First Look: The Stevie Smith 1199 DH Track

Aug 29, 2018
by Daniel Sapp  
Brian Finestone Photo

bigquotesThe 1199 DH Track is to be a "tip of the hat" to Canadian legend Stevie Smith.Brian Finestone


Whistler's mountain bike park and the trails surrounding it consistently set the bar for mountain biking as the premier riding destination in the world. While there is nearly every type of trail imaginable on the mountain, there has always been, according to bike park manager Brian Finestone, the need for a World Cup DH track. With the addition of more rideable terrain in the Creekside zone, Finestone and his crew are working to plan and build an all-new World Cup length and level DH track to Whistler. The track is not meant to replace the double black Canadian Open DH but instead serve a different purpose as a more technical and longer Proline, worthy of a World Cup DH race.

Whistler's 1199 DH Track is to be a "tip of the hat" to Canadian legend Stevie Smith. 1199 being Stevie's total World Cup points at the end of 2013, the year he became the first Canadian to win the World Cup overall title. Finestone says that he hopes the track will, like Stevie has for so many, be an inspiration for up and coming racers that may one day follow in Smith's footsteps.




The construction of the track is made possible by the expansion of the Creekside zone and will be a completely new trail in its entirety. Everything is still preliminary and pending approval from several parties, however, Finestone and his crew have done their homework and are hopeful that all goes to plan. In addition to the terrain being ideal, the fiberoptic network from when Whistler hosted the Olympics runs adjacent to the trail making it nearly turn-key for media infrastructure.

Starting near the top of the Creekside gondola, with the finish line below in clear view from the roll in, the trail descends 500 meters to just above the Creekside Village. The 2.5 km trail is slated to be in an untouched section of forest and doesn't cross any other trails currently on the mountain. I had the opportunity to walk the proposed line with the bike park trail crew along with Bernard Kerr, Claire Buchar, and Mick Hannah (all who have raced their fair share of World Cups) during Crankworx.




The terrain is what I would consider some of the best on the mountain. Scenery that is out of this world compliments steep, rocky, and gnarly passages down the side of the hill. There are boulder fields, rock gardens, old growth trees, cliffs, and beautiful dirt. The proposed line is properly steep and will have very little pedaling involved.

The walk was as much of Finestone and his crew showing and telling what they had found and flagged as it was a conversation between everyone there. There was conversation back and forth on all aspects of the trail - from how to make certain corners work for World Cup speeds to the best way to navigate the trail through chunks of forest in order to make it a race course that riders are not only challenged by but also excited about. Judging from the reactions, everyone was beyond excited at what has already been laid out from the line, to the terrain it follows, and especially the willingness of all parties to work together on the project.

Kerr said that many times, the racers do complain about the track for whatever reason - whether it's poorly laid out and designed or unsafe - and while promoters and designers are interested in their feedback, many times the changes can't be made within the short time window after a track walk.




bigquotesWe involved athletes on the input of how the track is designed because we want to build it right the first time. We want them to be stoked and want to come here. We want to build it as close to possible as what they're asking for.Brian Finestone


In addition to being a track the racers are stoked on, the trail crew seems equally, if not more enthused about the project. Finestone said, "for the staff, it's one of the projects you dream about as a trail builder - to combine your vision with that of elite pros to make the ultimate race venue."

Pending approval and a few other projects in the bike park being wrapped up, construction on the 1199 Track is to start early as September with it being open next year. Finestone is hopeful that they are able to build the best DH track for the best racers in the world and one day attract a World Cup to Western Canada. After seeing not only the incredible terrain but also the unbridled enthusiasm and commitment he and his team have to the project, I have little doubt that they'll do it - as the adage goes, "if you build it, they will come."




Please note - not only has construction not yet begun on the trail but once it does, it is closed. Please do not attempt to find the exact location of the proposed trail or ride it as doing so could cause major complications in environmental studies and the approval process. It's just not cool.







