Video: Riding Some Of Whistler's Finest Singletrack

Jun 25, 2019
by Pinkbike Originals  


First Impressions: Whistler Valley
Words & Video: Jason Lucas // Photography: Chris Pilling

Presented by Tourism Whistler.

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.


With steep sections and some option black lines, High Side is a great warm up.

Plenty of tight, high speed rights and lefts to get the body loose.


Lots of little bonus poppers in these woods if you're looking.


It's hard to keep a straight face when riding with mountain biking's Ron Burgundy.

The climb up Blackcomb is long and steep, but the juice is definitely worth the squeeze.

If you like your trails fast, steep, and rough, then look no further. Crazy Train has what you need.




Line choice on Crazy Train can definitely be a balancing act.


Steep and deep, baby.

These days don't last forever, get out there while you can!


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.


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


MENTIONS: @pinkbikeoriginals / @GoWhistler / @WhistlerMountainBikePark / @jasonlucas




65 Comments

  • + 53
 So good and we're lucky to live here and be Trail Stewards. If you come to Whistler and ride the trails outside the Park, then consider supporting WORCA... we help keep the gold, gold. You can pop by most local shops and buy a WORCA Trail Pass to say "thanks" for the good times you just had. Plus you get a pretty rad DARKSIDE sticker for your support. Do it. The trails will thanks you. If you just wanna' support us, you can donate online: www.worca.com/trail-supporter
  • + 2
 Dammit. Missed the cut-off for the Trail Supporter t-shirts!
  • + 20
 Tourism Whistler. How hard would it be to mention the local trail organization?

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.
  • + 9
 @leelau: Yup... people come to a great MTB town, ride the trails and don't even think about the trail society - and it's not their fault. Yes, some enlightened folk will immediately seek out how they can give back. But for many, a simple reminder that they CAN and SHOULD chip in a little bit for the trails is very meaningful for not-for-profits and each little donation adds up to big bucks each year. TW can help remind those visitors and I think many would happily contribute when thoughtfully reminded. More importantly, those donations are fully "non-allocated" funds - meaning that the trail association can use those donations for really cool stuff with no strings - new trail construction, cool features, rebuilds, etc. Can you imagine if every visitor riding trails outside the park, dropped $5 in TrailKarma, or stopped by a shop and did a $15 Trail Supporter sticker donation??? Crazy.

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.
  • + 2
 @whitehonky: Agree with everything yourself and @leelau have said above. I think education is key, it's possible many tourists don't understand that trails outside the bike park are volunteer effort in building and maintenance. When some people understand that they will hopefully want to give back. The good news is Whistler (and mountain biking) are so expensive than an extra $15-50CAD is chump change on a vacation budget.
  • + 4
 @whitehonky: we live in Wales but my wife takes out a Worca membership every year to support. We volunteered on a trail build night last year and while we were over for the last couple of weeks she did 2 Toonie rides and loved the vibe. Least we can do to support these fantastic trails and the people who maintain them.
  • + 3
 Yes - thanks WORCA! @leelau: added now.
  • + 2
 @andrewdaly: thanks Andrew. Adding that to the template imo adds value. Pinkbike does a lot to help advocacy through Trail Karma etc and IMO it's completely appropriate for Pinkbike/Trailforks to showcase that support mechanism even in a tourism-focused article
  • + 1
 @andrewdaly: is it so hard to link to worca.com? why does the "learn more...click here" here go to tourism whistler's website?
  • + 24
 Pete Matthews, always keeping the stoke high in the Park & Recreation.
  • + 3
 “Which one of you pipe hittin bitches can pass the salt?” - Pete Burgundy
  • + 3
 @Rubberelli: Only the second time I see him in a video, and to me he is already a legend!
  • + 21
 Pete Matthews? Insta-click.
  • + 6
 Funny how even that entry chute on Crazy Train gets flattened out on the GoPro. That thing is incredibly gnarly in real life (even the ride around is gnarly), and the GoPro makes it look like nothing. Well, Mr. Burgundy makes it look like nothing as well, which doesn't help. I've had small squirts of fear dropping that line....
  • + 1
 It’s all relative
  • + 4
 I was in BC two weeks ago - rode Squamish trails one day, Whistler park the next (yelled at Pete that I've been watching his vids - he thanked me for coming hah), then Whistler trails. Definitely worth it to sample it all. Now to figure out how to move up there permanently!
  • + 2
 Same thing I did last year. Started looking at housing prices. Hard part was trying to convince the wife that Whistler is actually a bike park year round and it never snows in town (she's cold at 65F), so yeah, still here in So Cal.
  • + 2
 I want to do the same thing and I only live three hours away (depending on border traffic)!
  • + 6
 Fess up, guys. Did you actually do all that climbing? I expected a much sweatier version of both of you at the end of the video.
  • + 30
 Pete Matthews doesn't sweat. He forces the air around him to cry and uses its tears to cool himself.
  • + 12
 Yep, we did all of it in one day aha. We had jello legs by the end but it was so worth it.
  • + 4
 Legendary non-sweaty performance.
  • + 11
 I can assure you, both jason and i were extremely sweaty.
  • + 1
 I'm a fat downhill turd. I once took a trail bike to Whistler. I thought hey, what the hell. I'll try one of these locals trails I hear so many good things about.

