Whistler Bike Park - The Next Evolution Starts May 2

Apr 28, 2015
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With May 2nd early opening just a few days away, we're excited to announce plans that will significantly transform the riding experience from day one. 2015 marks the start of our renewed commitment to offering progressive riding experiences that appeal to returning park riders, welcome new riders, and stay current with the latest developments in bike technology and riding preferences. From starting fresh on brand news trails to redesigning what's already there, to offering complimentary bike park tours for newcomers, the beginning of the next stage in the evolution of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park starts now.

Watch Bike Park Manager Brian Finestone talk about what's in store:

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Video by Goldstein Productions. Riding by Whistler Mountain Bike Park Team riders Tristan Merrick, Peter Matthews, Trevor Berg, James McSkimming, and Lula Darquier. All footage shot from April 24-26, 2015

TRAIL UPGRADES
An early valley snow melt has allowed trail crews to get a jump start on this direction. Even though opening day has moved up almost two weeks, significant changes have been made on the parks most popular trails:

Crank It Up
Likely the most ridden trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Paddy Kaye and his team of builders and shapers from Joyride Bike Parks have resculpted Crank It Up from top to bottom. The new and improved Crank It Up has been designed to provide a smooth introduction for riders getting familiar with today's Freeride style of trail. New shapes and features have been created that will be enjoyable on both All Mountain and DH bikes and for a broad range of ability levels.

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From new to jumping to experienced pro's, Crank It Up will deliver jumping progression from early intermediate to advanced.
Team Riders: Peter Matthews and Trevor Berg. Photo: Mark Mackay


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Paddy Kaye and his crew shaped Crank It Up to perfection making it tough to want to leave any tire marks. But we got over that quickly.
Team Rider: Peter Matthews. Photo: Mark Mackay


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Features like the step up still remain allowing advanced riders to send the left hip high and far while intermediate riders can learn this jumping skill on the right.
Team Riders: Peter Matthews and Trevor Berg. Photo: Mark Mackay


A-Line
At the same time, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park trail crew has taken the challenge of making one of the world's most iconic trails even better. Dave Murphy and his team of trail artists have reworked this icon feature by feature adapting it to current riding preferences and styles. The finished product will guarantee a new level of fun and entertainment for the park's A-Line addicts and advanced newcomers. The trail will offer multiple approaches to many features allowing for a true black diamond experience with a variety of more challenging options.

Crank It Up More - *NEW TRAIL
Later this summer, riders will be able to progress to Crank It Up More, a brand new and more challenging 1.4km trail, where riders can air it out bigger after they've mastered the jumps on Crank It Up. Crank It Up More will start at the Singing Pass trail crossing on Crank It Up and flow all the way to the start of Heart of Darkness.
*updates will come throughout the summer when this trail is expected to be complete.

FREE ORIENTATION SESSIONS
The ongoing evolution of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park goes hand in hand with encouraging newcomers to visit the park. This summer, we're putting a strong focus on educating guests on basic skills and bike park etiquette to create a fun and welcoming experience for all. A new learning centre at the top of Fitz chair will offer complimentary orientation sessions giving new riders the opportunity to speak to a Whistler Mountain Bike Park Guide. Guides will advise riders on essential skills, appropriate trails for their ability level and recommendations on lessons or programs.

So there you have it. We hope you like what's in store for May 2nd and what is still to come throughout the summer.

See you at 9:30am when the Fitz chair starts turning to kick off the season this Saturday. Final trail openings are in the hands of mother nature this week so stay tuned for more details.

If you don't have you pass yet, all 2015 Bike Park passes are on sale now until May 17 including bonus offers. Click here for full details and to purchase.


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94 Comments

  • + 114
 Hopefully my good ole 26 will still handle these new bike advances to the trails!
  • + 31
 as long as you're running BOOST148, you'll be fine
  • + 25
 pshhhh 26" will be the best bike for whistler
  • + 33
 they actually designed the new trails for a new wheel size that's coming out next year: 27.875+ front and 26.25 rear. The pro's who are currently testing them say it's the best of all worlds. "20 24 26 27.5 27.5+ 29 29+ can suck it" said one XC rider. Even the DH pro's seem to be liking it so this new wheel size(s) will be the standard for years to come. SRAM also endorses it as they say it creates the optimal spoke angle for maximum wheel stiffness for their very popular BOOST line of hubs.
  • - 42
flag Andy-Grant (Apr 28, 2015 at 11:00) (Below Threshold)
 I hope your joking cuz that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.. I will stick with my 26.
  • + 10
 @Andy-Grant No way man, @cuban-b is totally serious! The best part that he "forgot" to mention is that this awesome new standard is close enough to current wheel standards that our current tires will just stretch onto the new rims!!! So we dont have to wait for tire companies to realize how much better the new wheel size is and start making tires!!!
  • + 8
 everythign i wrote is super duper serious except for the xc rider quote. Andy-Grant i have a pet rock here i want to sell you and yes it comes with the smoke and mirrors.
  • - 11
flag Andy-Grant (Apr 28, 2015 at 15:06) (Below Threshold)
 I tried quite a few demo bikes with 29s and 27.5s but I ended up purchasing a 26inch again. I love my new Kona Operator. I'm sorry I don't get your pet rock reference.. something to do with fads? if that's the case I'm not following a fad.. I'm simply on my favorite sized wheels..
  • + 8
 cool story
  • + 4
 @cuban-b
Don't give them ideas!
  • + 1
 WHOOSH
  • - 2
 Ideas? We don't need no stinkin ideas! I am the decider:

www.pinkbike.com/photo/12077769
  • + 1
 so many new Wheel sizes and forks i will stay with my 180mm rockshox fork and my 26 Wheel, Big Grin
but something that really disturbs me is that i wasent born in Canada, Whistler! xD
  • + 25
 Part of the motivation has got to be how hard they work to try and keep Aline and Crank rideable throughout the summer. They get sooo beat up. Pushing more intermediates onto ALine has positives and negatives. It's already an autobahn. I narrowly avoided a major crash when some dude on his 29'er decided to leisurely roll the right-hand line under the drop at about 2 miles/hour.
I also like how he casually mentions "those progressing on Aline .. before they move on to Crabappple Hits"... that's a pretty big step.
  • + 6
 A Line gets ridden by way too many beginners as it is, just my two cents. Theres not being able clear a couple of the bigger features etc(which on your first few run throughs is understandable) and theres some of the complete joeys that roll every feature and pay no attention to the more advanced riders that are forced to give way and ruin a run down the hill. They are just a danger to them selves and other riders. Hopefully they will stick to crank it up more which shounds like a great idea
  • + 28
 Enduro bikes in the park - so hot right now
  • + 3
 Hansel is challenging Enduro bikes in the park to a walk off in an abandoned warehouse somewhere.
  • + 26
 The free orientation sessions are a good idea.Last time I went there I was a bit overwhelmed by the 10,000,000 trails.
  • + 2
 That´s a lot of trails o.0
What are those free orientation sessions?
  • + 0
 Free orientation sessions? What's this lol
  • + 3
 Scratch that, lol I didn't read
  • + 18
 I'm more stoked about the fact that more riders will be educated about which trails they should and shouldn't be on so you don't end up landing on riders on Dirt Merchant and A-Line.
  • + 1
 Now i saw it too. Sorry had no time to read the text.
  • + 3
 Naw man just lean back and send it
  • + 2
 Free Sessions?

Count me in.
  • + 25
 aline better not suck.
  • + 7
 Yep, the comments he made about aline have made me a bit nervous...
  • + 2
 Me too. Will post back here when i know how disappointed you should be.
  • + 3
 Let me know. I can't get his line out of my head "friendlier jumps"... Friendlier for who? It will be a sad day if we lose the poppy lips.
  • + 1
 i hear that man, will report back on opening day.
  • + 1
 sounds like a never shady way of saying all the lips are less steep and jumps are smaller.
  • + 1
 i heard most of the poppy lips are GONE.................... for better or worse i guess. oh and a sundeck entrance into a-line also i heard!!!!
  • + 2
 I think it will be a shame if they have done that. Intern it could mean a totally new and interesting aline ride. but I also think thats taking away alines identity. Frown
  • + 1
 @stacykohut Reliable source? I hope not. I guess we'll find out tomorrow when the opening day folks report back.

@kierz I guess that is one way to reduce traffic on aline... destroy its identity.
  • + 1
 got 3 days under the belt so far, and ya things have changed, but the changes I see kinda remind me of the old days(2003-2007) where the big features ain't so bmx influenced and more dh orientated.

anyway, blasting runs and going race speed fast all day long is still the main priority!!!!
  • + 16
 I wish Tresle and Keystone had this kind of commitment to their bike parks. Trails are always blown out because they don't design them correctly and don't spend the time to maintain them.It's really crazy how much higher the quality and commitment is at Whistler.
  • - 7
flag stacykohut (Apr 28, 2015 at 10:47) (Below Threshold)
 i'd sooner ride brake bumped out, semi natural trails any day.



make ya a deal, score me a p/t job at your local safeway, and i'll switch with ya......sound good?

i mean i live for riding the wbp and all, but one has to wonder just a wee bit where this trend is going...........

could this be why rogue trails on the lower mountain have been poppin up the past 3 years..........?
  • + 5
 @stacykohut a well made/maintained trail doesn't just mean a ubber groomed trails (though that's what they had in the vid for the most part). You can design trails with lots of surface variation that are sustainable. I'm just pointing out that at the above mentioned bike parks the trails that are supposed to be flowy rollers aren't taken care of so end up with mad brake bumps. I too would be sad if every trail was smoothed out into a flow trail but when its supposed to be a flow trail, it should flow, and when its technical, it should be technical because rocks, roots, logs etc, not brake bumps. But that's just my opinion.