168 Comments

  • + 296
 Yes... More North American World Cups, please.
  • + 154
 yes. operation Windrock and Whistler world cups tup
  • + 15
 @The-mnt-life365: Simi Valley World Cup.
  • + 73
 Mt St Anne to Windrock to Whistler? It'd be like a nice check mark on N America
  • - 34
flag Jimmy0 (Aug 29, 2018 at 8:23) (Below Threshold)
 @Xc2dh1: Fontana is ready
  • + 41
 @Jimmy0: your kidding right?
  • + 16
 I've always wondered why there isn't more world cups tracks in North America to begin with.
  • - 12
flag PauRexs (Aug 29, 2018 at 9:17) (Below Threshold)
 @littleman22: The richest country doesn´t seem to be into the labor of dropping the resources as much as in europe.
  • + 16
 @PauRexs: Just out for the ole daily "shit stur" eh?
  • + 2
 @Jimmy0: Yeah so is the Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze DH course.... LOLZ
  • + 4
 @PauRexs: not like europe's government puts resources into mountain biking either
  • + 3
 @Xc2dh1: Already a training ground for at least one WC rider. Plus all of the over 30 crowd that kills it
  • + 1
 @jo1212man: na just run em down all the hardest lines, and add up the times...a UCI World Cup DH Enduro if you will
  • + 9
 @littleman22: because nobody applied. It also costs a little fortune to be paid to the UCI to have the right to host a WC. Still cheaper than World Champs though.
It’s not the UCI to contact resorts and see if they would host a race.
  • + 17
 @Chingus-Dude: Em, Europe's government? Huh?
  • + 1
 @The-mnt-life365: lol good point out
  • + 2
 @Xc2dh1: I'd drive the 10 minutes it would take for me to get there.
  • + 0
 @Xc2dh1: frick you pal
  • + 1
 @mxben13: chata.
  • + 1
 @schlockinz: Swoosh! I like it, and get Nike on as a sponsor $
  • + 3
 Not sure if the UCI or anyone realizes some of the highest steepest peaks on earth are in South America.
  • + 6
 @ShempHoward: High peaks are probably a pretty small aspect of all the considerations for a world cup. Willingness to bid/pay, local infrastructure, race location infrastructure, ease of access from major airports, the list goes on an on...
  • - 1
 @mammal: Completely understand,, there must be something going on in Ecuador and Guatemala, both have some of the highest peaks in the world., and actually steep.
  • + 4
 @ShempHoward: Guatemala?
Did you mean Bolivia? Peru? Argentina? Chilies? They do have mountain biking and races, but not much infrastructure.
The highest concentration of the highest Peaks in the world is in the Himalayas, so by Altitude/Steepness logic, Nepal would host all the WC's.
  • - 1
 @dfbland: Ya everyone knows about that area but not too many about south america. Here are just a few massive peaks that look rideable , of course many more higher but good luck riding on a 22,000 ft rock from hell. Volcán Tajumulco Guatemala, Chimborazo Ecuador, Pico Cristóbal Colón Columbia, Pular Chile, Incahuasi Argetina-Chille, Queva Argentina, Tacora Chile just to name a few. There are tons in Peru and Bolivia but carving into those mountains would take an army.
  • + 61
 Vail Resorts taking mtb seriously? Seriously good.
  • + 54
 The only thing Vail did here in Park City was take over the local resort, shut down mountain biking and start developing every inch of the mountain.
  • + 6
 @digitalsoul: yeah this was weird. Canyons was awesome and they tore it down to put in more condos/apartments when the skiing season has been getting shorter
  • + 35
 Vail is doing nothing for MTB
  • + 14
 @jimeg They'll take it seriously as long as there is a positive ROI.
  • + 1
 @digitalsoul: You can't ride at the Park City resort any more?!
  • + 3
 @skelldify: On the Canyons side they shut down the bike park and removed all the features. The trails that existed pre bike park at still there (for now, at least). Park City proper is still up and running. There's been rumors over the years about gravity oriented trails to be built, but I'll believe it when I see it.
  • + 1
 @skelldify: You can, but the bike park on the 'Canyons Village' side of the resort is closed. The gondola is still running on that side providing access to some trails and theres still more riding on the 'Park City village" side of the resort but all the trails are more all-mountain trails and no bike park is available. Its the main reason most people are going to Deer Valley resort for the bike park.
  • + 2
 There have been so few new trails built in the bike park that are not machine built over the last decade, that I was planning on not getting a season pass next year for the first time in 10 years. But this might change my mind. Thanks Vail resorts. It's about time.
  • + 2
 @digitalsoul: Aw you mean the poorly laid out bike park with 200ft. vert trails? What a loss! They'll be developing the PC side as the main bike park area but they're in no rush to get this done... hopefully by next season. The trails that have been there before the bike park and are still there have always been the best trails to ride regardless.

