Whistler Bike Park Creekside Trail Expansion Now Underway - Video

Jul 18, 2017
by WhistlerMountain BikePark  
Whistler Creekside expansion

After many years in the planning and approval process, crews from three different trail building companies finally broke ground on the much anticipated construction of fifteen kilometres of new trails in the Creekside Zone. After opening this zone for bike park access in 2015, the Creekside trail expansion beginning now is the most ambitious development project in the park's history and will be a well deserved enhancement to this zone.

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Video by: Good Fortune Collective & Goldstein Productions

Ready for 2018, five new trails are being built adding fifteen kilometres to the park's trail inventory, equalling an increase of 20% more lift accessed riding. Accessed directly from the Creekside Gondola, from Garbanzo Express/Upper Whistler Village Gondola, and from Top of the World, the new trails will be a mix of machine-built freeride and hand-built technical single track suitable for the intermediate and expert level rider. The zone is being developed to ride well for both all-mountain trail bikes and DH.

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Phase 1 build plan.

This mix of trail types will give the zone more diversity, allowing a larger range of riders the ability to access it while ensuring advanced riders keep coming back. All while maintaining the personality and atmosphere that makes Creekside so special.

The Dream Build Team

The new expansion will be split between three of the world's premier trail building teams based in Whistler. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew will be tackling the main machine-built low intermediate trail as well as teaming up with Gravity Logic on a low footprint machine-built single track. Gravity Logic will build two additional trails including a hand-built single track and another low footprint single track trail accessed from Highway 86. Joyride Bike Parks will be taking the final trail and making it a machine-built intermediate freeride. The purpose of this all-star build team is to ensure the trails are built with individual flavours allowing for the most diversity and a fresh approach. Each will be uniquely built giving riders a new experience on each one.

Whistler Creekside expansion
Gravity Logic is well underway on their machine-built freeride trail in the lower Creekside Zone.

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The start of one of the tech trails through Creekside's ultra green forest.

Whistler Creekside expansion
A new zone allows for a lot of creativity and cutting of new lines.

Whistler Creekside expansion
Creekside is the new gold mine for some of Whistler's best dirt.

Whistler Creekside expansion
Sections are coming together, bit by bit.

Whistler Creekside expansion
Flagging some fresh tech.

Whistler Creekside expansion
Got the feels of Blueberry Bath Tub.

It is anticipated that all five new Creekside trails will be ready to ride for next summer's planned opening of the Creekside Gondola in June. It is also possible that some sections of the expansion will be available to ride before the end of this season but stay tuned for updates.

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The new guy, Zander Geddes, helping to ride it in.

Whistler Creekside expansion
Lula cutting in the technical line.

Whistler Creekside expansion
Some impressive bridge and feature work are being built in order to link up the trails through the rugged terrain.

Whistler Creekside expansion
Lula approving of her husband's work.

Whistler Creekside expansion
Zander getting up to race speed.

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An early taste of something that will only get better.

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Hopefully more of this to come later this year.

Looking even further in the future, the Master Plan for Creekside includes a total of 56km of trails that stretch from tree line to valley floor giving riders even more options when descending from Top of the World and the Garbanzo Zone. In anticipation, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew are developing several new trails within the existing park for this purpose. But for now, 15km is a great start.

Riders arriving to Whistler this season can currently access the park from the Creekside Gondola and take advantage of free, secure underground parking, delicious Dusty's BBQ, bike repair and shopping at GBB Creekside, and fewer lift lines.

View the full album of images.

Photography by: Clint Trahan


Top of the World Update - Opening This Saturday

Thanks to Mother Nature's warm and consistent temperatures so far this summer, along with some much needed acceleration by Trail Crew, riding from the summit of Whistler Mountain will be open this Saturday. There will still be many sections where the Top of the World trail will be covered in snow but Trail Crew has been able to remove as much as possible allowing riders to descend through the alpine. As the summer heat continues the trail will only get better and better.

To purchase your Top of the World ticket visit Guest Services or call 1-800-766-0449.


