Whistler Blackcomb invites you to bring your students to discover our world renowned Mountain Bike trails through our Schools on Dirt Program. Students of all ages and ability levels will spend a day with us discovering the adventure of mountain biking, in a setting only Whistler Blackcomb can provide. Our mandate is to provide an accessible, memorable experience at Whistler Blackcomb and inspire a life-long love and passion for the sport and mountains.
The Whistler Blackcomb Bike Park
The Whistler Blackcomb mountain bike park is the biggest in North America with 200km of trails covering 4,800 vertical feet. We have lift serviced trails for everyone, from the first time mountain biker to the expert mountain biker. Strategically located throughout this network of trails are three skill centres, each designed for a different ability level.
The green skills centre is built close to the ground for riders just learning to clear obstacles and ride planks.
The blue zone increases the difficulty by raising, narrowing and tightening all of the constructed elements.
The double black skills centre is for expert riders only including a dazzling display of North Shore-style obstacles.
Also located within the bike park is a biker-cross track where advanced mountain bikers or racers can perfect their racing techniques. After each run, your students will use the Fitzsimmons Chair at the base of Whistler Mountain or Garbanzo Chair at top of Fitzsimmons Chair to get back to their favourite trails. Specialized racks on a separate chair directly in front of the riders will securely transport their bikes to the top of the park.
2013 Schools on Dirt Program
Daily: May 17-June 30 and Sept 3-Oct 14.
The Schools on Dirt program follows the same principles as our successful Ride Tribe Schools program and is aimed at elementary and secondary school aged students of all ability levels, who live in Vancouver and the surrounding region. Our experienced mountain bike guides can take everyone from the first time mountain biker to the experienced racer and guide them around North America's largest mountain bike park in a safe and fun environment. Unlike our Schools on Snow program, you and any other trip organizer can participate in the bike program alongside the students! Program rates
Here is a look into the daily itinerary for secondary students and elementary students in the Schools on Dirt program:
2013 Schools on Dirt Pricing
|Elementary and Secondary Programs||Price|
|Youth Session Only||$47.00|
|Youth Lift and Session||$56.00|
|Youth Lift, Session and Rental||$74.00|
|Lunch Voucher||$14.00 ($16 value)|
|Adult Rental Bike||$46.00|
|Additional Adult Lift Ticket (Complimentary Adult Tickets Provided at 1:8 Student Ratio)||$32.00|
|2hr Guided Valley Bike Tour||$47.78|
|PEAK 2 PEAK Sightsee & Lunch Package More Info »||$32.00|
|All applicable taxes are included.|
Organizer Package Forms
All of our Schools on Dirt packages include guides from 10am-2pm who will tailor the day's content according to the group's abilities and preferences. All riders will be grouped according to ability and speed with a ratio of 7:1 riders to coach. A 2 hour extension can be arranged at an additional cost – please ask your SOD rep for details.
For first time mountain bikers or for those who wish to try a dual suspension mountain bike, we have a large fleet of Giant’s top downhill bikes that have been customized to our specifications. Our fleet of Giant bikes are maintained and serviced daily.
For the younger riders, we have a fleet of Giant's top children’s mountain bikes ranging from the Brass to the Reign SX. These bikes are perfect for all kinds of terrain and for all ability levels, from the first time mountain biker to the experienced biker.
Both Elementary and Secondary school Rental packages include rentals from 10am-2pm. A 2 hour extension can be arranged at an additional cost – please ask your SOD rep for details.
Lunch on the mountain
If you don't want to worry about bringing your own lunch or losing your lunch money, have lunch on the mountain with a Whistler Blackcomb lunch voucher, a $16 value at our food and beverage locations.
What to Bring
Dress in layers as the weather can change quickly. Bring a small, comfortable day-pack which will be safe with the group in the morning.
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