From the awe-inspiring bike park, an extensive off road trail network and the 40-kilometre paved multi-purpose Valley Trail system, exploring Whistler by mountain bike is a ride not to be missed and one that’s now easier than ever to navigate, thanks to the new online mountain bike trails database.
The mountain bike trails database is a new feature available on Whistler.com showcasing the extensive trail network in and around Whistler. This interactive map provides an overview of trails, their locations and degree of difficulty allowing users to click on individual trails to access more detailed GPS information. The mobile site is located here: http://mobile.whistler.com/trails/
When it comes to mountain biking, Whistler offers an unparalleled variety of cross-country and downhill terrain to explore, from high alpine single-track to the world-renowned Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
New to the bike park this year is the Top of the World trail. Offering 360 degree views of the surrounding glaciers, lakes and peaks, the trail increases the park’s vertical by more than 330 metres (1,091 feet). With over 60 trails and 1,508 metres (4,946 feet) of vertical, Whistler Mountain Bike Park offers more trails and more vertical feet than any other bike park in North America. The trail begins at the top of Peak Chair, descending through three climate zones: Alpine Tundra, Mountain Hemlock and Temperate Rainforest. A limit of 100 riders per day are permitted on the new trail, opening up new terrain to eager advanced riders ready to test their skills on Whistler’s alpine slopes. Riding the Peak Chair will require a separate lift ticket which will cost riders $15 in addition to their Bike Park pass.
Stretching 40 kilometres throughout the Whistler valley, the paved Valley Trail network connects Whistler’s neighbourhoods offering a scenic path to your destination. Whether routing from the village to Lost Lake, along the River of Golden Dreams to Meadow Park, around the Whistler Golf Club to Rainbow Park or touring to Alpha, Nita or Alta lake, the Valley Trail is an optimal option for riders of all ability levels. Bring your own bike, or rent through a number of operators.
Tourism Whistler offers opportunities to win the ultimate biking experience: The winner of the Ride with Shandro in Whistler contest, and a lucky friend, will escape to Whistler to experience a day on the Top of the World trail with professional mountain biker Andrew Shandro. Bike Magazine will send along a videographer to shoot the experience. Contest closes July 31, 2012.