TRAIL CREW ARMY GETS THE WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK READY FOR ACTION

Alpine Hiking, Running & Interpretive Trails

WHISTLER, BC May 12, 2014– Downhill mountain bike enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and this week the anticipation comes to an end. On Friday May 16 the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open for the season thanks to the hard work of an army of trail crew. The trail crew battled snow, weather, drainage, and other obstacles to dig, pack, and shape the berms, jumps, and trails. This work will allow for the opening of the majority of the Fitzsimons Zone Friday including popular trails A-Line, B-Line, Crank It Up, Easy Does It, among others. Here is how the work in the park breaks down by the numbers:

  • 12 trail crew members
  • 520 man hours
  • 2 snowcats
  • Two heavy equipment operators
  • 4 light equipment operators
  • 6 chainsaws, 1 tree faller
  • 6 brooms, rakes, shovels, and pick axes
  • 3 mini excavators

“It is always an extremely busy but exciting time of year and our trail crew do an amazing job pulling everything together.” says Brian Finestone, Whistler Mountain Bike Park manager. “Conditions are shaping up to be excellent for our opening day with tacky, hero dirt expected all weekend long.”

Starting this Friday, May 16 the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will be open daily from 10am until 5pm. On May 18 access into the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will be available via the Fitzsimmons Express, with the Whistler Village Gondola opening May 24. Extended Play hours, 5pm-8pm, will run every Monday and Wednesday, starting May 19. Extended Play hours will begin to run nightly from June 14 to September 1.

Whistler’s new spring festival GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival will feature a GO Enduro Mountain bike race on Friday, May 16.  This mountain bike race will take place in Park and will feature three timed downhill stages as well as two liaison stages featuring uphill or cross country sections. GO Enduro will challenge riders’ technical bike handling skills and test their endurance. Registration is $30, in advance online, and a full face helmet is required.

Riders can also practice indoors in the Air Dome starting May 18. The Air Dome is an 8,400 square foot indoor bike training facility with various jumps, wooden ramps and a foam pit. Full details can be found online at www.whistlerbike.com/information

For guests looking for rental bikes and gear, Garbanzo Rentals in the Whistler Gondola building will be carrying a selection of Giant full suspension downhill mountain bikes including the Glory I, and Glory II. Meanwhile, Garbanzo Bike and Bean (GBB) in the Carleton Lodge will be open from 10am to 6pm daily. GBB offers rental, repair services and features a retail section filled with top-end mountain bikes, clothing, equipment and a coffee bar. 

Returning this year to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is the Demo Centre which will be located inside the Garbanzo Bike and Bean. The Demo center will allow guests to demo a selection of high performance downhill bikes from Giant, Devinci, Cove, Norco, Santa Cruz, and Scott.

As well as downhill mountain biking as of May 16, skiers and riders can continue to enjoy some amazing spring skiing conditions in Whistler Blackcomb’s snowy alpine. Winter operations continue through until May 26 on Blackcomb Mountain.

To celebrate this remarkable time of year when guests can enjoy snow and dirt fuelled by gravity, the Crud 2 Mud race is back Saturday May 24, 2014. Crud 2 Mud competitors ski or snowboard from the top of Whistler Mountain to the bottom of the snow line, and then continue the race on their bikes through the Whistler Mountain Bike Park to the village below. More information on Whistler Blackcomb’s Crud 2 Mud race can be found at http://bike.whistlerblackcomb.com/events/2013/05/crud-2-mud.aspx

Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages  or call 1-888-403-4727.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,174 centimetres (462 inches)  of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. 

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Proud to be a venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Media Notes:  Whistler Blackcomb is pleased to provide high resolution photographs available for editorial use, downloadable at the following link: whistlerblackcomb.com/mediaphotos

Please credit – Photographer Listed, Location: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia. 

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