Whistler Bike Park Set to Open on June 29

Jun 18, 2020 at 8:15
by Daniel Sapp  
Thomas Lemoine with a big ol whip during the mega train.


Get ready, it's the news many have been waiting for - Whistler will be opening up for the summer season on June 29th according to the below press release issued today. This is subject to provincial alignment and progress toward the BC Restart Plan, Phase 3. The resort shared operating plans, as well as its commitment to safety, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It will open with a limited summer footprint focusing on sightseeing and mountain biking. The Whistler Village Gondola, Peak 2 Peak Gondola, and Blackcomb Gondola will bring hikers and sightseeing guests up the mountains, and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open with the Fitz and Garbanzo zones. Grab ‘n’ go food options will also be available at the Rendezvous, Garbanzo Bike and Bean, and the Roundhouse Lodge.

As a part of Vail Resorts’ commitment to safety, the Company is establishing certain guidelines across all of its resorts and properties in North America, which include physical distancing protocols, face-covering requirements, enhanced cleaning measures, employee health screenings and safety training, cashless transactions, and revisions to regularly offered programs and services. Each resort and property have enacted a unique operating plan that aligns with these guidelines and was developed in consultation with state and local health officials. Similar to the Skier Responsibility Code, Vail Resorts asks guests and employees to take on a new level of personal accountability to ensure the safety of its mountain communities.

“Whistler is a special place for all of British Columbia and we are excited to welcome guests back to our community, to the mountains and lifestyle we are known for around the world,” said Geoff Buchheister, Whistler Blackcomb chief operating officer. “We are lucky this environment lends itself to physical distancing, so we can enjoy a safe, healthy space to recreate, but we also do know we must proceed with caution. This resort is very proud to be a part of a province that has succeeded so thoroughly in flattening its COVID-19 curve. We ask our guests to continue to be vigilant and to ensure the experience is safe for every guest and employee by following all of our new guidelines. As summer progresses, we look forward to being able to safely open more activities on the mountain.”

Vail Resorts' Commitment to Safety:
Vail Resorts has reimagined the resort experience to further prioritize the health and safety of its employees and guests in response to COVID-19. In addition to complying with local orders, the Company is enforcing its own safety measures to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the mountains this summer. Safety has always been one of the Company’s core values and the new procedures and protocols being implemented have the safety of employees, guests, and communities in mind. Protocols include:

Physical Distancing:

• On mountain, the resorts’ vast outdoor settings make physical distancing easy. But in the base areas, and other locations where it is more difficult to do so, we will have signage and decals to ensure guests remain six feet (two meters) apart.  
• Guests will be required to wear face coverings in certain areas. This includes in lines, when loading and unloading chairlifts, when loading and riding in gondolas or bubble chairs, on activities such as an alpine slide or mountain coaster, and in indoor resort facilities. Guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own face coverings, but resorts will have them available upon request, subject to availability. Employees will be required to wear face coverings at all times.
• Plexiglass barriers have been installed in areas where physical distancing measures are not possible, including at points of purchase.
• Capacity of lifts and gondolas will be reduced to allow for physical distancing. Guests will only be allowed on lifts and gondolas with travelers in their party. 
• Employees may limit the number of guests in any area of the resort to ensure proper physical distancing (e.g. indoor spaces, parking lots, common spaces, etc.).

Employee Protocols & Training:

• All employees are required to wear a face-covering and follow the Company’s safety protocols and procedures at all times, including regular hand washing and use of PPG.
• Employees will undergo daily health screenings and receive appropriate training to ensure safety.
• Employees are required to stay home if sick.

Guest Expectations:

•Guests are asked to stay home if they are sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
•Guests will be required to wear face coverings in certain areas. This includes in lines, when loading and unloading chairlifts, when loading and riding in gondolas or bubble chairs, on activities such as an alpine slide or mountain coaster, and in indoor resort facilities. Guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own face coverings, but resorts will have them available upon request, subject to availability. Guests who are unwilling to comply with this safety requirement will not be permitted to participate in the experience.
•All guests are expected to comply with physical distancing guidelines outlined by public health as well as resort signage or as directed by resort employees.  