Vail or not, resorts in Utah have never taken bike parks seriously in the past. Its not a Vail thing by any means.
  • + 11
 @dirtnapped: They didn't actually remove anything, all original features (including wooden ramps, flipped over into the woods) are there. Simply sabotaged to prevent riding, and the resulting lawsuits from injuries. They say the park will resume next summer, after the completion of that new lift. I am anti-Vail in general, but it's important to maintain the facts.
  • + 3
 @ski-or-die: I stand corrected, thanks for correcting me! I hope they do resume operations next year!
  • + 5
 @scott-townes: at least they maintained the trails they had. More than I can say for deer valley.
  • - 4
flag scott-townes (Aug 29, 2018 at 12:58) (Below Threshold)
 @weezyb: The sad part is, even when DV wasn't maintaining their trails, it was still better than that 30 second run, 4ft wide, 10ft jump, pave walk BS at the Canyons where you could lap it faster pedaling up than taking the lift.
  • + 1
 @CaptainSnappy: end of story.
  • + 4
 With the Okemo bike park I hope Vail either lets it return to nature or bring in gravity logic. it's just maybe a hundred poorly built berms that don't even flow that well and you can count the number of rocks and roots on one hand.
  • + 0
 @CaptainSnappy: Most mountain resorts are for profit businesses.

What is interesting is that the new Steve Smith trail is going into Creekside, as well as the more recent BP trail development has been in Creekside. I wonder if this is a Vail plan to move the MTB center to Creekside?
  • + 4
 @jimeg: nothing to do with Vail at all.
  • + 8
 @scott-townes: dude i dont know what ur problem is. Just cause u didnt like the park u r celebrating its destruction and the loss of trails? PC has built 0 trails and has no plans for a park. A lot of people loved the canyons park and it was a loss for the area. I guess i just dont get how someone couldnt find rally cat or drop kick fun. Or gopro or the dh trail.
  • + 2
 @ski-or-die: who said it will resume? It looks like all the features have been chainsawed...but im hoping u r right
  • + 1
 @LuvAZ: I talked to a bike patroller up there earlier this summer. I’d ridden up hoping to access the DH trail, and found two patrollers hanging out near the closed entrance. He claimed the few high liability trails were closed, and would resume upon lift completion.

Far from an official press release, but I’ve been hearing similar whispers around PC and Salt Lake. I choose to remain optimistic.
  • - 3
 @LuvAZ: LOL naw man, I just don't care. Yeah two fun flow trails for $350, dang what ever shall we do? There are like zero trails left in the area now!! OMG the end times are near!

Funny how you completely ignored my part of the post that stated they're moving the bike park to PCMR side... go ride DV and quit acting like this is a big deal.
  • + 3
 They’re now grooming Northstar in California as an EWS location and expanding its bike park
  • + 4
 @scott-townes: you seem like you're real fun to hang out with....real positive vibe thing going for you...lolz
  • - 3
 @weezyb: Yeah, I guess defending a crappy bike park to justify manufactured social media outrage against Vail is cool now... I'll never be cool Frown
  • + 57
 I don't think Whistler will have much trouble attracting a World Cup once the track is complete. Looking forward to it - these events are amazing to behold in person.
  • + 160
 "...won´t have a problem..."

