Video: Attempting Every Double Black Diamond In The Whistler Bike Park In A Day

Nov 16, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  


Christina Chappetta has a lofty goal of successfully riding every double black diamond trail in the Whistler Bike Park in one day. Can she do it? Watch and find out.








101 Comments

  • 134 10
 Holy cow, Christina! I'm glad you're Canadian or we'd have to increase your insurance coverage! Be safe be well, Incognito Robin
  • 49 0
 HAHA I can some times be a liability...
  • 4 0
 If I could ride with someone as good as Christina I’m certain my riding would improve more in a day than it has over the last 5 years.
  • 4 2
 @notoutsideceo She's from Slidell, Louisiana...
  • 1 2
 @Antwoord: yes she is hot sauce
  • 1 0
 @gnarlysipes: Thank you so much! I have a wicked riding crew to thank for getting me up to speed.
  • 4 0
 @Antwoord: haha YES!!!!! Slidell represent! But luckily I do have that Canadian health hahah
  • 20 0
 My goal is to do one double black diamond in my life
  • 11 0
 You got this!
  • 5 1
 North American ratings goes blue, black, double black, red. Europe blue, red, black, double black. Maybe you've already ridden a North American double black.... That being said BC has really stout ratings, Whistler inside the park isn't too bad, outside the park can be a different story... Just to make it even more confusing Trailforks shows the colors as blue, black, red, orange.
  • 18 0
 My first time at Whistler I rode goats gully in the pouring rain thinking the double blacks I’d ridden in the US weren’t that bad. I learned an important lesson about Canadian trail ratings that day.
  • 5 0
 @catweasel: In Europe it depends of the country, Green => Blue =>Red => Black => Orange in Switzerland and Austria. Tbh the technical trails in Whistler are chill compared to the Alps. There is no thick mud in Whistrelia, but a wet Tatiana can have slippery consequences. Some blacks are pretty scary in the Alps like The WC in Champery or the Face in Chatel. I have never been scared on technical trails in Whistler as I have been in the Alps. The trails are petty wide and well designed in Whistler too compared to the rest of the world
  • 1 0
 @catweasel: on the video it looks quite a bit more complicated than black (blue->red->black in Austria) BongoBongo in Leogang
bikepark.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/tracks/BongoBongo
Are there probably folks who have ridden both in Whistler and Leogang?
  • 1 0
 @catweasel:
UK is blue, red, black, sometimes double black. But then we have pro line after that which is often stripy or orange.
And then sanctioned DH runs are 1, 2 and 3 dot.

Its all a bit over complicated!
  • 2 0
 @Ba1rog: also I'd say the rock in Whistler is way less slippery than in Alps. On Whistler Rock faces it felt like a tarmac, in Alps its more like glass
  • 1 0
 @catweasel: Except in NA red isn't called red, it's a new rating usually called "Pro". Sometimes you'll see it marked triple black instead.

UK "official" ratings are insanely outdated and are green, blue, red, black. But also 1 dot, 2 dot and 3 dot for DH/FR type stuff - except that's all complete f*cking nonsense because some DH trails are less DH than a normal red. It's also completely inconsistent across the country.

Then you'll get green/blue/red/black and sometimes double blacks on privately owned trail centres, and even triple blacks like the new line at Dyfi.
  • 1 0
 @rich-2000: Agreed it is completely over complicated, but we don't have pro line in the UK, the orange is for DH/FR trails/features, and is completely outdated now. So much so that trail centres have just started making their own systems.
  • 5 0
 @redrook: going from the UK to the Alps is ridiculous. Riding into Morgins bike park with an old hire bike (swapped brakes) thinking I'd cruise down a red to start the day was one to remember...
  • 1 0
 @HankHank: Hahaha Big Grin
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 @fpmd: Gnarly trail! I remember that one!
  • 1 0
 In Australia it is the same as our ski runs: green, blue, black, double black.
  • 6 0
 @Ba1rog: So what you're saying is I have to do this challenge in the Alps next year?? Done!
  • 2 0
 @christinachappetta: Do it, you gonna love it! I would recommend the PDS: Chatel, Morgins, Champery, Avoriaz and Les Gets are amazing. Tons of steep trails and if it is muddy it will be the cherry on top hahaha.

