Resort Name: Whistler Mountain Bike Park - Whistler Blackcomb
Location: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. (Approx 2 hrs drive north of Vancouver)
Resort Web Site: Whistlerblackcomb.com/bike
Fitzsimmons Zone – May 16, 2009 (34 trails)
Garbanzo Zone – June 27, 2009 (21 Trails)
* All operating dates are weather dependent.
Closing Date: October 12, 2009
May 16 – June 12. - 10am till 5pm Sunday – Friday & 10am – 8pm Saturday
June 13 – September 7 - 10am till 8pm - Seven Days Per Week
September 8 – October 12 - 10am till 5pm - Seven Days Per Week
Fitzsimmons Zone = 1132 ft / 334m
Garbanzo Zone = 2107 ft / 643 m
Total ridable vertical not including Peak tours is 3239ft / 997m
NEW for 2009: 3 New trails sections in the Garbanzo Zone and more trail construction planned for 2009.
Boneyard Air Affair - Amateur Slopestyle Session. Date TBC (June).
Kokanee Crankworx – Aug 8 – 16, 2009 - World renowned 9 day mountain bike festival. August
Travel: Closest Airport – Vancouver, Bus available from the airport right to Whistler. All amenities in Whistler within walking distance from the Bike Park.
Retail / Rental Centres: The official Retail and Rental locations of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park (Garbanzo Bike and Bean & Garbanzo Rentals are located right at the bottom of the Fitzsimmons Chair. These locations offer every piece of equipment you will need to ride the park to either rent or purchase. Additional rental locations with additional brands are also available within Whistler.
Accommodation: There is a plethora of hotels, Hostels, and Campgrounds available within the Whistler’s boundaries. Most Hotels and Hostels are within walking distance of the Bike Park and all amenities while all campgrounds are either driving or riding distance from the park. Hotels ranging from three to five-star are available.
Bike Storage: The majority of them are now offering secure bike storage for those riders who want to bring their own gear. Inquiring with the specific hotel is recommended before booking. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park does not offer overnight storage and encourages using custom Kona DH & Freeride rentals bikes designed specifically for Whistler Mountain Bike Park terrain & trail conditions.
Bars and Nightlife: Whistler goes off in the summer with dozens of outdoor patios, multiple packed clubs and excellent dining options which will fit a range of budgets.
Additional Riding: Whistler is well known for the abundant number of world calibre cross country trails within the village. Many riders will head up in the park during the day then head out to ride the local XC trails during the evening.
Number of Trails: 55+ trails currently under construction
Number of Lifts Open: 1 dedicated Lift in Fitzsimmons Zone & 1 dedicated Lift in Garbanzo Zone
Whistler Mountain Bike Park: Over 55 trails with new trails opening up each season including world renowned trails for every level of rider including A-Line, Upper & Lower Crank It Up, Freight Train, Schleyer, Joyride, & New Joke. With two chairlifts dedicated entirely to mountain bikes and two complete zones which each rival most mountain bike parks in size, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has lots of options for all DH, Freeride, All Mountain, and XC Crossover inspired riders.
Contact Information: 1-800-766-0449
Rental Store Name: Garbanzo Bike and Bean / Garbanzo Rentals located at the base of the Bike Park.
Rental – Whistlerblackcomb.com/bike 800 766 0449
Other Activities: Hiking, Alpine Hiking, XC Riding, White Water Rafting, Ziptrek, ATV, Horseback, Heli Sightseeing, Heli Biking, Hummer Tours, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Jet Boating, Guided Fishing Tours.