UCI: "Hold my beer!"
  • + 13
 I always wondered why it still hasn't already happened. With the immense trail building ressources they have in Whistler, no doubt this track will be top level.
  • + 39
 Attracing WC race is very easy, just wave a bag of money to UCI...
  • + 14
 @t1000: Probably because they have never put in a bid to host a world cup race?
  • + 9
 @winko: It is not just wave a bag of money. In the latest gondola talk with Rob Warner, David Vazquez explained that the spot that want to host a world cup have to make a bid to the UCI. The UCI does not organise the world cups themselfs. That is why we did not see a world cup at Schladming for so long, they simply did not bid for a world cup. At the bid stage there is no money involed at all btw.
full interview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hec1KT9PcoE
truly worth your time if you want to know how the UCI downhill world cups works.
  • + 3
 @t1000: money .... they make to much to close the hill for the week.
Uci won’t let the park stay open while the race is on .
  • + 1
 What's wrong with the Open DH track ? Not hard enough ?
  • + 28
 @mxmtb: that's an interesting point, but not sure if entirely true. I live next to Mont Ste Anne and I do ride during the WC. Only the tracks that cross the race track are closed.

Might explain why they are building a track that doesn't cross any other, they will be able to run the event while keeping the park 100% open.
  • + 12
 @aappii: Truly understanding how a sport works does not happen on Gondola talk. In the 2000s there was no interview on how Lance was doping and intimidating silence, no interview on how the Olympic committee was taking bribes. The only real rule about organised sport is that it is secretly corrupt, and spends its money convincing everyone it is not.
  • + 0
 @Whipperman: yeah i raised an eyebrow, that trail is plenty technical already! stoked to see what they can come up with on Creekside though.
  • + 4
 The 2001 world cup was supposed to be in Whistler but it fell apart and moved to Grose mtn. I dont think the uci has been all that stoked on Whis ever since. But thats a long time ago so yeah, about time for one.
  • + 8
 @t1000: please not another leogang. More VDS please
  • + 8
 @t1000: There is a long history with the WC in Whistler. Back in the late 90s, Whistler was awarded a triple WC for several years. The Resort and Municipality got into an argument, and the event was cancelled very late.

Grouse Mountain in North Van stepped up and hosted for two years. After that, the UCI had a sour taste in their mouth for Whistler for many years.
  • + 2
 @Whipperman: From an operations sand point it probably interferes too much with the running and opening of the rest of the park.
  • + 1
 @aireeek
@BryceBorlick: More info on this history please!!
  • + 4
 @mxmtb: Not true. When the Leogang World Cup is going on, the park functions as normal. The only trails that are closed are the ones associated with the actual race.

The only thing preventing the World Cup from coming to Whistler is Whistler itself. If it wants to put in a bid, it will. Then Whistler will get a World Cup. Until that happens, no world cuppy.
  • + 5
 @aappii: Saw the vid but the thing is the resorts must know how much (even approximately) the UCI want to be paid and they don't want to pay that. They don't need to put in a bid to find out, that's why there's not many bids.
  • + 3
 @donpinpon29: you clearly haven't ridden Creekside. It's waaaaay more VDS than leogang.
  • + 1
 @Whipperman: @Whipperman: Likely too short
  • + 4
 The main village can't handle more traffic! Think about a WC event held in NA. Lots 1-3 would be packed with team trailers plus all the privateer vans and campers. Build Creekside, let them WC over there all the while keeping the main lots available for all the high paying gondola sightseers.
  • + 6
 @gonecoastal: I think WB benefits a lot by a track down Creekside. Canadian Open is a sick track but doesn’t really showcase beautiful old growth, loamy terrain etc. It will be good marketing to have the race coverage, pics, video etc. Plus drawing more people to Creekside as they expand there... I think there’s even enough room to put the pits at the base of the gondola, or on top of CS parkade. Curious if the track will end on the timing flats or at the gondola base. Would be sick to watch the finish corral from Dusty’s patio!

