Video: Mahalo My Dude at Whistler Closing Weekend 2021

Nov 3, 2021
by ifhtfilms  

It's an annual tradition for the crew at Mahalo My Dude to capture the energy of closing weekend at the Whistler Bike Park and turn it into a video. For the sixth consecutive year in a row, it's clear the tradition is alive and well. Despite a crummy weather forecast and trails bouncing between open and closed, this year's crew made the best of whatever was handed to them. While it seems that very little planning and low expectations are common themes behind these yearly trips, somehow they always come together. On this weekend, it's about letting whatever happens happen and simply going with the flow. Capturing the thrill behind spontaneity and the beauty of authentic moments is what makes these videos worth creating.

Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Kaz Yamamura, thrifted jacket aficionado. Anyone know this guy's source? ~ Photo: Hailey Elise

Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Denis Courchesne and Ollie Jones throwing down on the A-Line two-pack.

Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
This year the top of A-Line was completely rebuilt. More jumps and more berms is lame said no-one ever! ~ Photo: Kaz Yamamura

Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Denis and Eric 'Lorny' Lawrenuk boost the infamous Tombstone.

Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Anyone know the correct scientific name for this trick? Top-side one-footer? Euro dog-pisser? Thanks in advance.

Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
4k RED footage or 480p Dad Cam footage? Why not both?

Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Matt Dennison spots his landing. Is it true this guy only rides park? PS. Looks like a Session. ~ Photo: Hailey Elise

Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Raise your hand if you've done a backflip on A-Line!

Whistler Closing Weekend 2021
Whistler local legend Hailey Elise enjoys her last bike park session of the year. ~ Photo: Ollie Jones

That's a wrap! See you next year for Whismas.

Mahalo my dude!

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Photos by: @mattdennison unless otherwise noted.
Video Created By: @kazyamamura, @mattdennison

