Video: Ride Whistler Like A Local

May 29, 2014
by Max Berkowitz  
Views: 102,974    Faves: 1,148    Comments: 69


Everyone knows and loves the Whistler Bike Park. But aside from some savvy tourists, and Sea to Sky locals, Whistler's Valley trails can sometimes be forgotten alongside the bike park. However, any local rider worth their salt knows that the best trails in Whistler aren't accessed by a chairlift. Hoping to showcase the lesser known side of Whistler, I linked up with Rocky Mountain - Urge bp Rally Team rider Jesse Melamed to shoot some Westside favourites. With Jesse knowing these trails like the back of his hand, filming was a breeze, and it was great to see one of Canada's top enduro athletes make rocky gnarl look smooth and fast. Born and raised in Whistler, Jesse has been on a tear since his 6th place at last year's Crankworks EWS race, and is on track to winning the Sea to Sky Enduro Series this year. This weekend, Jesse is flying out to Scotland to race the 2nd stop of the EWS, at the Tweedlove Festival, and he will be competing in the rest of the Enduro World Series as well.

Jesse Melamed hard on the pedals while filming for Whistler With A Local


Video and Photo by Max Berkowitz Visual // @maxberkowitzvisual
Riding: @jessemelamed





111 Comments

  • + 86
 Well... I just break with my wife, took all the money out of our bank account and bought flight tickets to canada.
  • + 6
 dreaming! haha
  • + 12
 and what about the French Alps ? Smile that's very nice too, and closer Big Grin
  • + 29
 Maybe, but it just aint Canada!
  • + 8
 Now you can marry your bike!
  • + 3
 rocky mountain doing a great job with those bikes, they definitely look fast and fun!
  • + 6
 "and what about the French Alps ? Smile that's very nice too, and closer"