I love Verbier, Crans Montana, Schladming and Livigno but they are pretty far away from each other.
  • 16 0
 That was great!

Does everyone remember that episode a year or two ago where @christinachappetta was doing dirt jumps indoors? Remember the size of that jump she was stoked to clear? And now she is styling up Crabapple Hits! Such a pleasure to see! Do the drills, get the skills! Inspiring!

That video made my morning. Thank you.
  • 9 0
 Awesome work. I would live to get to Whistler at some point before I am too old, not sure how I would do on some of those trails. Seems like Killington keeps wiping out all the natural tech trails for more flow trails. At least Thunder still has some good ones though.
  • 4 0
 Thank you! Get on over here!!! Never too old and there are new trails every single season.
  • 4 1
 Whistler is pretty chill. Go for you. Ride around BC if you desire natural. Naturally steep, naturally rough, naturally tight turns, naturally shit your pants when you decide to go full gas on a trail that you haven't ridden
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: Stone King Rally then, you should “drag” the Mike’s a long. That would make for some good vids!
  • 1 0
 Apologies clumsy fingers was meant to be on the thread above, where the Alps was mentioned.
  • 10 0
 Captain Safety on a wet day is not safe!
  • 5 0
 Seriously though! Don't do what I did hahah every single time I've been dragged down that trail, it's been wet.
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: Captain Slippery!
  • 2 0
 Is Captain Safety ever dry?
  • 3 0
 @whitebirdfeathers: Even when it is it certainly ain't "safe" lol!
  • 2 0
 I remember doing a sweeper run for the bike Patrol one evening on Captain Safety in the wet. I hadn't ridden it before and he said, "oh yeah, it's not too bad if you've ridden the other black diamonds".