So stoked on this for future years. Would way rather watch a WCDH weekend than Crankworx.
  • + 2
 @Geriatric-J: clearly since I haven't been there. Just asking for more steep off camber natural rockgardens
  • + 3
 @aappii: It starts with a bit which is free, but if you are actually selected to host a race then you need to pay 15k € fee, this is public data stated on uci webpage... Rumors are that hosting a wc race costs around 150k€ (preparation of course, security, marshals, timing, casting,...), there is no way to break even without support so races are usually backed up by some local organizations which justify it by the exposure/promotion such race gives to the area, now its up to each venue to see if such race would have enough benefits to justify the costs...
  • + 3
 @Whipperman: Too eroded + too short + too in the middle of other trails
  • + 1
 @mxmtb: @mxmtb: I guess now Creekside is open they can keep a lot of the park rolling in isolation from the race.
  • + 20
 Construction = "Flag it, Rake it and Ride it."
  • + 29
 Yah, just ride over all that that 5' high deadfall.
  • + 57
 @CaptainSnappy: Not a problem with live valve suspension. Just hit spacebar as someone pointed out.
  • + 2
 @drunknride: works great for us keyboard warriors, idk how that would work for the pros tho
  • + 11
 Love how in the first couple of photos people are using their hands to describe the trail. That's when you know a trails gonna be fun.
  • + 9
 Interesting there going to have it on creekside as I thought whistler generally liked finishing these in the main village. I guess this would allow them to not have to close most of the mountain like they have to for crankworx.
  • + 9
 My first thought was that they could use the parking in Creekside for the race village and to keep the village clear from the thousands of support staff and visitors it would draw.
  • + 6
 whole park is being pushed to Creekside. There will only be more stuff and events there. Calling it now...EWS Whitler will end in Creekside next year.
  • + 9
 @MikeyMT: It makes sense for big events. They have the timing flats which are perfect for a grandstand, they have the parkade which is perfect for the race village and parking for all the spectators. Creekside is also needs a bit of a boost economically
  • + 5
 The piece mentioned the fibre optic cabling from the Olympics being a big attraction to that side of the hill too, since they can just plug in to what's there for a WC.
  • + 22
 Creekside was always the finish for the alpine skiing world cups back in the day. And the finish for all the Olympic alpine events in 2010.
The village and most of the bike park could operate as normal with everything being in Creekside. It makes way more sense for it to end there. And that Creekside terrain is steep, like Val Di Sol/Vallnord steep. Could be an incredible track.
  • + 1
 Creekside was actually the original Whistler base. The current village sits on what was once a trash dump. I highly doubt the main base area for biking will switch to creekside. Some events might finish over there, but creekside will always remain smaller because it's not part of the central village.
  • + 1
 The creekside side of the mountain is steeper
  • + 2
 The creekside move makes tons of sense. Given the whistler has a lot of popular summer traffic at the main village, you're able to provide minimal disruption to that while having a WC. I also think it will allow whistler to more easily prioritize the WC riders for lift access during practice without upsetting other lift users as much. From some of my research, the whole lift piece is a bit of an issue for resorts that want to maintain normal services while holding a WC because they really have to give lift access priority to the riders during practice, warm-up, qualies, and races.
  • + 8
 A World Cup in Whistler hasn't been held back by lack of trail, we're talking about probably the best terrain in the world and certainly the best trailbuilding braintrust there is. Making trails is no problem.

Getting the title sponsors of the WBP (SRAM) and the UCI (Shimano) to play nice is going to be the real challenge.
  • + 10
 Also, Whistler flat out doesn't NEED the UCI for exposure. They have a successful thing going without any UCI help and the hefty fees (bribes) and concessions demanded of the UCI.
  • + 1
 @bman33: yea but the canadian federation will pay to help make it happen unlike #usacsucks. Windham never broke even with what they put into it.
  • + 4
 @SnowshoeRider4Life amend that to #usacyclingsucks. Don't get me started on USA Cycling. I look at them with the same disdain as the UCI. Bunch of bureaucratic mooches who's only focus is road cycling and even with that, they do a poor job. The resorts are not to blame in the US. The big ones are being smart with their money. The little guys like Windham either can't afford it or lose money like Windham did.
  • + 1
 @bman33: hey man, what don't ya like about USAC? lolol
  • + 4
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: Goes way back to the merger with the BMX sanctions, then USAC homogenizing and taking the spirit out of BMX. Second, their complete lack of support for the domestic MTB scene unless it's taking money for a memberships with very little benefit. Last month at a Colorado Slalom series race , the ancient USAC official couldn't have been more inconvenienced for being there, much lest assisting with the event. Called time for 'daylight' issues, with two hours to sunset and the facility had lights. Numerous other stories from grassroots promoters who get nothing but hassles from USAC when trying to put on a sanctioned race. The list goes on from there.
  • + 12
 Make a world cup at Snowshoe, Whistler, and Windrock!
  • + 1
 I believe Snowshoe has out a few bids out for a WC and have been (obviously) denied each time. @SnowshoeRider4Life may be able to speak more about SS.
  • + 3
 @Karpiel073: nah not yet. all rumors still.
  • + 10
 This is awesome and the name is great.

