
 Great video, PinkBike and Brett Tippie really captured how happy everyone was to be at Whistler on Opening Day - it was a real thrill to finally experience the best mountain bike park in the world...*totally* lived up to all the hype, it's heaven.
  • 7 0
 It's the Disneyland of mountain biking
  • 2 0
 With out the anti-semetic fore fathers I hope Razz
  • 8 0
 VOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who the hell do I gotta stab to get one of those Tippie for Prime minister???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
  • 3 0
 Go to black tusk Jerry in Squamish bc is the only place I know of!
  • 3 0
 You go there and buy me one and send it here? kthxbye
  • 7 0
 Someday! Knowing it exists helps and hurts. Envy and gratitude. Tippie is pure joy! Tippie singing you happy birthday at Whistler- lucky freakn bastard!
  • 6 0
 By FAR my most memorable birthday ever! Haha
  • 8 0
 It's awesome of pinkbike to be offering out the free mechanical service!
  • 1 0
 Agreed!! J-Lo is the man too!
  • 8 0
 Kenny smith!
  • 3 0
 Was there on Friday. Weather started out sooo good. Then the temps dropped. Too cold for this Georgia resident. Which was cool cuz I rode the Shore for 3 days straight. Glad we have an office in such a sick area. Thank you SW airlines for not raping me to take my bike. I will pay that $75 every time.
  • 5 0
 That yellow and black demo is so fucking sweet
  • 1 0
 Kenny Smith's rig. Unreal.
  • 1 0
 KENNY SMITH! His old demo was awesome, bet it's even better now that it's carbon! That black/orange demo he had was the nicest bike I've ridden, and I doubt anything is going to top it for me anytime soon
  • 5 0
 OMG Tippie knows about Prince George.
  • 4 0
 I would give anything to ride with the girl at 2.40, CALL ME!, ill buy you a beavertail
  • 2 0
 That's so funny she asked can we get one as never had one ! How ironic !!
  • 3 0
 As awesome as this video is, it wouldn't be nearly as awesome if it wasn't for Tippie. He is just stoked to be everywhere he is, just promoting a good time.
  • 4 0
 "This is a body condom for a.... Beware, Shred with care"

Haha, nice!!! Brett Tippie is crazy!!!
  • 4 0
 Tippie is absolutely fucking mental! haha love it.
  • 5 0
 sam hill lol
  • 3 1
 Too bad nobody is talking how many stolen bikes were over the opening weekend. Too bad Whistler resort and RCMP are doing nothing about it.
  • 1 0
 Those berms coming back down to the lift line never look that good when I have there in the summer. Guess I need to be up there for opening week.
  • 2 0
 I wanna see a helmet cam of the new Dirt Merchant! See what the finished product looks like. Smile
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I wish they didn't close it down last year when I was there to start working on it though!
  • 1 0
 Super jealous, Looking fwd to getting over to Whistler as much as i can this summer since my Local mountain decided to not open.......
  • 1 0
 ha ha loved it when they knock off the hat in the beginning, nice to know people are creative as well as can ride like demons...
  • 1 0
 Can't believe i was there skiing in March. Wanted to stay so bad. Can't wait til i'm fixed and on my bike properly again!
  • 2 0
 So many nice bikes...and damn... I want to go to Whistler sooooo bad Frown
  • 2 1
 Friggin groovy ridin', bought a couple of triple plays this year and will be up there soon on my Ellsworth Dare !!!
  • 3 2
 Watch at 4:12 when the interviewer breaks the poor guys helmet visor. Haha.
  • 1 0
 The interviewer.. That would be BRETT TIPPIE then!? How can you not know of this man! But yeah, kinda sucks he bust his peak, though I would say it was already bust if it took that little effort.
  • 1 0
 Sure, could have been broken, but Brett was so amped he didnt notice. And no, didn't know Brett by name; now I do Smile
  • 1 0
 Brilliant.. Was an amazing opening few days. That girls got nice teeth....
  • 3 1
 I'm in love for that dirt bike girl!!!! Come visit Brazil !!! S2
  • 3 1
 The girls up there are beautiful!!!