Oh and here is your p/t job at a local safeway. www.indeed.com/rc/clk?jk=520acc4f570068ee

Cheers
  • + 1
 as I said above, for better or worse............
things have changed , some for the better, some seem to be just for the sake of change.

either way, the braking bumps will/ have returned and the ruff stuff is still there if ya look.

would love the American dollar right now though................safeway huh?
  • + 14
 Fully Torqued
  • + 4
 Better start crankin' down.
  • + 8
 AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! God I'm pysched...
  • + 4
 Collected the passes in the pouring rain yesterday. Was seriously worried that the trails will just get so washed out after not having snow to compact them down, then a few hours later, bright sun and everything is dry! Fingers crossed for a great opening and an even better season! The trail crews are doing some amazing work out there, so a big thanks to them!
  • + 6
 Big wheel evolution, what a laugh? Give us something to groom those brutal brake bumps instead! Snow cats work every night, think about it.
  • + 2
 That does make sense, thought it probably is a major pain in the ass to find a piece of machinery to do that :/ I'd assume they'd basically have to either scrape it and then grate it, or use something like a heavy roller/steam roller type of thing. Either thing would be such a pain to adapt to the varied trail widths, angles, etc. The snow cats just go back and forth, and they only do it on certain runs. That would be so phenomenal at the park, though. I've only been to Whistler once, but damn I remember those brake bumps!
  • + 3
 All I heard was bla bla bla these new trails are built for bigger wheels.... this has gone too far. Now all the little know it all's will be convinced that they must have 27.5 to optimize their whistled trip. Hopefully goats gully and the other nasty upper trails will still work with my tiny 26s.
  • + 7
 Some day, some day....
  • + 5
 Damn it i wish MONT SAINTE ANNE have a park manager like that.... we don't have a SINGLE jumps.
  • + 2
 WBP please educate riders to not stop in the middle of trails and block landings. Watch and listen for faster riders coming up behind you and get ready to pull over safely if you are getting passed.
  • + 2
 Their free orientation thing will be going over bike park etiquette, so that should help. That's assuming people use it.
  • + 2
 seems like a basic request.
  • + 3
 I was fully knocked out last year, from t-boning 3 stationary riders in the immediate path after the aline rock drop. they had ridden the ride around and then stopped in the trail before the gap jump after.

i feel like there should be an aline sized jump at the entrance to trail, with a sign saying "if your not comfortable clearing this feature, please refrain from riding this trail."

Sounds like aline as been toned down this year anyway, so maybe this wont be as much of a problem. hopefully it will at least keep people moving as opposed to stopping in dangerous places to assess a feature.

Personally I feel those abilities levels shouldn't be on aline with out a guide. I also think that the likes of crank it up should have much larger options ( half extended lips etc, side hits) to help the progression, not making easier options on more difficult trails, such as aline. Surely that encourages more less able riders who are not ready to ride such a trail. ?
  • + 2
 Completely agree kierz, entrance features and a couple mandatory gaps, nothing too crazy, would keep most who are not quite ready off the trail.
  • + 2
 brap.
  • + 1
 Had a look at the new trail map today. There's been some regrading of trails. Devils Club is now a black, Dirt Merchant has been moved up to double black. They've also included a progression grading of easiest to hardest within the difficulty levels. It will be interesting to see how this affects the trail traffic. A good idea on paper though.
  • + 1
 Dirt Merchant is now double black... is that just a relabeling or did they actually make changes to it? I haven't heard of any changes... I guess we find out tomorrow.
  • + 4
 Can I make out of this video That the giant reign 2015 is a capable park bike? Actually looking for a pedally heavy hitterSmile
  • + 3
 I can confirm that the new Reign is awesome in the bike park!
  • + 3
 I rode my 2015 reign in the park while my dh bike was in the shop. It's a very capable bike, rides like a big bike, it's long and slack.
  • + 3
 Thats a great choice! Lighter than you'd think too!
  • - 3
 looks like the orange one is debadged, wonder why since Giant is mentioned in the credits anyway, not a different brand...
  • + 3
 I ride my '09 reign x1 in the park regular, I've ridden everything in the park apart from Crabapple, it's never let me down.
  • + 2
 I just wonder how much Giant paid for that little bit of product placement...
  • + 3
 Mine's 27.8LBS with light wheels and sturdy AM tyres on, 30LBS bang on with Dual PLy High roller 3c.
It rails rowdy DH on my Dh wheelset, and climbs great in "do it all mode"

What's not to love!?
  • + 5
 @brianl

It's not debadged, that's how they come from the factory.
  • + 4
 Heaven. See you next weekend!
  • + 1
 I'm guessing the evolution is sparked by the wc-dh low, fast, scrub, lateral approach rather than the dj, longitudinal, this take off is gna shoot me to the stars style.
  • + 3
 I don't get to go this year and it's killing me!! Most fun I've ever had.
  • + 1
 Same
  • + 2
 4 months until I arrive for this years visit.. can't take the wait anymore...
  • + 3
 Sweet ! New trails means new silly gaps.
  • + 1
 Can't wait for next weekend! The stoke levels are rising, and this video makes them even higher.
  • + 3
 Reign rocks!
  • + 2
 Can't wait to ride Crank It Up More in August! Hope it's all done by then!
  • + 1
 yyeeeaaahhhh Back To The Futur !!!!! finally!!!!
  • + 0
 a little bit of pee is coming out of me right now I'm there May 18th!!!
  • + 1
 See you in July!
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