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40 Comments

  • 110 3
 Just turned 53, have a solid career, wife and two kids, and daily I talk myself down from abandoning everything and moving to BC. Then another Whistler vid gets posted and I get BC blueballs and the cycle repeats.
  • 10 0
 I'm glad I'm not the only one!
  • 3 0
 I'm right there with you.
  • 4 0
 Mahalo my Dude! Same here, even if Doctors told me to quit biking....
  • 4 0
 same age same boat Frown
  • 1 0
 Same here amigo. Just about to turn 46 though. Good thing early retirement is in the cards, light at the end of the tunnel and a big reason to keep hitting the gym hard.
  • 6 0
 Only every day. Shit, I'll settle for Vermont.
  • 1 0
 43, career, wife, kid. Really happy in life but someone from 2065 needs to come back in time and give us the scoop on "beaming", so we can live our lives and still hit Whistler every week. (For this sole reason I suspect time travel will never be invented.)
  • 3 0
 I feel pretty lucky. I'm not in Whistler but have all those things and also live in a mountain bike oriented community here in BC. Not sure I'd want to play the cost of living/quality of life game in Whistler as nowhere in BC is cheep but other communities sure have a better ratio...especially when you add in a family.
  • 2 0
 Abandon your children and wife for a month out of the year. Live in Squamish. Ride 5 days a week. Bring your dog. It’s worth it…granted, I don’t have kids. Or a wife.
  • 8 0
 Life is short - at the very least consider even spending maybe a month or longer there to 'feel' it out. There is such a thing as the 'grass is greener syndrome' though. Most of the times those vacation spots can seem to be the ideal area to move too but once moved, the reality can be much different. Having grown up in a tourist town and lived in a couple others, I've seen it all too often where people give it all up to move to their dream town but don't last long. Not everyone of course but a large %. Definitely worth exploring though as it might be all you've dreamed!
  • 3 0
 Ironically, wasn't there a store in Whistler called Blueballs?
www.canadapages.com/blueballs-whistler-bc-6049057734
  • 1 0
 Good luck affording real estate there lol
  • 3 0
 @kootenayrider: We spent a month in Vermont this past August and it just made me want to move there that much more. The riding, the vibes, the beer....so good. Just gotta convince my wife who's a city mouse. Well, I'm basically a city person too, but I think I can adjust (plus Montreal is just 2 hours away).
  • 4 0
 I'm about the same age range, wife with kids. We're full time up here and it's really a great community on so many dimensions. Our concern, when we first moved here, was that it would feel like we're living in a resort. The reality is we cross paths with the resort aspect of the mountain so infrequently that for us it's just this small town that we live in. Even then when you're in the line at the bike park or waiting for a gondola the likelihood that you're bumping into somebody you know is super high. It's kinda like going to the grocery store - you don't know everybody but you always know someone. Schools are great, teachers are relaxed, nobody gives a shit when you pull your kid out for a powder day or because the dirt is mint and you want to go riding. I'm just rambling on but just wanted to say that I don't really think you're abandoning anything (other than maybe easy access to big box stores?) it's just kinda like where other people live but with an awesome backyard. Downside is housing if brutal and people put up with incredibly precarious housing situations to be here. Meanwhile they just wrapped up a new build in Stonebridge that was rumoured to have cost $100M. Kept a lot of trades employed for a long time though.
  • 2 0
 @gb8561: So rad you could make it happen. Is there a lot of resistance to new home construction in the face of housing scarcity?
  • 2 0
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: Available land for new home construction is incredibly limited and very expensive. On top of that construction costs are sky high - think $1000 - $2000 retail per foot depending on finish level. Like lots of other communities the municipal government is trying to balance the need to ensure affordable (definition varies) housing along with conservation and preservation of the natural environment. The Whistler Housing Authority builds, sells, and rents non-market housing that is much more affordable but wait lists are incredibly long and demand far exceeds supply. Pemberton is the "affordable" option in the Sea-to-Sky but even that is pricing up like crazy. They've opened up new areas for building and land cost is more reasonable but you're still dealing with sky high material pricing and a real lack of trades. Of course if your main concern is enough room for a helicopter pad then it's pretty much no problem to get a house done!
  • 3 0
 @gb8561: c´mon - no one asked about reality.....bike first - heli second......please let us dream.
  • 30 2
 How many of the dudes have a BMX background? Because I have a BMX background and it makes me wonder about their BMX background.
  • 2 8
flag racerfacer (Nov 3, 2021 at 9:56) (Below Threshold)
 jesus f*ck guys give it up already. take a look at her results on rootsandrain.
  • 11 1
 @racerfacer: It's because she has a BMX background. Do you have a BMX background?
  • 13 0
 @xxinsert-name-herexx: You would know if I had a BMX background because all I would talk about is my BMX background
  • 2 0
 @noakeabean: Would I? It is important to know whether you've had a BMX background, as it makes you good at doing things where a BMX background is useful. I personally don't have a BMX background, but I'm glad you have a BMX background.
  • 4 0
 @xxinsert-name-herexx: just started BMX - so I have a BMX *foreground*!
  • 26 0
 Feels like IFHT has been pumping out bangers forever, and they're still like these 20 year old kids. Makes me feel old as shit, ngl.
  • 69 0
 That one guy Jason Lucas sold out, works for some VC backed company doing corporate videos. Lame.
  • 8 1
 @hatton: Get that bag Jason, don't listen to the haters!
  • 19 0
 @hatton: Didn't Jason marry Jess and make a business out of selling picnic tables for squirrels?
  • 2 0
 @MisterChow: Yeah - but that's just a side hustle so he can afford a new eBike to keep up with her
  • 27 0
 Man these guys only ride park...
  • 7 0
 Nothing more to say, the best closing day video ever! Amazing group of very talented friends, both in riding and in filming/capturing the moment!
  • 7 0
 Sick! Filming, editing and photography on a professional level!
  • 3 3
 Second angles are great and all, but the whole dad cam and VX1000 resurgence trend just kills me. At this point, there are probably filters for if you want to intentionally make your footage look old and shit. But please don't. Especially when you literally have access to 4k cameras at that time lol.
  • 1 0
 ohhh, this is making me miss the park so so so so so much. love how much the joy and spontaneity of park laps with friends is so perfectly captured. and it's nice to know it's not just me who yells at closed signs...
  • 2 0
 Dog piss airs are my jam!
  • 2 0
 Wee!!! Case.

I relate, but it’s still fun!!!
  • 1 0
 turns out you don't need a long travel bike to rip A-Line like Ollie Jones does
  • 3 1
 sick my dudes
  • 1 0
 Yoooo Denis! I still remember that day...

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