But lacks excuse to break with wife.......
  • + 1
 Rode this trail the other day and it was super hairy. This guy makes it looks so easy! He hauls down some of the gnarliest stuff in all of whistler! The trail he's on is part of a rockwork orange and part of korova milk bar. You can hit those two trails down to wizard burial ground and it leads you right down to the village. EPIC RIDE!
  • + 56
 Sick to see some trails other than the bikepark
  • + 22
 Seriously, very happy to see this vid. Last summer drove up to Whistler and never rode the bike park, only the trails in the surrounding area and it was unreal the quality and quantity of the trails... it was like a techy XC ride then it'd turn into a steep, rocky, bulging rock faces, rooty goodness. Every trail was the best trail I've ever ridden and the coolest part were the really old freeride elevations and features right off the side of some of the trails. They looked maniacal. It was the Disney Land of mtbing.
  • + 6
 I just got back from doing exactly that the other day. Phenomenal riding and never once paid for a lift ticket. There's other places in BC and even AB where youcan find trails as good or better, but there's such a concentration and such easy access in Whis that it really is mtb Disneyland. Crowded touristy gong show included unfortunately, but hey, that's Whistler. All those people are there for a reason.
  • + 3
 Stop it, you're making me jealous!
  • + 1
 Do you have to buy any kind of $5 trail pass or something to ride these?
  • + 1
 twozerosix- Nah not any in the area. They don't seem to be a part of that kind of trail system/recreational park but donations to the local trail workers never hurts as well Wink
  • + 1
 Sick, I'm going Friday, will get the map as well. Thanks Scott.
  • + 1
 We rode A River Runs Through It. It kicked our asses. We were sitting by the feature where you pedal through a tree (no sh*t) and bitching when some local 50 year old guy came thru with his dog. He had the trail dialed and didn't skip a beat. I wish that trail was in my area, it was awesome.
  • + 1
 haha, hell yeah that whole area is like an amusement park ride. Did you ride the tree that crosses above the trail? That'll get you puckered up.
  • + 1
 You mean the fallen tree log that was like 150 feet long and labeled a double black? No fricken way. Place was insane. I was on clipless pedals as well, that was a mistake. I liked the little downhill part with the skinny boner logs pointing out of the trail that were supposed to be jumps. Bad ass trail.
  • + 1
 Yes I believe so! That little bit and the other short downhill parts were so much fun- much more flow than you'd think and I know exactly how you feel. Riding some of that with clipless was way too nerve-racking. Hopefully you got to explore all the trails in the "base area", just like an amusement park.
  • + 32
 Now that's a mountian bike trail that I would like to ride. Rocks, boulders , roots holy crap everything but the kitchen sink. Not that I'm against man made features but I liked the fact that there was none, all natural flow! Awesome!!!
  • + 14
 Fuck yeah mountain biking! Pedal your bike and go explore the mountain, no matter what the terrain and no matter if going up or down.
  • + 6
 DREAM trail.
  • + 15
 Always nice to see stuff like this being ridden and not just over-manicured smooth trails to look fast for the camera. Awesome!
  • + 2
 agree. coz this is what riding is for the most of us.
  • + 2
 I am a professional trailbuilder. I buff trails all the time. I am baffled by the fairly constant complaint about "buffed, smooth, etc., etc." trails which is in complete opposition to many of the same riders insisting on riding bigger wheel sizes for easier riding, better brakes for easier riding, better suspension for easier riding, carbon fibre for easier riding and the list can go on for awhile. I personally love the technology available on bikes today, which i feel enhances the experience on any given trail. But back to the buffing. If buffing is wrong, then why for example, do trails of every level of difficulty have the same problem associated with many rocks and roots. The trail widens to varying degrees, every time there is an "obstacle". When i see these sections i see a problem that needs to be dealt with, ie., buffed! I simply remove the offending rock or root, or sometimes a hole that has gone from a mild challenge to simple trail degradation. My intention is always the same in this regard, how do i keep the single track a single track? If the rock or root is part of the original feature of the trail then it stays, and if the object is just a byproduct of wear and tear on a well used trail and just adds to widening(in this example) of the trail then it is no longer adding to the trail but taking away from it. Certainly in the end i will agree my opinions on this subject are just that, my opinions. Cheers.
  • + 1
 Bit of a late reply, but the intention behind my comment was not a complaint about buffed trails but rather about the fact that the vast majority of all edits are just smooth trails and jumps. It's nice to see some techy trails being ridden for a change so you can actually pick up a thing or two about riding rather than watch it purely for its entertainment value.
  • + 6
 Arriving Whistler on July 23. This video made my day. I'm only have a Specialized Enduro so I'm looking forward to these more natural trails in the valley. Anyone who wants to join me is welcome! I have also downloaded the Northwest Topos map for my Garmin, seems to have tons of trails. Anyone can tell me if there is an even better map? Thanks!
  • + 1
 Search trailmapps in the android store or app store if you have one of those phones. trailmapps.com/index.asp
  • + 5
 Pitch in to the local effort and buy a WORCA trail map (www.worca.com/trail-map). $10, with $3 going direct to trail maintenance. These are the guys and gals making it happen!
  • + 1
 Hey! Vamos andar por la.. Vou estar la d junha ate final d agosto!!
  • + 6
 Nicely shot video Max. Nicely ridden Jesse. That was a nice combination of trails all over the valley - that never really got boring. A shout out to all the Whistler builders new and old who make these trails happen. Worca.com for the location of your local trail fairies.
  • + 2
 Agreed Lee! Dan was stoked we were using his trails, hopefully he likes the edit!
  • + 3
 I giggled through the whole thing! Way to shred buddy!
  • + 2
 Glad to hear it! how'd you like the section at 0:58? Don't think I'll ever come close to riding that section that fast again.
  • + 1
 Dan is the man! Those trails rule. Jesse you're making me very, very jealous! Props to worca and pvta.
  • + 1
 I was gonna comment on the speed at 58secs, and at 1:20, just taping down that was nuts. If it's the section I'm thinking of on Rockwork.
  • + 1
 Rode all of those trails up there yesterday with some buddies from cali. Amazing work by the builder, and Jesse - insane how fast you rip through there. Almost met my maker at 1:15 ha.
  • + 7
 WHYYYYY!?! Why Pinkbike must you remind me almost every day that I live on the other side of a continent where THIS type of trails and awesomeness exist...?