Enhanced Cleaning & Sanitization:

• High-touch surfaces will be frequently cleaned and disinfected with EPA-approved products that kill the COVID-19 virus.
• Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will take place daily in our gondola cabins, frequently throughout the day in our public restrooms and after each use on our alpine slide and mountain coaster carts.
• Hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout the resort. Frequent handwashing is required of employees.
• All transactions for lift and gondola rides, mountain activities, on-mountain dining as well as at the Company’s lodging, retail and rental outlets will be cashless.

Hospitality & Lodging:

• Guests will be asked to maintain physical distancing guidelines and use face coverings when in common areas.   
• One guest per family will be allowed to enter the lobby for check-in/out.
• Credit/debit card transactions will be encouraged.
• Room keys will be cleaned and disinfected before they are placed into guest packets.   

Dining Facilities: 

• To ensure physical distancing, dining facilities will run at reduced capacity with updated floor plans in common areas. Outdoor seating will be available.  
• On-mountain dining will only offer grab ‘n go food and all transactions will be cashless.

Vail Resorts will continue to review and update our policies to adhere to the most up-to-date practices to keep employees and guests safe. Opening dates and activities at Vail Resorts’ other North American resorts can be found here.


  • 171 38
 Stoked! And even happier the borders are still closed!
  • 53 11
 Angry Americans giving you downvotes.

Can you imagine the lines otherwise? They're going to be awful regardless!
  • 16 2
 Seriously. As one of those people stuck in American who was hoping to make a summer trip to Whistler (and a few other places in BC), if I was north of the border, I'd make it my mission to spend as much time at Whistler as possible between their opening day, and when the borders reopen (right now late-July at the soonest).

Will be interesting to see how much bike-park traffic is down this summer with a Canadians-only (at least partial) season.
  • 7 3
 @atourgates: I'm due for what would have been Crankworx time frame. Really hoping the borders stay closed just for the lack of traffic.
  • 10 0
 Well I think it'll still be fucked for lines even with reduced capacity. Every solo rider takes up a whole chair. Even on comparatively non-busy days, it's still gunna be wild. Our local pedal trails have been pretty swamped for people, the lots fill even mid week. Everyone's out riding and I can't imagine that Whistler is going to be any less busy.
  • 8 1
 @j-t-g: don't care, still going.
  • 12 9
 Sucks for us in Bellingham who have been pretty good about social distancing and have low numbers compared to the rest of the States. Guess I'll just have to pedal a bit more than I like this summer
  • 8 0
 @nw-rhb: I feel for you. For once, the insanely high cost of living in British Columbia has paid off. Who knew?
  • 3 0
 @nw-rhb: time to break out the trail bike!
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 @atourgates: *stuck* in America?? you're sounding pretty ungrateful right now, you've got the whole of the US to ride? There's an endless amount of amazing riding in the states.
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 @JamesGTi: Ha! Totally fair. There are definitely worse places to be stuck for a summer.

We’re just a couple hours from great riding in BC, and usually make a couple trips up there every summer, and were planning a Whistler trip too.