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78 Comments

  • + 46
 It's cool actually seeing that they are making progress and actually stick to their word to when it'll be open, Whistler is always on time and good with that shit. My local mountain (Mt Bachelor) sucks ass and have their maintenance crew doesn't even give a shit about the trails, there was a trail that was supposed to be open 2 years ago that they "haven't got around too yet"... that being said good job Whis
  • + 18
 They make miracles happen, nothing less. Incredible trail management
  • + 8
 Rode Bachelor last summer and was very unimpressed. Felt like I was going backwards the entire time and every turn posed the imminent danger of diving my front wheel into the sand and getting pitched into the devil's lava rocks that line every trail. The rest of the riding around Bend is dope though!
  • + 6
 its amazing the lack of effort mt. bachelor puts into the bike park. does a trail crew even exist up there? I saw them riding last weekend. Move some freaking snow and dirt is mid july!
  • + 1
 Haha right
  • + 6
 I think its all about priorities... not all American resorts seem to see the potential in mountain biking... They need to come to Whistler during Crankworx to see the crowds, the 16year olds on $6000.00 mountain bikes so they can go hmmmmmm.
  • + 1
 yeah, now that Vail resorts owns them, they need to send some of that knowledge to Vail and Keystone bike parks and build some new trails here too.
  • + 27
 This is awesome to hear/see... but... please stop building machine built flow trails/roads. Whistler already has that in spades--and it's great--but time for more natural trails. Hand built singletrack trails from easy blue to high single black, with alternate A-B lines to spice things up.Trails built for trail bikes(!) That's what's going to bring in new (more) riders. Need more families, parents, and people who love shredding singletrack and not brake bump freeways with jumps. Everyone I know who goes to Whistler is doing the majority of their riding outside the park. Because the trails are better (natural). Bring some of 'those' types of trails into the bike park...
  • - 5
flag merica99 (Jul 18, 2017 at 12:42) (Below Threshold)
 Or start learning how to jump... Wink
  • + 5
 Blackcomb has lots of what you're describing. You have to pedal though but it keeps the trails over there in great condition.
  • + 10
 @merica99: @btjenki