What a load of bullshit that was! It's wild in the wet. I survived....just. Good times.
  • 3 0
 @humoroususername: Seriously underestimated that section of trail!!! I think I've only ever ridden it while wet hahah
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: I've ridden it while dry also and it was still pretty tough. I was pretty new to biking back then but even so it was making fools of lots of good riders. I love trails that scare you every time!
  • 7 0
 One of the best WBP edits in a while!! So fun to watch, and great riding!!!
  • 1 0
 Oh Scott! You're too kind hahah next time, you'll make it in!
  • 3 0
 My 2 year old says, "lots bumps," and I echo his sentiment. Impressive!
What do the commenters recommend next for a guy just starting to dabble in double black tech? I've survived drop-in clinic, afternoon delight, & BC's trail so far.
  • 3 1
 good stuff!
how was it focusing on line choices by the end? Not a park guy so I'm not sure how much you can recharge before each run on the lifts. I have a tendency to dial it back on the rowdy stuff by the end of an epic session but I guess that would be hard to do when only running double blacks.
  • 9 0
 haha can confirm! Every single lap had some heinous move in it. Overall though, super happy to take on that day and thankful I had friends join for each lap or I probably would have given up on crash 1
  • 5 1
 Way to set a goal and charge after it. The last goal charged after was eating 1 of every donut in the case at a fancy donut shop. I accomplished my goal…twice!
  • 4 0
 Well done you! It's all about setting those small, achievable goals, and rewarding yourself when you do.
  • 1 0
 Such a fun edit!
That Tatiana rock is awful, and your Captain Safety crash was exactly what I did on a similarly wet day...That tree and I are friends now, and I have some great shin scars to show for it. Smile Missing bike park so much right now..
  • 2 0
 Goat's Gully is a whole other level, one of the trails I go check out every year and can never make my way down despite being able to ride pretty much all the other double blacks fairly cleanly. One day!
  • 3 0
 Throw in a couple of DM laps and drop Tatiana and you have a perfect park day for me!
  • 3 0
 hahaha yeah! Tatiana is one meannn lady! Especially in the wet. Cheeky me got the DM's and A-Line's obviously
  • 3 0
 @christinachappetta: Between you, me, your riding mate and my buddy we're 3 for 4 on all sliding out in the exact same place. I had no idea there was a big, wet rock there until... woosh!
  • 4 0
 Thoroughly enjoyed that, thanks a ton for brightening a dreich day
  • 2 0
 Thank you! I'm still haunted by those crashes haha next year, redemption!
  • 4 0
 Mad skills Christina! Cleaned the Goats Gully "entrance" and Crabapple.
  • 4 0
 Thanks!! Crabs was the highlight of the day and Hailey cleaned the entire Goats Gully!!! She's a mad woman!
  • 2 0
 Go Pro effect in full force making hard trails look easy, the Dirt Merchant drop at 5:00 and the next gap are huge!
And the Go Pro makes it looks like a tiny little drop.
  • 3 0
 Thank you! Making me look good out there hahaha and that case... don't worry about that, DM was a lil slow hehe
  • 1 0
 Omg, that brought back so many happy memories of when we raced for T2R back in the day. Awesome riding and really must head back out to whistler again one day before I reach 50!
  • 1 0
 Getting ready for winter where I am at, but love the biking vids. Can't wait to ride again in the spring. Also I like that you have comment on almost everyone's posts. Your a voice of the people!
  • 2 0
 I lived in Whistler 5 years, rode park nonstop and I still didn’t touch half of those double blacks. Seriously impressive stuff Christina!
  • 2 0
 Thanks Vince!!!! Sounds like we have ourselves a date next summer hahah let's go!
  • 3 0
 Maniac! You're an animal.
  • 2 0
 Cheers, it was a mission!
  • 3 0
 I can't begin to imagine the arm pump.
  • 2 0
 Uhh yeah, it was real... especially up in the Garbo zone with freezing cold air!
  • 3 0
 Crushed it. Showing people how it's done
  • 2 0
 Tom needs to do running commentary on all Pinkbike videos, so good!! Where was the orange Slash though?
  • 2 0
 Big day for the Big bike! Thought it would be rude not to take the Session out this day.
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: I thought that looked like a Session.
  • 3 0
 cant wait to ride out there next year!!!
  • 2 0
 Only possible on a weekday haha. No way you'd get there with weekend lines.
  • 1 0
 Truly! There were probably 2 laps where the line got long and I was stressin. No breaks all day!
  • 3 0
 You're an absolute Beast CC!!! Love watching you send it...
  • 1 0
 Thanks for that!
  • 3 0
 Why would I rather watch this than any episode of Pinkbike Academy?
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah!! You even sent Crabapple! I have only did it once few years ago, but I know that is WAY bigger in person.
  • 1 0
 How long did it end up taking? That was crazy! Currently watching this during my college lecture lol and it was a highlight of my day Smile
  • 2 0
 A joy to watch! Some of my fave Whis laps are in there. You killed it CC!
  • 3 0
 Kinda disappointed Cody wasn't there to give her constant encourage
  • 3 0
 once you go double black, you never double back
  • 1 0
 How is it Christina is able to get such crisp, non-shaky video while using a chesty? Gimbal? Or just a better cam than what I use?
  • 1 0
 This was shot with a chesty mount with I think... a go pro 8, could have been a 9 but pretty sure it was the 8.
  • 2 0
 She makes it look easy! I can just imagine how slippery it must have been. It makes me wonder what tires she was using..
  • 1 0
 Can confirm, it was suuuuper slippery... I run the Schwalbe Magic Mary front and rear on the big bike with Ultra Soft compound! It's the only way.
  • 3 0
 Sick!
  • 5 3
 Gee - wonder if they can do it.
  • 2 0
 nice content and awesome riding
  • 1 0
 Have they upgraded some of those trails? Dirt merchant used to be single black didn't it?
  • 1 0
 It did until they added the pro lines a few years back and split DM off into Rippin Rutebaga.
  • 2 0
 You really stepped up your riding! Nice!!
  • 1 0
 Oooh Schleyer, Tech Noir, Goats Gully, Drop in Clinic, I miss you!
  • 1 0
 Super dope. I wish I was able to do any trails in Whistler this year lol
  • 1 0
 just a casual day for you !!! hahah
  • 1 0
 What about Dwayne Johnson??
  • 2 0
 That one is a pro line. Maybe next summer we do Pro Line video?!?!
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: I figured you were adding those in.. Crabapple and lower DM are Pro lines aswell Wink There are 4 Pro lines.. so you would have to record a slow-mo of each one to get a full size video in haha
  • 2 2
 Replete with "Outside" Muzak Soundtrack
  • 8 7
 Looks like a Session
  • 1 0
 What is trailfork?
  • 1 1
 Cant wait to move to Whistler!
  • 1 1
 Looked like a Session

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