  • 2 0
 It was such a good weekend, can't wait till garbanzo opens!
  • 2 0
 Tippie creepin a few girls
  • 2 1
 I love his laugh and generous 。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。I LIKE!!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Damn they´re fast, damn she´s hot!!!
You know who....;-)
  • 1 0
 Good choice on the balfa bb7, it's nice to know its not just me with good taste
  • 3 1
 the first girl he interviews wow! who is im in love
  • 1 0
 She's laughing !
  • 3 0
 TIPPIE!!!
  • 1 0
 At 11:30min... that jump onto that platform and then the slight drop, where is that?!
  • 2 0
 suhhhweeeeet
  • 2 2
 another season opening another yr i can't get there. #%*k!!!!!
  • 1 0
 I wish it was re-opening every weekend...
  • 1 0
 I wish I would be able to make it up there again this year!
  • 2 1
 I had a great time thanks for the free swag Pinkbike!!
  • 1 0
 Still waiting on this video guys ?!?!?!!
  • 1 0
 Whats the trail that they played at 1:07
  • 1 0
 lower whistler DH (the one more in the open with a train of riders)
  • 1 0
 Whistler was great!!!! Super muddy wet and awesome! Big Grin
  • 2 1
 went twice this week end. It was beaut
  • 4 1
 As somebody who lives about 20 hours worth of driving from this place, I dislike you... at least I live on the same continent as this park, though.
  • 11 0
 As somebody who lives about... i don't know, 4500 miles away of this place, I dislike you both... at least I live on the same planet as this park.
  • 2 0
 also about 4500 miles away :'( I might walk west a bit just so I feel a bit nearer!
  • 5 1
 As someone who lives about 225 million km away on Mars I dislike all of you above... at least I live on the same solar system as this park.
  • 6 0
 I quit my job, put my shit in storage, left my dog with my parents and moved to the other side of the world...and rode opening day. Worth the trouble
  • 4 0
 53 weeks ago I moved 4700 miles across the world to live in Whistler. It was definitely the best thing I've ever done and my second opening weekend was just as sweet as the first.
  • 1 0
 thats awesome dudes
  • 1 0
 How do you guys manage to move to Canada? It's not easy to be allowed in from what I understand? I passed the initial questionaire survey thing, but then you have to pay for a visa and you may get rejected. Did you get a job there first somehow?
  • 1 0
 As somebody who lives like.... ah forget... I hate you all!!! Have fun guys!!!
  • 1 0
 International Exerience Canada programme, it's different depending on your country. Probably cost me around $250 all in, a relative bargain!
  • 2 0
 Tippie has sick wheels
  • 2 0
 jealous...
  • 1 0
 Oh my dear god this place looks amazing!
  • 1 0
 For those about to ride. We Salute You!!!!
  • 2 0
 it was so sick
  • 2 0
 that orange wilson!
  • 1 0
 So many of those RaceFace jackets! They are clean... I want one...
  • 1 0
 One day Whistler...... one day......
  • 3 2
 Pretty disappointed that Ian Morrison wasn't featured in this.
  • 1 0
 That one guy had a great photo bomb
  • 1 0
 Cant wait for my gap year next year Smile
  • 1 0
 I so want to be there. The atmosphere seems awesome.
  • 1 0
 kennysmith....I want the same drugs ,that Tippie has....har,har,har
  • 1 0
 Tipee's thirsty for the bitches!
  • 1 0
 im so pump and ready on whistler dam
  • 1 0
 Wuts the trail called at 1:44
  • 1 0
 i didnt want that video to end, too much fun
  • 1 0
 will get there one of these days for sure
  • 1 0
 On what run is that wooden platform on in the first pic?
  • 1 1
 Is it just me or did PB just delete a whole section of comments
  • 3 0
 Just one comment about "where the video was". We had added the video it a few minutes after the article got posted.
  • 3 0
 Its not easy trying to move 1.5 gigs of HD Tippie around!
  • 1 0
 *squeel*!
  • 1 2
 Dude, have some more coffee!
  • 1 1
 Tipee is cooked. haha!
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