Whistler Bike Park Updates - Crack Addict

Aug 31, 2015 at 9:56
by WhistlerMountain BikePark  
Whistler Mountain Bike Park Updates

Crack Addict is one of the longest standing trails in the Whistler Bike Park. Built in 1998 and originally called “POLP”, builder and former Bike Park trail boss Dave Kelly says, “it stood for People Of Lesser Pride because we lowered our seat posts at the top of steep trails such as 19th hole, etc. Traditionalists made fun of us that we had to lower our seats to ride the trails. We didn't care, it was way more fun to have a low seat.”

Fresh rebuild on this old school classic.
The view from the top. Choose your own line with this freshly rebuilt bridge feature

Crack Addict was made because there weren’t any difficult options at that elevation. I cut some branches, nailed some bridges together and we started to ride it in” says Kelly. Not ashamed of its nontraditional DH style, Kelly and company rode the trail in secret for two years before someone noticed the entrance and it started to become popular. “I'm not quite sure who named it "Crack Addict" but one day around 2000 a small wooden hand painted sign showed up nailed to a tree.

Fresh rebuild on this old school classic.
Old school remains but is now modernized

A decade and a half of time and traffic took its toll on the wooden structures rendering them virtually unrideable by 2013 and many of the stunts were closed. In 2015 it was decided a refresh was needed on this Bike Park classic but the flavor of the trail needed to be preserved. Bike Park carpenter John Blair took up the challenge and has done an amazing job of keeping the original vibe intact while bringing the stunts to a modern build spec. The line still has multiple options and all of the original commitment, but flows like it did when Kelly cut the first incarnation over fifteen years ago.

Fresh rebuild on this old school classic.
Crack Addict is now open for advanced riders wanting a blast from the past.

Fresh rebuild on this old school classic.
The stump bridge back in action

Looking to ride the Park this fall? The unlimited Fall Season Pass is now available. Ride every day with no restrictions from September 1 - October 12 for only $255. That is a total of 42 days of riding.

Already have a 10 Day, 5 Day, Twilight, or Top of the World pass? You can add the unlimited Fall Season Pass for only $199.

Full details and to purchase here.

The last day to ride past 5pm this season is Monday September 7. Starting September 8, the Bike Park continues to be open daily but from 10am - 5pm. Garbanzo Express will start to operate only on weekends until the end of the season but access to the Garbo Zone will be via the Whistler Village Gondola Monday to Friday.

See full operating times here.

Groms on the lift
These riders are stoked! Who is joining them?

Photos by: Logan Swayze / Coast Mountain Photography
Words by: Brian Finestone / Whistler Mountain Bike Park Manager / @WhistlerMountainBikePark

Whistler Bike Park


  • 33 2
 I love it! Keep those old school bridges and wood features!
  • 2 0
 +1 love it all !
  • 1 0
 Fuck that stump bridge though. That thing will mangle Ya!
  • 6 0
 Cool to hear the history of the trail. Definitely hitting it up next time I'm up there, bridges look fun!
  • 4 0
 Im happy to see that the woodwork and technical difficulty haven't been removed. Id like to see a picture from below the ladder and drop looking up. I guess I'll just have to see it for myself this weekend
  • 4 0
 Great trail. Too bad extended play is ending. Sure would be nice to stagger the hours back say to perhaps 630. 5 is just too early.
  • 3 0
 To be upset that whistler is closing when you have squamish, pemberton, the north shore and so many other destinations in the lower mainland shows us just how lucky we are to live in this part of the world.
  • 4 0
 Maybe whistler is reading these.........please extend the stand. hours, not 5....., maybe 6:30 ??
  • 2 0
 Sorry! We aren't able to keep the park open past 5pm during this time. Not to say that will be forever though.

We have updated the Garbo operating schedule though which is better. Check it out:
Sept 8 - 20
Access Whistler Village Gondola from 10am - 4:30pm
Access Garbanzo Express chair from 11am - 4pm

Sept 21 - Oct 12
Weekdays via Garbanzo Express chair from 11am - 4pm
Weeneds via Whistler Village Gondola from 10am - 4pm
  • 5 1
 More extended play! why not 7 for another week or two? c'mon Whistler
  • 1 0
 Nicely done WB! Great to see a bit of history improved and preserved at the same time.
  • 1 0
 never knew I was addicted
  • 1 0
 Looking good. Nice to see that one get refurbished. Great trail.
  • 1 0
 I rode it a month ago it was root heaven haha
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