Lol, sweet edit though, and great riding.
  • + 5
 At least you live in the same continent Frown
  • + 5
 Sick riding and sick video! Simple and straightforward, no fancy effects/slomo and makes me pumped to ride. I would consider the riding to be almost more on the DH/freeride end of the spectrum with the gnarly drops and uneven terrain, but does the half shell keep things enduro? Where does the lack of goggles fit in? Clearly this guy doesn't shred and is not a top enduro athlete.


Just kidding of course Smile
  • + 7
 All I could focus on was how good that FOX fork seemed to be working. Riding high and looking plush!
  • + 2
 Same thing here. But I watched it a second time to enjoy this amazing trail.
  • + 5
 The trails outside of the parks often seem better, more natural, more wilderness.
  • + 4
 I love watching good riders crush their local trails. It's like they're on auto-pilot, always thinking 3 turns ahead and leaning ever so perfectly into blind hucks.
  • + 6
 Nice, i wish i was a local Smile
  • + 1
 me too.
  • + 4
 How easy are these trails to find?? Bringing the little bike over this time to ride some sick trails like this one.
  • + 6
 easy. there's a guide book. and tons of shops that are happy to point you in the right direction. you will not be dissapointed! and don't forget to look into Squamish and Pemberton too... the sea to sky is riddled with mind blowing trails for the little bike...
  • + 2
 mate after my dh bike got pinched all I did one season was trail riding. They are super easy to find, well sign posted. Get a little book called 'Whistler Mountain Biking: A guide to track rides in the whistler valley". Still got mine on the shelf. Makes me super pumped to see this stuff. To borrow a winter term, you earn you turns for sure!
  • + 3
 Get the bike app for whistler! Some of the best trails are not in the bike park! Check out business time, Yummy numby, Golden Boner, and hit the westside!
  • + 2
 Already posted above, but help out the locals who build this great stuff and buy a WORCA trail map (www.worca.com/trail-map)!
  • + 1
 bring bug spray, we got ate alive. seriously 5 or ten minutes from the village you will find awesome trails.
  • + 1
 Sick riding and great filming. Finally a f*ckin A+ video. As nice as this trail is, I feel like there are dozens like it or better within a couple hours drive of vancouver, excluding the shore!
  • + 1
 I've never seen someone ride so nimble and so lightly, its like he's skipping over the rocks, just barely grazing the surface yet 110% hauling ass. Totally believable, but HOW?! My god... props, this rider is savage.
  • + 1
 Any idea what trails were used in this? I will be up there in July for five days, just seeing if I should add/drop any off my plan.
  • + 2
 Not sure if these are included in the video up definitely hit up Kill me Thrill Me, Comfortably Numb (all day ride), A River Runs Through It (classic elevation riding, some very challenging stuff there to play around on), Catch Scratch Fever to Mandatory Suicide... there are others but I can't remember them all, including the ones that line the highway into Pemby. Had to look up a map just to remember all those, haha.
  • + 1
 Thanks Scott, that is pretty much my list! I guess they have been the standard over the years, just not sure if some new trails have come about.
  • + 1
 What Scott said, but also check out Westside trails, a good fun route I love is Piece of Cake to A la Mode climbing, then ride the flank descent into 99er. Climb up the road a bit and drop into Danimal Dh. I totally recommend joining a toonie ride if the timing works, take a look at the WORCA website.
  • + 1
 Thanks Max!
  • + 2
 I think I saw pieces of the Westside trails like High Society, Pura Vida, Rockwork Orange and Korova Milk Bar. All accessed off of Rainbow-Sproat Flank trail.
  • + 1
 Duncan's (its business time!) Is an awesome trail good flow and few interesting bits highly recommend it its a bit out of the main village but worth it!
  • + 2
 But truely incredible trails over in whistler! We can only dream of that here in Holland. THE flattest place on earth :-((
  • + 1
 what rad lil movie!! first one thats made me wana ride me trail bike!! come on weekend hurry up one more sleep hahaha nice work by rider,flim maker awesome!!!
  • + 2
 Nice! As many times as I've been to Whistler, I was never able to do the AM trails... Gotta make it happen...
  • + 3
 Killing it Jesse!!
  • + 2
 Great seeing rocky Mountain all up in this vid!!!
  • + 2
 Nice , smooth rider , no wasted energy
  • + 1
 Great to see our backyard trails looking so fine and Jesse's riding looking tight!
  • + 1
 Real nice vid and riding. Heading up to get me a little of that this weekend.
  • + 1
 awesome video, makes me want to hop in the car and ride some sweet whistler trails!
  • + 1
 @carloramigo Some of these trails are only a year or two old that he is riding in....New in the fall of 2012
  • + 1
 Where do these guys get their water? I just never seen bottles or packs in the videos... interesting.
  • + 1
 Some guys just drink a bunch before heading up. There are a lot of parks with fountains near most of these trails. And if you ride as fast as Jesse you are only out for an hour max. Sometimes I bring a half liter of water in a water bag and drink it all up by the top and stuff it in my pocket.
  • + 3
 Jesse was running an Evoc pack, just took it off for shots.
  • + 1
 The ride needs to be more than an hour to qualify for the water penaltySmile
  • + 1
 It's a video shoot. They have a crew.
  • + 1
 Cool beans. I appreciate the humor ^^ trails. That was pretty good.
  • + 6
 If by crew you mean me and jesse, then yes, we have a crew.
  • + 1
 vid makes me wanna ride expresso for some reason; video is awesome... cant stop noticing the fork too..
  • + 1
 sick riding jesse one of the best local edits I've seen in a long time showing off our awesome trails
  • + 1
 It is nice to see some uphill efforts mixed in with his edit. Good riding and nice trail.
  • + 1
 Wow, incredible riding! Whistler trails out of the park are worth the trip alone.. Is he on an Altitude?
  • + 5
 Yessir! Altitude Rally Edition. Trail weapon!
  • + 1
 Sick riding, Jesse! You make us Altitude owners proud.
  • + 2
 Is iT just me or is that fork hardly working? Gotta love those 36's
  • + 1
 Bill screwed me to go to Whistler everyone knows Bill little stalker wanting our money!
  • + 2
 awesome video !