Still, this would be a great summer to explore some riding on the East side of the Cascades, and Bellingham, that I keep meaning to get to but still haven’t.
  • 2 0
 @jomacba: f*ckin rights
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 @atourgates: My bud just got back from riding at Silver Mountain in Idaho. Says its as good as anything in BC and he wants to move there now.
  • 10 0
 @hamncheez: Having ridden both for many years (opening weekend in Silver, heading there this weekend as well), I will respectfully disagree with your buddy. It's a fun mountain no doubt, but no where near what BC has to offer.
  • 10 12
 Keep them closed until next year. Tons still coming over with the bullshit excuse of saying they are traveling to Alaska.
  • 3 0
 You got Galbraith! So jealous @nw-rhb:
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 @JamesGTi: I think he meant to sound ungreatful. Its the us
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez: Silver Mtn is definitely fun and worth hitting but "as good as anything in BC" is a wild over statement. The main reasons to go to Silver Mtn in Idaho is if you live relatively close or because they really work hard to extend their season from May till October.
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: I rode there to compete in the NW Cup. It was a very fun mountain, but is quite different to a lot of riding I have done here in BC. I remember the incredibly dry and slippery moondust on many of the trails. Boy that was fun (and challenging), but I am still to this day getting some of that dust out of my DH bike's frame pivot joints Smile
  • 2 0
 @JamesGTi: Very true, this should be good for many of our bike parks that compete with Whistler, and have great trails.
  • 4 0
 Totes. I'd feel the same way if I were you. I'm bummed they're closed, but how things are being handled here in the states, especially here in WA with the MTB community, I wouldn't be surprised if were got another month extension of the border being closed.
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 @N-a-t-h: Early season is where it's at in Kellogg, if you go later in the season once it dries up you're spot on. I used to bring the DH bike there, last trip I only brought the trail bike and found it almost more enjoyable (especially for the pedal back to the gondola!). I think this weekend I'm going to bring both as I rebuilt my Jade and Emerald on the DH rig and want to give it a test run make sure everything's in proper order.
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 @AnimationNathan: "but how things are being handled here in the states, especially here in WA..."
Not sure I completely agree with the second part of that statement. Although WA started with the issue, we quickly went into lockdown. I've been lucky enough to work from home since this all started. The state quickly moved down in the list and has some of the most stringent rules in the US IMO. As far as the MTB community, not sure which one you're implying is handling it poorly. I'm sure there are many groups of riders that don't give AF, but from what I've seen, the majority of riders are and have been respecting other people when it comes to the trails and gatherings. Could just be the places I roll though.
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flag Burker (Jun 18, 2020 at 13:42) (Below Threshold)
 The borders are only closed to driving traffic. US residents can still fly in.
  • 6 1
 @Burker: Um no. That's not how borders work.
  • 1 1
 About what 8 riders in that pic on one tiny section of trail? We have it so good at Angel Fire. Feel sorry for these guys.
  • 2 0
 And even limited operating hours 10-5pm and only blue and green trails to begin with as well. No creekside. It Will be a wait in line for sure.@j-t-g:
  • 3 2
 @bocomtb: Um...yes, that's how the current situation is working. But you can look for yourself. I've flown several times in the past few months.
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 @krashDH85: That pedal back to the gondola when on a DH bike...heck! You quickly learn to stay on the upper mountain trails for most the day if possible. Still, good times.
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 @Burker: theres that Canadian spirit!
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 @splsce: you can book a flight from LA to Vancouver this weekend if you like - take your pick of airlines. I travel for work, but felt obliged to stop and make fun of the idiotic comment above 'um that's not how borders work' Smile
  • 7 0
 @Burker: You are travelling for work. That would be considered "essential" under current guidelines. I can book a flight from Denver to Vancouver but they're probably not going to let me on board if I'm just trying to get to Whistler. And if they do let me on the flight, your border agents would send me right home (again, if travelling for pleasure).
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 @Burker: The ban on non-essential travel covers the land border between the two countries, as well as air, sea and rail travel into Canada. Non-essential travel by air and sea to the U.S. is still allowed.

From www.cbc.ca/news/politics/border-covid-extension-july-1.5613854
  • 4 1
 @bocomtb: and @Tallboy97 - my apologies - I thought bocomtb was the one saying he'd planned to work at Whistler. I can travel without proof of being essential, but you'd need work or a relative here...and an alternate quarantine plan. I'll now rescind my idiotic comment Razz
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 @Burker: I'm assuming the 14day quarantine is still in effect.
Can't see coming to whistler and waiting 14 days to ride blue and green.
They should use orange fake tan on any Mericans coming in so we can spot them.
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 @nw-rhb: Galbraith is so fun man I always take a trip from island to squamish and whistler and always hop down south for a few days in Bellingham.
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 @nw-rhb: You have arguably the best trails in the states out your backdoor. Doesn't seem like a situation worth complaining about.
  • 1 0
 @JamesGTi: man the UK is the best MTB destination in Europe. As a French from the Alps my dream is to collect enought money to go to Dean s forest :/ .
  • 2 0
 @Ba1rog: you got me for a second there haha.
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 @sixohfourx: you should delete this comment, you’re giving people a way in!! I love the USA, but not interested in getting sick because people aren’t social distancing.
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 @nw-rhb: But also, we haven't been able to hit up Bellingham for months now. We don't have as many of those types of flow/jump trails outside the bike parks... I want to ride Galbraith but I'll survive with Whistler I guess.
  • 103 12
 Thumbs down to anti-American sentiment. Higher population density and a fumble on the response by their government should not reflect badly on fellow riders. I look forward to seeing our American brothers at the park as soon as it's safe. WeAreOne isn't just a name brand people.
  • 30 1
 Cheers. The feeling is mutual dude.
  • 6 0
 Agreed ! Was hoping to get stateside to enjoy some great riding. Will have to wait it out ...
  • 15 4
 @nvranka: I agree. I can't really blame Canadians for being nationalistic in light of the direction of our own country, but it is refreshing to being welcome.
  • 6 1
 Beauty post bud. Love it. "Ohhhhh say can you seeeeeeeeeee!!"
  • 6 1
Great post, and I totally agree. Can't stand to see these nationalistic posts against fellow riders. We get plenty of Canadians (mostly from BC) heading south to ride our trails here in Oregon. I've been more than happy to show them around the trails and give them advice on places to camp and eat.

