Whistler Bike Park: Birthdays - Park Report

Jun 30, 2017 at 11:46
by WhistlerMountain BikePark  
Birthdays are like opinions, egos, and the other things, everyone has one and some are bigger than others. This week Canada celebrates its 150th year as a Nation which is nifty, especially because we have trees that are older than that. I love Canada, especially the mountains, rivers and wildlife we sometimes take for granted. There were many people here 151 years ago and those long before who also deserve to be celebrated. I tip my hat in respect for being allowed to share their ancestral lands. “Kukwstumckalap!”

Another birthday of note this week is the ubiquitous iPhone, which turns ten. I was an early adopter and have the same chemical dependency on the device as most of the modern world. There is something about having phone, camera, photo albums, video camera, movies, television, GPS, gaming console, dictionary, world encyclopedia, calculator, music library, maps of the entire planet, and mailbox in the palm of your hand that is remarkable since none of those things existed 150 years ago and would have required a truck to carry around (with a very long extension cord) a scant 25 years ago.

Whistler Bike Park Birthdays - Park Report

The better commute to the Park.

While milestone birthdays are exciting to celebrate there is perhaps nothing more exciting than celebrating a new birth. A birth-day is the celebration of potential, the smell of something new and the excitement of sharing your world with something for the first time. This weekend we are celebrating the birth of a new trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. We are proud to announce the birth of a bouncing baby blue trail whom we have bestowed the name “Blueberry Bathtub”. Blueberry is a 2km, berm-fest jaunt, through the forest off of Expressway (just below the merge from Little Alder) in the Garbo Zone linking riders with the top of Fitz Zone. This fresh trail is the perfect way to commute to the classic zones of the Park after taking the Creekside Gondola up from the last bastion of free parking in town.

For anyone who missed that plug, pay-parking in all village day lots kicks in after 150 years of free-ness so make the wise choice and park south of town.

The Garbanzo Zone is now 95% open with the odd section of trail closed for repairs. The Trail Crew are now heavy into the rebuild of D1 which can be previewed by riding Too Tight and pulling off the trail to sneak a peek at the new 12 hit Proline upgrade of this trail. When we blow out the candles on the rebirth of this bad boy it will be to the tune of some rowdy AC/DC because this thing will be legit.

Oh, and the new Family Cross, through the Joyride course is also opening today. Do we call it a birthday? You decide.

Happy Birthdays, see you in the Park.

Brian Finestone – Bike Park Manager

WMBP 2017


  • 13 0
 Stoked for trying Blueberry Bathtub but paying to park sucks.
  • 2 0
 ^ This x 100!
  • 8 0
 The 150 birthday is same day as the funeral of free parking in the village. This is the day the music died. I can see myself drunk on a bike going back to creekside to the car. On a not as a driver.
  • 7 0
 Whistler can suck it, pay parking means no go bye bye chumps.
  • 5 0
 Shame about free parking being taken away. ????
  • 3 0
 When you can take advantage of a situation, persay Whistler, suck every last cent out of everybody that will pay for it. They will keep sucking too....
  • 3 0
 Slow Clap for Whistler! Canada 150 is great, Turtle Island 13,000 is even better.
  • 3 1
 They need a trail from the top of the fitz zone to Creekside! Then lots of people would park there.
  • 3 4
 I would have gone to whistler and spent lots of doe but everytime i feel inclined i remember the undeserved parking ticket they gave me after i droped a bundle of cash there. Now the collection people hassle me and im determined to never give them another cent. All the good work done by the park crew undemined by greedy whistler muni. Smart move on the parking penalties. Go suck it whistler
  • 1 0
 So even locals have to pay for parking in the village? Is there a special pass for people who live in Whistler?
  • 3 0
 You can buy a $30 monthly parking pass (they might be sold out now), so $1 a day if you're so inclined.

Anyways, this isn't a WB thing, it's a Whistler Municipality thing. Seeing as how many people are willingly sitting in a traffic jam from Function to the Village for an hour on Friday's, I suspect parking prices will only be going up for the foreseeable future.
  • 1 0
 Man that new pro line will be lit af
  • 1 0
 Is there actually anywhere on too tight to "pull off the trail to sneak a peek" without getting slammed from behind?
  • 5 0
 @squishbiker: Very few people ride it. I stopped many times today to have a look at D1 and it's looking great. Just be in the right gear to get going again if you hear someone coming.

BTW, Too Tight 2017 is very different from Too Tight 2016.
  • 1 0
 When you say park south of town, where is this?
  • 1 0

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