Whistler doesn't need trail bike trails for trail bikes, or flow trail roads for big BMX bikes (although a FEST series jumpline would be nice in open areas - it certainly isn't a tiny flow trail) - it needs natural freeride mtb trails with big ungroomed natural gaps and drops with more steep rock rolls ala Cypress MTN. Handbuild the jumps and hucks and don't remove rocks and roots from drops and landings. There needs to be natural features or as some call it "old school" bikepark riding. There are plenty of trails already in Whistler for new riders, its time for trails where people can really push themselves, their equipment, and improve skill. Whistler needs DH/Freeride trails for big lines and big bikes.
  • + 1
 Amen to that! My kids are becoming great little riders but they like trails not jumps and berms. The value of the park would be immense if I could access long interesting singletrack with awesome views from a lift service that saves their little legs.
  • + 3
 Creekside already has BC Trail. It doesn't get anymore natural than that
  • + 2
 Whistler is a lift access bike park which means its more dh oriented if you want go do Mt Fromme or Mt Seymour they are trails made for trail bikes.
  • + 2
 @tomjedimaster: TOTW into RDS into BC Trail is one of the finest laps in the world IMHO.
  • + 22
 So, is no one in Whistler freaked out about that massive mountain sized hand towering above them in the first picture? It looks a bit top heavy.
  • + 13
 I understand that Whistler is a Resort and attracts lots of people from around the world but for us locals, Its about time they started putting some new advanced trails considering how much the price of a seasons pass has gone up! I have to wonder how much it costs to run the Creekside Gondy for 25+ riders that go up per hour.
  • + 4
 Local? Can I stay at your place when I'm in town? Smile
  • + 3
 @Dont-hit-trees: With no free parking in the centre of town now I suspect more traffic will go up from Creekside to access the park plus they can expand foot traffic in that area too.
  • + 2
 Plan is for at least one black trail from subalpine to Creekside ala O-Sin style. Notice I said "at least"
  • + 11
 Stoked to hear there will be more hand built single track. The market may demand more (expense to build) machine built flow but lots of people I talk to on the lifts want more single track, especially single to double black difficulty.
  • + 9
 As long as we will no longer have to ride any portion of the brake bumped infused, not much better than fireroad Dusty's Downhill to get back down to Creekaide, I will switch that to my main parking spot. As it is, the portion of dusty's that one has to ride (to even access the awesome BC's trail) is absolutely horrible and painful on both the hands and the spirit.
  • + 0
 Does Whistler ever do maintenance to fix brake bumps?
  • + 5
 That way down is perhaps the worst trail in the world!!! You end up cooking your brakes and arms on the way down.
  • + 5
 Amen. Rode Dusty's for the first time the last time up and could not believe how absolutely horrendous Dusty's was. Getting totally excited for the annual trek to Whistler at the end of the month, but absolutely will NOT go to Creekside when it's mandatory to ride on Dusty's.
  • + 6
 Funny how people complain about MORE trails being built. If it isnt your style, dont ride it. There are plenty of others that will enjoy it. I dont ride "easy does it" or "b-line", but there are plenty who do enjoy those trails so nothing wrong with having them.
  • + 8
 The guys at Gravity Logic are just wizards when it comes to trail building... Thanks for all your input at Sugarloaf NB gents, the flow is incredible!
  • + 2
 Agreed, they have done great work at Blue Mountain here in Ontario.
  • + 1
 @SectionThirtyOne: where exactly?
  • + 2
 @devo123: It is my understanding that Gravity Logic built H20, Haole and Minion's Rush at Blue. They're some of the most popular trails here, so they must be doing something right...?
  • + 1
 @SectionThirtyOne: Agreeing to your agreeing, they have done some great stuff here in Colorado too.
  • + 5
 Like anybody I love a good flow trail, just don't understand why wp needs to built them so wide ? Rode crank it up this year, you could drive a. Are down that trail? Why not use a small digger, that can built on a smaller footprint...seems to work for other areas , but bike parks around the world seem to model Wp building and now everybody builds highways ..come on whistler I now we can do better and lift the standard instead of lower it...our tech trails are a good indicator that we def know how to built fun trails for every level...( from boca del vista to karate monkey to Boyd's to true tech gnar original sin etc...)
  • + 2
 Lol crank it up is shit and probably the half the width of A line
  • + 7
 Not to be too much of a curmudgeon about the added rooms in Valhalla, but does anyone else think "machine built freeride" is an oxymoron?
  • + 11
 Yep...we don't need more flow trails in good terrain for actual riding. Leave the flow trails to places which don't have good natural terrain and features.
  • + 7
 Lol you have gravity logic building your trail? Next time save the money and just make a golf cart path down...
  • + 1
 I don't get it? Are they bad builders?
  • - 3
 @JustinLund: yes. Terrible for the sport
  • + 1
 @JustinLund: I wasn't exaggerating when I said they should just build golf cart paths, it's pretty much the same thing... I could ride those trails on a road bike. Apparently the thought of a slope more steep than a handicap access ramp is extremely frightening...
  • + 1
 @TightAF:

No one is pointing a gun to your head saying you have to ride Whistler...obvisouly you dont belong there so dont go. Quit bitching about it like you are writing everyones pay check...

Whistler is the reason you have the bike you have. They have done more to mountain biking then you will ever do in your lifetime.

Props to Whistler for always killing it! Smile
  • + 6
 @merica99: what are you even on about lmao. Whistler is awesome gravity logic is not. Please don't mix the two...
  • + 4
 Strange comment. The same people behind Gravity Logic did A-Line, Dirt Merchant. And for more recent work the same people did the Ride Don't Slide re-route; and Top of the World..
  • + 4
 Wow crazy all the negative comments. We are very lucky to have Whistler. Don't like what they build. There are plenty of other stuff to find in that area that you can ride up and bike down.
  • + 2
 For anyone interested in the proposed boundaries for the bike park in the most recent master plan:

www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/natural-resource-use/all-seasons-resorts/whistler/16_summer_recreation_plan_at_buildout_-_whistler.pdf