I don't see that changing once the pandemic is over, but I hope these few Canadians that are bashing US riders choose to keep their poor attitudes north of the border rather than heading south in the winter to ride in Oregon, California, Moab, Sedona etc....
  • 2 1
 @Bailey100, thanks for the post. Always a few rotten eggs in the bunch who have to twist things around. We all ride, share the same interest in this great sport and getting over this and back to what we all love doing with our friends across the border (s)
  • 8 0
 I don't think it's bashing more than keeping the pandemic in check here in BC. People finding loopholes to come in isn't cool. Just follow the rules.
  • 4 2
 @krashDH85: Over 600 new cases in Washington State this week. It's hard to ignore that.
  • 29 3
 Fuck COVID.
  • 7 3
 Yes, in the most uncomfortable, painful way COVID can be Fucked!
  • 12 0
 This is good to see and good for the people who ride there. They have something to aim for now. Please film some stuff on opening day.....get after it and have fun. The trails will be crying out to be ridden I bet....I say this with a little tear in my eye....
  • 19 20
 I am reading this with a bit of a tear as well. Hopefully Canada will allow foreign visitors in so my mates and I can possibly salvage a late season trip Septemberish.
  • 46 21
 @bman33: no chance. You guys can't keep things in check.
  • 11 2
 @bman33: nice work slipping in "mates," but they're not gonna buy it...
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flag bman33 (Jun 18, 2020 at 10:00) (Below Threshold)
 @jaydawg69: Arrogance I see. And here we thought Canadians were always the friendly neighbor. Guess that was wrong as well. Have fun in your smugness.
  • 13 0
 @bman33: Dude don't feel so bad, some Canadian provinces are "closed" to other CANADIAN provinces, and I hear if you drive into BC with Alberta plates, they key your car....Atlantic provinces are even worse......kind of embarrassed this happens.
  • 10 1
 @bman33: getting downvoted for expressing the hope to visit Canada to go riding... Who honestly wouldn't want to do the same?
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 @BornOnTwo: Similar shenanigans have been happening down in the US as well since only certain areas of the country are showing high case levels.

@Mac1987 - exactly. I have been to Whistler 6 times and looking forward to the next. Jaydawg69 provides further proof there great people and a*sholes in every country. Cheers man
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 @jaydawg69: nice gaper clips, bud.

Like it or not, it’s very likely the boarder will open before the season ends.
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 @BornOnTwo: not sure who you’re hearing that from but it’s not happening in the Maritimes.
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 @bman33: BC border is open to US residents if you travel by air - just closed to driving traffic unless you're essential. If you're in Arkansas, I doubt driving was an option anyway.
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 @Burker: Great intel, thanks. I just moved here from Denver, Colorado (still a long drive). That said, I usually fly into Seattle then drive up. However, few of my friends are in the PNW. They pick me up at SEA-TAC and that is who we drive with. Sounds like we all need to fly across and then maybe use the Bus service up to Whistler if our trip happens.
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 @Burker: @Burker: nope.... you have to quarantine for 2 weeks no matter what form of transportation. It's mandatory.