Somehow the worst, and best decision of my life. I am in terrible shape (evidently,) but those trails are choice.
  • + 1
 Petes wearing a Mons jersey nobody looks sweaty in Merino, that fabrics next level. Great vid
  • + 5
 The amount of work WORCA puts into those trails is incredible. Thank you so much! Cant wait to see how much further on LOTS you got done..
  • + 4
 Wait for end of summer. The RMOW has worked to add a substantial alpine loop that will take LOTS to the next level. WORCA is currently constructing "Chipmunk Rebellion" as a prime exit trail from the LOTS system. Good times ahead.
  • + 6
 Pete or should I say, “Ron Burgundy”, seems like the coolest dude. Red Bull should have him do a track preview.
  • + 6
 at least he waited the first minute before giving it the ol' canadian "ooooh jeez" (1:03)
  • + 5
 Waiting for the day when GoPro etc will come out with a camera that actually shows how steep certain trails are! What makes it so impossible to properly reflect this?
  • + 3
 Perspective
  • + 1
 @Rubberelli: Would a camera with dual lenses/recording be the solution? Sorry, I don't know anything about this subject, but amazed that this has never been addressed.
  • + 3
 @MTB-Colada: No. You need a second camera at a perspective that can demonstrate the steepness. Watch freeride videos of those riders coming down Rampage-steep mountain faces. A drone is generally used to establish the steepness. Cut to chest mounted GoPro. Cut to (generally manned) camera(s) at sketchy, loose spots that are passed by to catch slo mo roost, air caught etc. Edited together, the viewer can feel the danger of the line.
  • + 2
 Definitely a difference in video setup so it would be interesting to know equipment spec, gimbal and GoPro Ver etc. Pete's set up was super smooth and Jason running the external audio had the crisper sound. Great video, what an awesome looking day on the trails. Makes me question why I spend most of my day chained to a desk.
  • + 3
 Both of us were running the same cameras and same microphones! I think Pete's just smoother than I am!
  • + 3
 Can you get someone who can keep up with Pete Matthews to follow him next time? Your POV is no good unless Pete is uzing Steez in front.
  • + 5
 I really should ride my trail bike more...
  • + 9
 You ride bikes?
  • + 3
 @chrispilling: anything is more than zero right?
  • + 2
 not sure I needed my season pass , so much natural stuff to discover , this video just makes me want to explore further afield
  • + 3
 Pete makin the spice look easy
  • + 12
 He who controls the spice controls the universe.
  • + 1
 @cyclemobolympicpark: Rides like a boss and throws out a Dune reference. Simply the best.
  • + 2
 Turn your hubs down I can't here myself think
  • + 2
 what model helmet is jason wearing?
  • + 2
 That's a Bell Sixer!
  • + 1
 That was a great vid, wish I could get some of that it looks epic. I’m in Morzine next week so it’s all good.
  • + 1
 Now that,s my kind of riding truthfully.
  • + 0
 Looks like Pete is riding the 2020 Megatower? Super down for the tan finish!
  • + 11
 Oh it isn't tan... its pink.
  • + 2
 Cotton Candy?
  • - 2
 It looked like a Nomad to me. The Megatower colors are Blackout or FS Green.
  • + 10
 Oh, it's a Megatower...and it's a very fleshy pink...
  • + 1
 @mitchgulliver: Fry sauce!
  • + 1
 @cyclemobolympicpark: do you have the new xtr rear hub? Your bike sounds very quiet
  • + 3
 @PastizziBoy: dt swiss 350 with reserve rims.
  • + 1
 It's Santa Cruz's special release "flesh pink" Stoked on Multiple Sclerosis bikes given to a handful of industry supporters of Santa Cruz. Sven Martin has one, so does Ric McLaughlin. I also wouldn't doubt these individuals contributed to Santa Cruz's fundraiser for MS.
  • + 1
 That was fun.
  • + 1
 big pete rips
  • + 1
 Damn. wow.
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