Video: Whistler Bike Park Opens This Friday

May 14, 2018
by WhistlerMountain BikePark  
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PRESS RELEASE: Whistler Bike Park

Everything opens, and with many of those openings comes a new opportunity to do something great. In the off-season, you may have spent some time opening up a textbook, maybe cracked open a couple of cold ones, or even opened up your arms to friends you haven’t seen in a while. Because that’s what you do when the park is closed. And those moments are great.

But when the time comes for the dirt to firm up, the laptop to be put down, and the bike to come out – one opening stands out from the rest. Lift-access riding is back in your life, with new trails and fresh lines, so open your hand and close it around your handlebar – the Bike Park opens on Friday.

Photo by Laurence Crossman-Emms
Zander Geddes is stoked to bring more nose bonks to the park on opening day.

Photo by Laurence Crossman-Emms
EWS stalwart Remi Gauvin sure can open the throttle on the big bike.

Photo Clint Trahan
It wouldn't be a 2018 movie opening without Dwayne Johnson. Paul Stevens sends it from the top rope.


Photo by Laurence Crossman-Emms
Zander blasting through Afternoon Delight. With the bike park open from 10 AM - 8 PM every day of the week as of Friday, you can get your delight from morning until night.

Photo by Clint Trahan
Local dual-sport maestro Ian Morrison knows that closing up ski season opens the door for bike park season.

Early Bird Pass Sale ends May 20
Don't have your pass yet? The early bird Sale with bonus offers ends on May 20. Buy an unlimited season pass and get a free Top of the World ticket and Bring-A-Friend ticket. More offers on 10 and 5 day passes available here.

New Pass Media Required for 2018
Everyone will need a new physical bike park pass and to sign a new waiver for this summer, your 2018 pass will not auto-load onto your winter pass or 2017 bike park pass. Get ahead of the game by visiting guest services, located beside the Whistler Village gondola, in advance if you are able to. They are open 9 AM - 5 PM every day, and will be staying open until 8 PM on both Friday night and Saturday for those rolling into town in the evening, or working during the day. For more more information, click here.

Weekend Festivities
The SRAM/RockShox Race Support Truck will be in attendance for the bike park opening weekend. They are celebrating the 20th anniversary of BoXXer with historical displays and a trivia contest to win a new BoXXer. Stop by and see the new Lyrik and BoXXer and get your suspension set up for the season.

Our friends from Pinkbike will be on hand, firing up the stoke, bike checking and getting some well-deserved laps in. Rumour has it the Director of Good Times himself will be on-site, make sure to give him a high five. If you can't make it to the park this weekend, stay tuned to Pinkbike for opening weekend content coming out in the days following.

GT Bicycles will also be at the base of the park Friday through Sunday, swing by their tent to see what they have going on this season and get some sweet swag.

The 90's Revival, presented by GT, SRAM and RockShox, kicks off at 9 PM on Saturday night at the GLC. Join the Official Whistler Mountain Bike Park Season Opener party to celebrate the start of bike park season as well as all things 90's mountain biking. Dressing in your best 90's MTB attire is not mandatory, but it's certainly preferred.

Credits
Riders – Zander Geddes, Remi Gauvin, Ian Morrison, Paul Stevens
Video – Good Fortune Collective and Absolute Cinema
Photography – Clint Trahan and Laurence Crossman-Emms

#RideNowSleepLater

WMBP 2017


MENTIONS: @WhistlerMountainBikePark


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57 Comments

  • + 33
 Will be there in 37 days, and counting! Couldn't be more excited!!
  • + 6
 i'm jealous
  • + 7
 See you there Smile 31 days for me.