  • 4 5
 @nvranka: not at the rate you guys are going.... wait till the 2nd wave hits you guys.
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 @nvranka: I’m not so sure it will open before the season ends. Canada has been very cautious in its approach to containing the virus and won’t do anything that undoes its containment, especially if cases are still high in the States.
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 @bman33: Thats not a fair statement. That's like saying all Americans are fat and uneducated. You and I both know that's not true. Covid has been the byproduct of fear mongering. Many people are still very concerned. Some people still think its a joke. We are all responsible for out own thoughts and actions; Race, ethnicity, religion, or nationality does not define us as individuals.
While I agree that its too early to let international travellers just yet, this is not an attack on you personally or the people of the United States.
  • 4 0
 @jomacba: I was paying Canada a complement because I have had nothing but good experiences there and the general perception is everyone is truly nicer in Canada. Jaydawg was being an a*shole and I called him out.
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 @bman33: My mistake, I interpreted it as you generalizing all Canadians. I agree he was being a dick. We do have those here too. More than I care to associate with.
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 @bman33: You are looking for loopholes to come up when you not supposed to so who's a dick? @ssholes on both sides of the border. We worked hard to contain the virus in BC and we don't want it jeopardized but people who don't care. If that makes me a bad person, then so be it.
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 @jaydawg69: I think it was more the delivery and generalization that came across unnecessarily harsh. Reality is, collectively BC did do a fantastic job flattening covid. That's not to say however; that there are some real pieces of shit up here that had some blatant disregard for what we were trying to accomplish. I agree with your centiment 100%, but again to generalize isn't fair, as we can't speak to who's putting in the effort. You also need to recognize there massive influx of population vs BC or Canada in general. The states were behind the ball in terms of directive from their government. That's not really the peoples fault. Its rather unfortunate to be honest. In all reality though, opening up the boarders isn't a good idea. Although many Americans im sure would be helpful and follow the rules, we have enough people here already who don't give a shit about other. Were all in this together. Last thing we need is more negativity.
  • 2 0
 @jaydawg69: loopholes? Seriously? I asked about/wished to be able to visit. 100% transparent and upfront and legal. If that is what you call a "loophole" then so be it.
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 @bman33: Here's what you said: "Sounds like we all need to fly across and then maybe use the Bus service up to Whistler if our trip happens."

Skirting the rules is what it looks like. You are NOT allowed to cross the border and it's not going to be September.
  • 2 1
 @jaydawg69: your arrogant a*shole. If you read the entire thread, you would see your fellow Canadian said the following just TWO lines down from your first post:

"Canadian border is open to US residents if you travel by air - just closed to driving traffic unless you're essential...."

Again, NOTHING I was trying to do was shady, sketchy etc. according to the information I was given at that time. Therefore my reply. Upon further investigation I did learn the full extent of the travel restrictions. Any other ignorance you care to spew for everyone to see? What the f*ck is your problem?
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 @bman33: "Canadian border is open to US residents if you travel by air - just closed to driving traffic unless you're essential...." how does that even make sense? Use your brain and do some research. We don't want you up here.
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 @jaydawg69: I did do my research. Again, you seem to lack reading comprehension skills. Do worry your self-centered, arrogant self. I won't come up until all is legal.....like I always was. Glad 99% of your fellow Canadians I have met over the years are super nice and welcoming and not as joyful as you. Have a good one
  • 1 2
 @bman33: obviously you didn't do your research, I had to do it for you. Stay home.
  • 3 1
 @jaydawg69: you got me. My who plan as everyone can clearly see by the conversation was to evade all regulations and laws, sneak across the border unknown (except everyone on Pinkbike knowing) spread as much Covid as I could, maybe kick some Puppies, punch a few babies while I'm there. Plan foiled by your super snark and slueth powers. Canada owes its survivial to you. Cheers Captain Maple Leaf
  • 2 0
 @bman33: Baby punching is a national pastime here. So its definitely your best bet to fly under the radar.
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 @jomacba: Noted. Big Grin
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 Not worth it, bman33. Enjoy the riding in Colorado. Not as much lift access, but otherwise it is just as good.
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 *scrambles to get his DH bike ready*
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 This is great new, but there are a lot of details missing from this release. Will all trails be open or are they going to keep the high speed black trails closed due to risk management? What is the limit on riders in the park at a time? How are they going to manage that? There are a lot of rumours floating around out there and they didn't really do much to clarify any of them
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 @Zaeius here in the states (I’m in the northeast) it’s usually you have to buy passes online in advance and there’s only so many available per day. No limits on season pass holders. Long slow lift line and the trails feel empty once you’re riding. Most riders that stop it’s only to catch their breath, little chit chat or messing around figuring out what trail to hit next. Kids and teens almost never in masks, older riders either, seems to be mostly gen x aged actually following the rules. The only employees that try to enforce anything are at the base, at the top it’s same old routines.

Hopefully y’all are better than that...
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 This is just Vail's update, Whistler's trail crew will likely have their own update to follow about trail availability, lift operation times, and anything else that is specific to Whistler's operation.
  • 6 0
 Sweet. Interesting that the rumours about 3 hour riding windows, only blue trails etc. are not mentioned in this news release. I can't imagine they will sell unlimited day passes on opening day thought? Would be chaos.