What camera do you use ?
  • + 2
 And why do I still own a DH bike.
  • + 4
 Living in Whistler for 19 years. I was one of the first few on the first day of the bike park on day one. Rode it for years! Now I only own a "freeride""enduro""all-mountain" bike. Enough trails to keep me going in the valley and get the heart pumping. Plus there are trails in the park that on occasion wont totally eat up my bike. Go ride Hey Bud or Cheap Thrills in the rain on a "small bike" that will give the park a run for its money.
  • + 1
 my DH bike broke and had to wait almost 3 weeks for a part to be sent in while i was in whistler. So i rode "every" trail in the bikepark on my steel framed/rim brake hard tail/dj bike. Was some of the best fun i had in whistler. plus that time gave the me excise to go explore most of the trails around whistler. you don't need a dh bike for whistler!
  • + 1
 F### me readers that looked an amazing trail, I've got to go and get a slice of that pie one day.
  • + 1
 another sick film Max! keep it up brah, im lovin it
  • + 1
 anyone remember the "I ONLY RIDE PARK" song?
  • + 1
 Nice ! What's the song please ?
  • + 3
 Ki:theory, open wound (Odesza remix)
  • + 1
 Dreaming of whistler roll on the 6th of september
  • + 1
 sick video....itching to hit my local trails now
  • + 1
 Add to Favourites speed record broken.
  • + 1
 this has gotta be VOD soon.
  • + 1
 natural trails are the best!!
  • + 1
 can't....stop...watching....
  • + 1
 Great trail! North Shore has so much to offer!!!! www.threepeakshuttle.com
  • + 1
 he's quick
  • + 1
 Made my day!
  • + 0
 That's real mountain biking ! ( or enduro ? Wink )
  • + 1
 amizing trail
  • + 1
 pretty bananas
  • + 1
 Dust?!?!?
  • - 2
 No offense but living somewhere all your life is pretty clear you know the whole area on the back of your hand.
  • + 3
 I'm just jealous.
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