Shape the Future of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park

May 4, 2004
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The Whistler Mountain Bike Park opened earlier than ever this weekend, and thanks to the trail crew's hard work, conditions were excellent. As the season progresses, riders can expect even more - in addition to the new vertical in the Garbanzo Zone opening June 26, Bike Park developers are going to build new features in the Boneyard Slopestyle Park. Riders can play a role in the decision-making process by logging on to and sharing their thoughts on the proposed features."When designing and building trails and features for the park, we are inspired by a variety of sources, including our Freeride Team," said Rob McSkimming, Whistler Mountain Bike Park Director. "But we think it's important to let the park's riders play a role in the decision-making process too, and that's why we've launched these features on the site."

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park hired acclaimed trail builder Sean Dickson to create scale models of features he would like to see added to the Boneyard. Each Monday in May, one of his four features will be launched on When riders arrive at the site, they'll be treated to a 3D mock-up of each feature that can be spun 360 degrees. Riders are asked to rate and to provide their feedback on the features.

"We're looking forward to hearing from our riders, and using their input to build a bigger and better park for 2005"

"When I built these models, I never would have assumed that they would be showcased in such an innovative manner," Sean said. "I think it's great that the Bike Park is allowing riders to vote on their favourite features."

Founded in 1997, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has seen unprecedented growth in both rider visits and trail construction. This year alone, the Bike Park will launch an additional 2,200 feet of vertical via the Garbanzo Express Chair. In addition to new trails in the Garbanzo Zone, riders will be able to triple the amount of vertical they can cover in just one run. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is also completely redesigning its highly popular 'Boneyard Slopestyle Park.'

Featuring a variety of stunts including a wall ride and a six- foot high green box accessed via jumps, the Boneyard Slopestyle Park is a favourite for some of the most progressive riders in the mountain bike world. Trailbuilders are already hard at work constructing the new Boneyard.

Visit for more information about the park and its features.


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