Edit: www.whistlerblackcomb.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/commitment-to-safety.aspx

They allude to the "blues only" thing there, slowly opening terrain based on agreement with province as things develop. Makes total sense. Also looks like they will be selling day tickets on site, kind of surprised at that.
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 Why are many of the bike park’s iconic trails still closed?

We made the decision to open the bike park to provide a safe, well-manicured environment for mountain bikers from the surrounding area to continue enjoying the sport. Working within the guidelines provided by the provincial health authority, in consultation local and provincial leaders, we determined the best route forward is to open slowly with the aim of adding more trails as the province eases toward reopening.
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 @MikeyMT: because they are worried about injuries crowding otherwise stressed healthcare facilities because of the ronies
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 @NWuntilirest: true, but ironic because in the entire province of BC, there are only 13 people hospitalized for Covid. This is the best time to break a leg!
  • 1 0
 @NWuntilirest: Which would be understandable if hospitals in BC were over-crowded. But as Burker says - there's 10 people in hospital in BC. My friends girlfriend is a nurse in Vancouver and says they're sitting around not doing much as pretty much all non-essential surgeries have been cancelled.
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 @ScottishJosh: Its like that here as well in the non "hot spot" regions. Yet the media is playing it like all hospitals everywhere are drowning with cases.
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 Not for anyone in the US, lol.
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 @MikeyMT: trust me... I know. I want to cry.
Plan was moving there for the Summer... so much for that. Hope I even just get to make it at some point now...
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 @stormracing: We were supposed to leave tomorrow for 3 months Frown
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 Yeah this couldn't be more gut-wrenching honestly for those of us that have season passes and travel up there on the weekends (I know I'm very lucky to be able to do that). While I'm stoked to see they're opening, border is closed until July 21st minimum...sigh.
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flag racerfacer (Jun 18, 2020 at 9:08) (Below Threshold)
 apparently you can get through the border if you say you are "going to Alaska".
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 @MikeyMT: are you going once the border opens?
Yeah My wife, dog, and I were supposed to go back in May until October but ever month it seems to get pushed back. Just Praying we get to go at all this season now!

And the bike park nearest to us in CO is vail owned unfortunately and zero word from them about anything..
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 @racerfacer: Yeah this is true. I thought about using that one. I'm actually from AK and all my family is still there, so it's kinda legit? Ha
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 @stormracing: Thats the plan but we're playing it by ear. Frankly a 3 month trip is unlikely, but if the border opens we plan to go for as long as we can assuming we can get housing.
  • 1 0
 It's almost as good as if it starts raining dirt!
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 @racerfacer: RCMP has caught onto this and is going after those that don't make it to AK and are hanging out in the Okanagan and Whistler, etc.
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Theres an old Squamish bumper sticker that says “Whistler is that way ???????? “. (Except middle finger)

We all miss travelling. July long weekend windsurf in Hood River used to be a staple of ours.
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 @krashDH85 @racerfacer: I wouldn't recommend lying to border officials. They were just talking about that very subject on the radio. Apparently those who are caught lying will be banned from being able to come back to Canada. They're also asking people to report vehicles with American plates lingering in towns between the Canadian border and Alaska.
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 @stevenroka: what if you say you're going to Point Roberts (peninsula south of Vancouver that's in the USA) , could be more believable
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 @srh2: Ha I'm not going to lie to them it was mostly sarcastic. Plenty of good lift/shuttle pedaling access around the PNW to keep me entertained until the border opens. Been a season pass holder for the last 7 years, it's just going to be a bit different this summer is all. Miss the good times up north and friends up there, can't wait to be back doing it all again.
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 @krashDH85: no its not, but its certainly kinda dumb to think its ok tho !
Dont be an ahole, taking advantage of a loophole is as bad as being a trail poacher... You dont want to be that guy.

Also , they are cracking down on this very problem as we speak.Those who thought they were being clever will most likely get banned from entering our country for life now.
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 @neroleeloo: Did you even bother to read my post RIGHT above yours? Chill man.
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 So do you wear the face mask under or over your full face? Big Grin and who's going to be the first manufacturer to put a HEPA filter in a full face?