Looks like a ton of new terrain opening up, so stoked! The Blackcomb master plan is also showing potential future bike park operations as well. Looks like a certain existing trail does not fall within the boundaries shown in the master plan, which makes the current conflict a little more understandable.
  • + 4
 'This was dirt' accompanying vision of magazines going into a box. I let out a laugh at that one while simultaneously starting to fondly reminisce.
  • + 3
 Ahh, first world problems. When people complain about biking trails you know life is good. Whistler is amazing and just gets better and better.
  • + 2
 "...is teaming up with Gravity Logic on a low footprint machine-built single track,"

Define low-footprint machine-built, are there any examples currently in the bike park? Serious question.
  • + 0
 More Trails, More Happy Riders, of course paying to ride is annoying but I prefer to pay to have a good ride than pay to go to movies or other activities.
I'll be in Whistler Bike Park for my first time this year, with a friend, and I'm still with doubt about which bike bring there,.. a knotty podium or a kona process 153, half time in whistler BP and other days exploring squamish or pemberton... so I'm open to your suggestions to enjoy the ride. Smile
  • + 5
 Process 153 - 1/4 time in whistler BP (dual ply tyres), 1/4 Whistler valley trails, 1/4 Pemby, 1/4 Squamish/Alice Lake
  • + 1
 Yeah for the bike park I'd take the podium but the process for the rest
  • + 1
 You can ride the Process in most of the park. I've ridden an SX Trail and back in the day a Kona Coiler. Both were generally fine... just a bit more of an arm pump on the tech trails. Dh sled is ideal, but if you have to choose, the trail bike should still let you enjoy much of the park. Maybe consider taking the process and renting a bike for the park. Lots of rental options are available.
  • + 1
 Thanks all for your replies, sounds like the Process should be the weapon of choice, and a possibly rental bike for gnarliest trails. B-)
  • + 1
 Bring both bikes, last time I was over I took my DH and trail bike, bike rentals in whistler are expensive.
  • + 1
 @seamus: Depends on your airline fees and how long you'll be renting. Last time I went the fees on a second bike would have covered two days of a premium rental.

It's also pretty sweet to drop off the bike at the end of day, knowing it will be serviced and ready for you in the morning. You're in Whistler on a dream vacation, who wants to spend time servicing your bike when you could be out enjoying the village life?
  • + 1
 Really stoked to see this happening..all about uploading from Creekside in the winter.. Plus some inclusion of all mountain trails is great
  • + 2
 Yes! booked my flights for 2018 already so nice to know these will be ready. Sorry to bum anyone who's not going : )
  • + 4
 I'm not going, you jerk.... have fun, keep the rubber side down
  • + 2
 I need to live on a mountain..... a mountain that's not national park...... yeah, that's what I need
  • + 1
 I was just there this past week. The place is THE place to go to. I go to Whistler every year now. If you've not gone is 100% worth the effort to get there.
  • + 3
 Awesome news!!! That video though, double thumbs down.
  • + 1
 And 2 CGI's showing the curvature of the earth.... still waiting for AUTHENTIC pictures...
  • + 2
 This -> Lula approving of her husband's work. -> is whistler
  • + 3
 Åre take note
  • + 3
 All Austrian resorts/bike parks apart from Saalbach perhaps, take note
  • + 1
 As if Whistler couldn't get any greater they go ahead and do this!!????????
  • + 1
 BC DH is incredible, stoked on tvhs
  • + 1
 Hand built singletrack? Oh yeah!
  • + 1
 @bigitup you ride these yet?
  • + 1
 Just got home from Whistler last night and already miss it!
  • + 1
 So intermediate meaning blue, expert meaning easy black diamond?
  • + 1
 Whistler: Do you want to see the show, or be the show?
  • - 1
 So awesome. Glad to see some new trails going in. Next stop - take over Blackcomb!
  • + 10
 Blackcomb is already filled with gems for those willing to pedal up. Please keep it that way
  • + 3
 @mollow: Totally agree. Plenty of room to expand on Creekside. Leave Blackcomb as an earn your turns mountain.
  • + 1
 Awesome news
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