Then this popped out “....and one day attract a World Cup to western Canada.” YES PLEASE!
  • + 12
 You had me at "very little pedaling involved"!
  • + 8
 In tears, this is such an amazing project. Stevie would be so stoked. Really excited about the prospect of this coming to fruition.
  • + 6
 Anyone else see Steve smiling with that satisfied look. So much respect to the industry to give this track the proper treatment we all know Mr. Smith and the cycling community deserves. Maybe there can be a Pro guided tours for the normal regular DH rider.
  • + 5
 So happy to hear this, canadian open is a great track, but it is far to short. What a great idea to have it in creekside and not cross trails. Riding the park when the EWS was on was a nightmare, every challenge trail was closed for the race.

This will make bikepark riders happy that they can ride during the race, and fans will have more space to move out side the village. Plus hopefully this will breath some life into the dead zone that is creekside. Maybe one day they will open blackcomb and breath some life into blackcomb village in the summer??? All it has in farmer market on Sundays
  • + 4
 Killington on east coast and whistler out west for UCI WC stops. Only issue I heard is paying UCI to have the events. Rumor has it UCI tried to stop the US Open bc of some rule where world cup riders cannot ride non-sanctioned events during race season.
  • + 3
 interesting... after the US Open, I can only hope and pray that a WC comes to town..
  • + 7
 Just what Whistler needs - something to draw in the crowds - it's so quiet here in Summer and no one rides bikes.
  • + 1
 Yeah, and their isn't any pro level terrain yet. Wait, what are all those areas and features that are closed to the public.
  • + 8
 All they have to do is pay the UCI. Easy.
  • + 7
 But will battery throwing Aussies ruin the fun for everyone?
  • + 7
 Just awesome news! Love the tribute to Stevie! #longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 Very happy to see this! I have been wishing for a western Canada WC track for many years, I missed it back in the day on the NS...will definitely come over to watch if the circus comes to Whistler!
  • + 4
 The Canadian Open track is too short for a WC. Top dogs were running low 2:40's this year. Although after what we just saw in La Bresse who knows?
  • + 2
 Love the creekside trials and what they are doing. Thinking they probably choose the creekside zone for the track possibly due to the amount of tree coverage over there and the moisture the dirt seems to always have. Or At least when I have ridden them comparing to garbo or fitz trials
  • + 2
 One thing which was not spoken of on the article and that could be important IMO is the global exposure of the trail and the ability of having a proper coverage for a vibrant live cast.

What I mean is the possibility of having wide AND spectacular camera angles.

I'm not sure how long an average run must be on camera to stay, but I personally hate it when you don't see anything during like 1min between two splits.

side question: how long is it "in real life" between 2 riders starts ? Is it depending on the length of unfilmed/chunked off run parts ? Or fixed ?
  • + 1
 Yeah. Whistler needs exposure... Because no one knows about Whistler.
  • + 2
 Whistler doesn't need a WC race, they have Crankworx, way bigger event & crowds than any other mtb event around the world! And the BS on Rob Warners video, bags of money determine WC events, mtb'ing & football/soccer!!! Keep UCI out of Whistler, they do nothing for the sport but take $$$$
  • + 2
 Great idea for many reasons, personally I think the season should have at least 2 more rounds anyway. Plenty of places on the planet. Designed with racers for races, and they knew Stevie so a track in his name .Built to what he and they would love to ride makes perfect sense;
  • + 2
 If it was only as simple as wanting two more races.