Those lift lines are going to be visible from space, even before the borders open. Is it really true they're only allowing 60 people in the lift line at any given time vs 2-300? The lift line is just going to wrap around the village and further increase congestion.
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 Don't be surprised if they do open the border, they will put a mandatory 14 day quarantine. Frown
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 Which no one has enforced in Canada to date except the initial evacuees from Wuhan. They can tell any number of people to go in to quarantine and they'll be ripping laps within 8 hours of crossing the border. Just like all the Americans travelling to Alaska who decided to take a little bit of a round trip through Jasper and Banff for a few weeks.
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 @j-t-g: I've heard the RCMP has been following up with folks. Going to addresses were folks said they were quarantined and making sure they were there. Not sure how many, but I've heard of this from a couple folks now.
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 @timmigrant: My family and I go to Canada quite often. The Canadian border is quite difficult to get through and any person with bikes on the back of there vehicle probably will not be allowed in. I think Canada does a great job in protecting their border crossings and when it does open not many American vacationers(myself included) are going to be able to pass thru but on the bright side us Washingtonians have Stevens Pass. Oh wait!!!!! Frown
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 Who's gonna start the petition to open Creekside?!?!?!
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 lets just be happy were getting what we get. Don't rock the boat!!
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 Vail/Whistler is so greedy lol.

Be sure we gonna pay $850 for this half season, lol. So sad i can go back to France/Switzerland for vacation the season pass is $350 for 6 bikeparks.
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 @jomacba: It's just odd that with all these pressures around physical distancing, organizations and the people that represent them choose to concentrate their customers. Blows my mind
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 @blanshard16: Thats a fair statement, and from one perspective I cant disagree. However, there is a much bigger picture, and several ways to look at it.
From the perspective of the company, they always been, and will be (at least on paper) following the protocol outlines by the federal and provincial government, as well as the CDC. Ultimately they have a business to run, which in turn employs people who require an income to survive.
From the perspective of the economy, the food and entertainment industry makes up a very large portion of the economy. Businesses like Vail pay large sums of taxes, as do their employees and customers. With the added financial support from the government during covid, the government will be looking to replenish that storage. Who will be paying this? You and I (as canadian citizens)
Ultimately there needs to be a balance between public safety, and support of local economys.
Because without one, you can't have the other.
They have put protocols in place to support public safety, and we just need to follow the rules.
I for one would ride in a hazmat suit, followed by a shawshank style delousing if I had to.
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 @jomacba: Dude I'm down to ride in hazmat suits. Hazmat Factory Racing....it could catch on
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 @blanshard16: Done and done, I actually have a box of them in my garage. Just name the time and place.
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 Woot! my august trip is still on. I will still decide later as I respect what the BC gov't wants to do as far as out of province visitors.
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 Whismas Baby!
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 Locals-only whismas!
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 @flattire: I know eh??? But......Who's gunna run the lifts????
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 @flattire: speaking on behalf of all riders in Washington state, COVID is definitely the Grinch That Stole Whismas!
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 @lastminutetech: Now that's funny! Isn't it BC law that Whistler lifts have to be run by 'Strayans?
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 @MtbSince84: Correct. They don’t call it Whistralia for nothing .... oi oi oi.
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 I think my plan is to go for a week at the end of September. Hopefully things will have quieted down by then and some restrictions will be eased.
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 It will be impossible for foreigners with 14 days of mandatory quarantine... I hope they change that so I can go at least by the end of august
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 Did someone see that WB will open WHEN Canada will enter into Phase 3...
It seems like it is not ready to be opened.......
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 Full price passes, no extended play, no creekside, no black trails, no peak. I wouldn't call it Whismas at all. Looks like it's not worth buying a pass this year.
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 On the Whistler website it says that not all the trails will be open. Any ideas on what trails will be closed?
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 Only blues open apparently
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 So does a full face helmet count as a face covering?
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 Does a full face helmet count as a face covering for the lines? Or do we gotta throw on a mask under our helmets?
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 The blue and green trails are going to be destroyed since their only limiting certain trails to be open as well as no creekside.
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 The big question. Do I wear my rolling Stones mouth face mask my shark teeth face mask or hello Kitty?
Asking for a friend.
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 It’s going to be funny wearing a mask in the lineup, it’s going to get so dusty and haggard by the end of he day.
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 Fuck yeah!! Can't wait to get there!!!!!
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 The line is gunna be huge!
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 Hells yeah!!
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 oops and sisters !
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