PRESS RELEASE: Whistler Mountain Bike Park
With the clock winding down on opening day, the Whistler Trail Crew are eagerly anticipating the big reveal.
We’ve waited a little longer to put rubber to dirt this year and we know there are some questions. First off, Whistler Blackcomb has outlined its new COVID-19 Safety Protocols here
. Before you head for the hill, you will want to:
1) Pre-purchase your ticket
online to save time in socially distanced lineups.
2) Bring your face mask or buff to cover your nose and mouth in lines, on lifts, and in buildings.
3) Prepare to roll without cash, we’re now a debit or credit environment to go touchless.
A month of wet weather and attention to detail from the one and only trail crew have left us with some clean, tacky berms and both tech and flow as smooth as they will be all season. Hand crews have been working since early May raking, repairing and reshaping our terrain to get it in prime condition—and it is ready.
This is a unique season and we’ve focused our attention on ensuring there is something for every level of rider—but it will look different. You will see riders and staff in masks, we are practicing social distancing and our footprint is somewhat reduced as we ease back into business. Our return to lift-accessed mountain biking is always exciting, but as in any other year we want you to ride like there’s a tomorrow.
The park will open with the Fitz and Garbanzo lifts turning. Up in Garbo, the crew dug a heavy spring snowfall, which has largely melted out to leave us with a good complement of trails for day one. The big news in Fitz is the rebuild of Upper Crank It Up we worked on throughout last fall is finally ready for its big reveal. We’ve got some new dirt in there, and it’s riding great, so you’ll want to check it out.
We’re also ready for the inaugural ride of the new Weasel Juice Extension below Una Moss. This was a full season in the making, so we are pretty thrilled you’ll all be in there soon.
When you arrive, you will notice we have put our attention toward the more commonly ridden trails, and our highest traffic areas. As we move further into British Columbia’s Phase 3 Restart Plan, we do intend to build out a more robust product. For now, let’s ride with every rider in the park in mind and take a moment to reconnect as a community.