#reality
  • + 2
 This sounds awesome, but I don't know how "We want to build it as close to possible as what they're asking for" is going to work in practice. Some riders like it short, other long; some prefer the tracks as steep as possible, whereas others like a more gradual course; a few racers like the bikepark style of some venues, while for others it can't be natural enough.
Other than that, looking forward to see how this turns out!
  • + 3
 many were invited to contribute. those that decided to join were the ones heard. i can tell you that often the athletes talked about how someone else would ride a section and talked with excitement about what that would look like.
  • + 3
 A World Cup at Whistler would be awesome!!!! Doing it as a tribute to Stevie Smith is very cool. Count me in to be there to watch and tell my buddies that I could ride that just like they do.
  • + 5
 Long Live Chainsaw Salute
  • + 1
 That is an amazing way to build a race track!I´m very proud as an MTB aficionado such a good project is looking so good. That fiber optic cable means that the cable is so close to the track you can put tons of cameras?that would be awesome if we can see real time first person view of any top guy race run and at least 20 cameras on the track. Maybe this is the end of an era of ghost run hot seat winner like Maes.
  • + 3
 That's wishful thinking
  • + 5
 A great tribute to Steve Smith! #longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 Ah the old why no wc in..... UCI only focus on skinny tyres and drop bars like most national federations. The only thing they need are 7 or 8 resorts that are willing to stump up the few million that it costs to buy in. And ideally a 5 star hotel for UCI goes and guests to relax in. I'd be interested to know how EWS choose venues and whether they demand a kings ransom.
  • + 3
 About time the World Cups should be held in the amphitheatres they deserve to be held in
  • + 2
 Sick, now get building again at Snoqualmie or add a WC DH level track at Stevens... We'll have a sick 2 weekend WC stop in the NW...
  • + 3
 awesome i hope a park like killington will attract a world cup race as well
  • + 2
 Dang, a WC in Whistler would be so raaaad!! Hope it will make, I'm already stocked!
  • + 3
 About frickin time western Canada got a world cup track
  • + 2
 Western Canada needs a WC spot! It's got to be one of the biggest hot beds for mtb. Build it and they will come!
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 I can't thumbs the article but when the trail is ready for all of us to ride I plan to make the trip up and give it a rip! Stoked!
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 I've been hoping for this since Creekside was announced; it just makes sense. Fantastic news, and absolutely looking forward to riding it once completed!
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 I’m going to plan a trip back just to ride this track.sounds epic.

And to ride all the other tracks of course.
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 Best season in the park in years. You guys are killing it. Please build it wide and with optional and hidden lines.
  • + 2
 Steve would be happy. Longlivechainsaw
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 Long live chainsaw
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 I need to ride this (once it's done), I'll definitely die but it's worth it
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 I'll poach the line in winter, no one will ever know! Muhahaha!
  • + 19
 To all the zipper heads down voting me, the track would be snow covered, and btw not a problem to ski on, and the ski hill would not care that I did. Did you all forget that in winter whistler gets snow?
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 @Bomadics: its just the PB hivemind, hopefully you get some sick turns in there! looks mint
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 @laxguy: Ha, hivemind, nail on the head dude! Thanks.
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 @Bomadics: They'd care alright and you're not getting a bike up there during ski season. The bike trails however aren't open for skiing anyway.
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 @davemud: who said anything about bikes? Do you typically bike downhill in the winter? Or do you prefer the flat board(s) that float and slide better?
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 @davemud: @laxguy: dude, they would not care, I tree ski all the time, now in Japan tree skiing is illegal, but in Canada it is not. Also off piste is discouraged, but not illegal. So you carry your bike up in the winter, and I will wave as I slide by on my boards!
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 @Bomadics: i know, but clearly other people are thick
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 @laxguy: Yes I included you just to alert you, the comment was directed at Mr. Mud!
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 Great that they want a WC, but can't they already host one on the Canadian Open track? Seems legit enough for a WC course.
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 World Cup! World Cup! World Cup! World Cup! World Cup! World Cup! World Cup! World Cup! World Cup! World Cup!
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 Rad
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 Get'er done , do it to it !
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 This will be awesome.
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 Yeah, Cranworks is amateur hour.
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 Is more or less in the Ride Don’t Slide area?
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 Like I needed another reason to go back.
  • + 1
 Boom!
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 Man I miss Whistler
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 best news ever!
  • + 1
 Righteous!
  • + 1
 Stoked!!
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