First Impressions: Bas Van Steenbergen & Jason Lucas Blast Big Berms & Jumps at Big White Bike Park

Jul 22, 2019
by Pinkbike Originals  


Big White is well known as a winter destination but in the past couple of years, they have made a big push to develop a bike park. In the summer of 2017, the bike park opened with just a handful of trails, but since then there have been more added every year.

With Loft Bike Parks taking the reigns on trail building this year, there has been a bunch of new flow and jumps of all sizes sprinkled around the park. Join Bas Van Steenbergen as he shows Pinkbike's Jason Lucas around some of the park's best trails.


Big White mountain biking trails

Presented by Big White.

This video was shot entirely on the GoPro Hero 7 Black.


MENTIONS: @pinkbikeoriginals


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49 Comments

  • 22 1
 "i only ride park"
  • 17 0
 ¨He is the fastest kid in the world¨ -SUPERBAD 2004
  • 12 0
 Ayyy, this guy knows!
  • 12 0
 rock hammer looks properly amazing
  • 4 0
 It's pretty sick. The last huge V feature is gnar.
  • 8 1
 I love this park, except calling it 25 trails is not even close. 25 strava segments maybe. Look at trailforks...tell me where you see 25 trails. It's a small sick riding spot, and it's in a great position to have some huge growth and very much worth checking out. But let's stop kidding ourselves. It's not 25 trails.
  • 6 3
 We name and count our trail system in a similar way to other bike parks - there are trails hubs and splits where the style of the trail or difficulty changes and where trails intersect providing options for riders to choose the next trail. Some of the trail hubs are strategically in place for future trail development and growth.
  • 6 1
 @bikebigwhite: Ok I never comment but this is silly. You guys have maybe 10 trails. The main green and black flow trails which you have subdivided into 3 sections is one trail! Prybar, Nessy, and the Lynx should be one trail. Same goes for Ace of spades, The Joker and Black Momba. If you go to any other resort, yes the have intersections where trails merge and divide into others but most of the trails go top to bottom. If silver star went by your naming scheme they would have triple the trails they do. Take Rockstar and insert a new trail name every time it hits a cross road or merge point... I also have to say you have falsely advertised your trail system. You shouldn't claim to have trails that have either never been opened or are incomplete. Good job so far, keep up the good work but call it what it is.
  • 5 0
 @Brodydaft: i also rarely comment, but I checked out Big White for the first time this week. I have a season pass to Mt Washy on the island, and even though Washy has had bikes for collectively like 10 years (little 3 year hiatus), Big Whites trails are already better in my opinion. Better maintained and better flow. They definitely have the right idea and liked what theyve done already.
  • 3 0
 @adamlaycock: I agree the trails are very good. Loft bike parks has done a good job. I guess I am a bit jaded from the first season which I thought was a total flop... @bikebigwhite has big shoes to fill. Silver star is a great mountain and it hard to justify going anywhere else when they are both so close. All i am saying is if Silver Star split trails like Rockstar, Pipe Dream, (well basically any of the trails that go top to bottom). They would have hundreds of trails... Even in this video you can see the beginning of Ace of Spades is closed. The other two black trails they show on Trailforks have also been closed every time I have been up.
  • 3 0
 @Brodydaft: We definitely haven’t tried to deceive anyone, the trail map is readily available and on Trailforks, so visually you can see exactly what the trail system looks like as well as see the distance of each trail section and how they connect. Trails that are under construction and are set to open during this season have been added and are labeled as ‘under construction’.
  • 2 1
 @bikebigwhite: Ok well even when I purchased a ticket on saturday your staff gave me a printed list of open trails. They told me Dark roast was open. Unfortunately when I got out in the park it was not... They trails are great but why not leave the incomplete trails off trailforks until they are complete and ready to ride?
  • 2 1
 @Brodydaft: Some people like to see what is coming next, since we’re in a build phase we are often asked what the next trail will be, so we’ve include. In terms of existing trails that have had closures - we’ve had an unusually wet summer so far. There have been times that throughout the day based on conditions and/or rider traffic, trails have been closed for maintenance so that the trail crew can work on repairs, drainage and preserving the trail.
  • 3 1
 @bikebigwhite: Ok Big White. Whatever you say. But all the customers who I have talked to, all agreed on two things... The trails under construction should either be left off your map, or labelled very clearly as under construction/future trail. They also all agreed that the multiply names for the same trail is kind of cheesy. Your resort and your call. Just a little customer feedback from a life long pass holder to your winter resort... My 2 cents. Take it as constructive criticism.
  • 2 0
 @Brodydaft: I rode Ace of Spades 3x and Dark Roast 2x yesterday. Both are definitely open. The solid week of rain on opening week combined with the hundreds of rad riders for BC Cup created a lot of trail damage all over the park resulting in temp closures while they fixed them up but I am happy to report that today the sun is shining and trails have dried to hero dirt and are in great shape. Props to the trail crew working their asses off to keep us happy out there..
  • 9 0
 Maybe Big White could build a World Cup worthy downhill and host another North American stop on the WC circuit.
  • 8 1
 They don't have 25 fucking trails they named one green trail 10 different names but it's one fucking trail
  • 5 0
 Imagine being that kid on the side of the trail trying to figure out the jump and Bas comes flying by throwing a massive whip.
  • 2 0
 Pretty sure that was Noah Brousseau.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: It definitely was.
  • 6 0
 love this format, keep it coming.
  • 1 0
 Trail design looks f*cking amazing, both the flow and tech,definitely want to check it out next time I am in the region... clearly a lot of development happening each year and great to see the investment @bikebigwhite
  • 3 0
 What is the camping scene like?
  • 3 0
 It's super melllow. Our camping is at the Black Forest parking lot. There is not a lot of people now that the freeride fest and BC cup are finished. Come ride
  • 2 0
 Basically, a nicely gravelled, unserviced, open camping area tucked in the woods in Black Forest just below the lift. Has washrooms and a shower house. Or you can splurge and get a room for $68 for the night right in the centre of the village.
  • 1 0
 @gnarlygnarwall: Stoked to be heading there this weekend! How are the bugs right now?
  • 2 0
 @tiredsoul: if you're standing around they're not great. But once you're riding it's all good. I would still bring the spray
  • 1 0
 @gnarlygnarwall: awesome... thanks
  • 2 2
 I like what they have done so far but it needs more trails and more blue ones. right now there's not enough to spend a day there.
  • 1 0
 Actually if you pre ride, re ride then freeride, there is plenty of riding. And more trail development is happening as we speak. Stay tuned for bigger and better things. There is a 3.5 km blue flow under construction.
  • 2 0
 jesus bas is an incredible rider
  • 1 1
 I'd almost be OK with people stealing BVS's bike, just so hyper has to build more than one, and start getting them out to the public....
  • 2 1
 Bas could use some sunscreen, his arms are really red.
  • 1 0
 Big White rocks....and has A LOT of rocks...go get it!
  • 1 0
 steez... burger Damn dude, so casual!
  • 1 0
 These veneer sheets are drainage hole covers?
  • 1 0
 or just so it doesn't turn into a massive hole right before the take off?
  • 2 0
 The plywood is put down as a temporary fix for soft wet areas so that the trail can still be ridden until it dries out or trail crew can go in for maintenance and/or install drainage.
  • 1 0
 What happened Tom Van Steenbergen?
  • 1 0
 IFHT
  • 1 0
 I love Bas
  • 1 0
 I love bikes
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