Yeeeoowww!
  • + 3
 I'm lookin forward to first chair in 15 days - yeeeeoww!
  • + 5
 @kit-nz: nice, let's ride in Whistler then! I am planning my next vacation to NZ, let's trade a beer for some tips on where to go??
  • + 5
 @Caiokv: Sold! Message me when you arrive and we'll sort something out.
  • + 14
 Ahhhhh - bromance at it's finest
  • + 2
 I gotta wait 63 days, watching Whistler videos is not making it any easier!
  • + 1
 38 Days for me!
  • + 1
 63 days for me! Unfortunately, I'm on a family road trip and only passing through Whistler.... Not actually getting a day to stop and ride... Dammit.
  • + 1
 @kit-nz: 46,645 minutes until it's my turn!
  • + 26
 Can't wait to break my shoulder again.... where else you gonna get a hospital next to the parking lot!
  • + 15
 Sessioned that hospital for a separated shoulder. It's as good as it gets!
  • + 8
 I dropped into it for a quick broken wrist lap, flowed right through
  • + 10
 Just paid off my last medical bill to that place. And I thought the lift tickets and food in whistler were expensive...
  • + 4
 @joe1989: if your not a citizen you need insurance dog, then you can get as broke off as you want Wink
  • + 4
 It's dialed actually... full bike locks outside with your own key for when you get discharged... even sweet up front pricing for your basic shoulder separation, a bit more for the x-ray... not saying it's cheap for a sling and someone to say your hurt dude, but hey... pretty plush. Ordered my whistler pass again Smile
  • + 4
 @GunRack: Yeah my insurance company was jerking me off. I ended up just paying mostly out of pocket so I didn't have to deal with those idiots. Can't wait to come back this year and hopefully not get broken off on a gd green trail after riding crabapple and in deep all day.
  • + 1
 Fire up the way-back machine: I coasted into the health centre with a broken collarbone after a massive overshoot of the rock on Rippin Rutabaga.
  • + 2
 to make sure you go at the hospital i recommend you the track called "drop in clinic" Beer
  • + 4
 I completely shattered my right collarbone (9 screws!) 2 years ago on a botched jump on Merch resulting in a high-speed OTB, resulting in Whistler Medical Clinic visit #1. Then last year I shredded my right forearm on a stupid slide-out during a warm-up on B-line (!) of all places, resulting in clinic visit #2 to pick out multiple pieces of gravel from my forearm (but only about 45 min loss of trail time, thankfully). For those visiting Canada (those from the US especially), drop the $20-40 to get a week’s worth of travel / disaster insurance, it will pay for itself many times over if you end up needing local medical care before they send you on your way. Several companies offer this and mountain biking is not an excluded activity for coverage, apparently they haven’t caught on yet....
  • + 2
 Never got to visit the hospital in Canada Did get to hit up Queenstown hospital with a shoulder injury and broke my spine in Morzine however. Maybe need to find a different sport haha
  • + 1
 @tbone1000: travel insurance for the hospital visit, disaster insurance for your riding. Wink
  • + 2
 The nurses thought it was funny when I asked if I could buy a Whistler Medical Clinic t-shirt. I still think they should sell them. LOL
  • + 1
 @joe1989:

Ha always on dumb s*&t, I busted my shoulder in Squamish showing a couple from Germany the start of Full Nelson and just riding a connector trail back to my friends. Surgery 5 weeks later...
  • + 13
 Seasons pass hell yes! Might be eating ramen for six months but its worth it.
  • + 6
 Not all ramen is created equal!
  • + 1
 @jamiegurnell: mi goreng.... the ultimate cheap Ramen... check it out
  • + 6
 3 more fackin sleeps. thank god.
  • + 5
 what's it like to ride before the brake bumps come out of hibernation?
  • + 2
 You've got about 2-3 weeks before they emerge. Nothing like the joy of pinning down a run shattered by your dental work rattling around your head as you head into a corner.
  • + 3
 YAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
  • + 3
 Whistler is freaking rad ! Best place to ride on earth.
  • + 3
 I´m on the way just in time... Departure on 18th of may Smile
  • + 2
 T-minus 59 days for me (scheduled) ... there may be some random days thrown in there down the stretch!
  • + 3
 Anyone know which trails are/aren't going to be open this weekend?
  • + 3
 I believe Dirt Merchant is closed as they are doing a full rebuild on the lower half. Haven't heard any other news yet, hoping lots is open since they canceled the dig day and it's been hot.
  • + 3
 Pretty much everything but dirt merchant will be open Friday.
  • + 2
 Watch out for the bears! I went 9 years ago, and that was one of my favorite things about it.
  • + 2
 I was there opening weekend last year, credit card still not paid off but worth every penny.
  • + 2
 Stevens pass should be taking notes
  • + 1
 will be there from sunday to tuesday, first time at whistler, hope I will like it!
  • + 1
 Was there for opening day in 2013. Best conditions I've ever seen. a month later.... brake bump central.
  • + 1
 Let me be the first to wish all you lucky bastards a Merry Whistmas!

(not that I'm jealous or anything)
  • + 1
 Are opening weekend tickets sold out? The website doesn’t show the days available
  • + 1
 Hey @pictureman1 we had a little glitch, which has now been corrected. Thanks for flagging that.See you in the lineup - the WMBP Team
  • + 1
 44 days and counting for me.DH bike or 160mm bike that's the next problem,Any thoughts Whistler regulars?
  • + 2
 There in spirit, there physically in 90 days.
  • + 2
 Can't wait! MEGA exited....
  • + 2
 Ian Legend Morisson no on DEVINCI anymore ? Frown long live chainsaw !
  • + 2
 It's opener there, in the wide open air! Kid you'll ride mountains!!
  • + 3
 IM THERE!!
  • + 0
 can i sleep at your place ?
  • + 1
 FIRST DAY BABY AHHHHHHHHH
  • + 1
 Fly out May 30...fly home late June. Yeeeeee!
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