First Impressions: Whistler Valley
Words & Video: Jason Lucas // Photography: Chris Pilling
There's no arguing that the Whistler Mountain Bike Park trails offer up some of the best terrain, features, and vert in Whistler. However, head out just beyond the Bike Park boundaries in any direction, and there is a plethora of world-class singletrack just waiting to be ridden. From the fast and flowy trails around Cheakamus to the steep and deep trails on Blackcomb, there is something for everyone. Jason Lucas and Pete Matthews spent a day exploring three different networks around Whistler and share their first impressions. While they only scratched the surface, it should give you an idea of just how much the Whistler Valley has to offer.
We'd like to give a special thanks to WORCA for all their hard work building and maintaining these trails. To learn more about them and what they do click here.Whistler Valley Mountain Biking Trails Presented by Tourism Whistler.
To learn more about biking in Whistler or to book a trip, visit whistler.com/bike.
PB writers writing tourism-oriented articles (Not singling you out @jasonlucas as you just happen to be the one writing this); it should be incumbent on you to mention the trail orgs. Editorial should be making this part of the general template. It just seems like the right thing to do. Shout out to Brice Shirbach who consistently does a good job in finding out who maintains trails and then mentions it.
It's also shocking how it's not just visitors, but locals, who often still think they only would need or want a $60 WORCA membership to race a Toonie or Phat Wednesday, yet will buy a bike park pass or ski pass for hundreds of dollars without batting an eye. That $60 is huge to WORCA. In a town of 13,000 people, of which over 35% ride trails, it's shocking that WORCA struggles to crack 2,000 members.
Somehow the worst, and best decision of my life. I am in terrible shape (evidently,) but those trails are choice.