Intro to Park

Intro to Park is a beginner clinic tailored for anyone who hasn’t ridden in the Whistler Bike Park before. If you are a first-time mountain bike rider looking to get a taste of the park and develop basic downhill skills. If you’re comfortable riding a bike on pavement or easy single-track cross-country, we’ll have you loving our easy cruising trails and learning areas. 

Lesson Information


MEETING LOCATION:

Meet at the Bike Park Hut at the base of Whistler Mountain, by the stairs of the GLC. Guests that need to pick up rental gear should arrive one hour before the lesson start times to ensure they are ready for the departure lesson times.


LESSON START TIMES:

10:00am  |  2:00pm


Price: $196


INCLUDED IN INTRO TO PARK PACKAGE:

  • 3 hour rental - full suspension downhill mountain bike with disc brakes
  • Full Face Bike Helmet (CSA certified)
  • Armour (knee, shin & elbow pads & gloves)
  • 3 run lift ticket
  • 3-hour group lesson


Schedule


Pick up vouchers and rentals:

AM Lessons: 9:00am - 10:00am
PM Lessons: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Pick up vouchers, collect safety information, sign waivers at the Bike School Sales desk inside the rental shop. Pick up Bike Rentals and Equipment at G1 Rentals. Allow for rental process; bike and armor fitting, this can take up to an hour on busy days.


Meet Your Coach:

AM Lessons: 9:30am - 10:00am
PM Lessons: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Meet the coaches outside the rental shop by the Bike School Hut (located at the end of the village gondola building). You will be asked some simple questions about your bike experience, to gauge your ability. To the best of our ability we will separate into groups with similar abilities and mind set.


Lesson:

AM Lessons: 10:00am - 1:00pm
PM Lessons: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Load the chair and start the day – don’t worry we will show you how!

Some switching between groups may still happen throughout the lesson in order to accommodate different rates of progression, stamina, and student goals.

Skill development in our learning area and riding trails. Our guides will teach the basics in our flat learning areas and give you time to get to know the bike and techniques. Once ready to descend groups will start with our easiest green trail Easy Does It and will progress to more technical trails when the whole group is comfortable and ready. Number of runs will depend on the speed and stamina of each group.



What clothing should I bring?


Please dress appropriately for the weather/temperature. Shorts and T-shirt are fine with a sweater or light pants/track pants/tights for cooler days. We recommend long shorts and no tank tops. Closed toes shoes are required, no sandals or flip flops. You may bring a back pack with water and snacks if you would like but we will stop for water breaks at the top and bottom of each run. We will be riding in all weather, so please be prepared with rain gear and sunscreen!

Guests are required to present the credit card used for purchase upon activity check-in.

LEVEL ABILITY CHART

  • I can comfortably ride on pavement or wide gravel trails, maintain balance and can use hand brakes.
  • Little or no experience in a DH Mountain Bike Park.
  • I can comfortably ride on green and easy blue single track and freeride trails in the Bike Park or cross country.
  • I am confident to ride and carry momentum through bumpy, rooty sections of trail without putting a foot down and have good brake control.
  • I have a little experience riding Bike Parks.
  • I am comfortable on all blue technical trails and can ride all green and easy blue freeride trails in the park. My wheels rarely leave the ground.
  • I can maintain my momentum and ride through rocky, rooty sections and am starting to look at increasing speed.
  • I can comfortably ride raised ladder bridges and small rock faces.
  • I have some experience riding in a Bike Park.
  • I am a strong rider on all blues and easy blacks and I can ride all or most of the features.
  • I am confident on this level of trail in the Bike Park and cross country.
  • I ride at a moderate but safe speed and carry my momentum.
  • I can do a rear wheel lift, bunny hops, a track stand, and small jumps and drops with correct technique.
  • I am excited to ride steep roll downs, raised ladder bridges and technical trails.
  • I am comfortable at fast speeds on all black trails both cross country and in the Bike Park.
  • I can pick a line through difficult technical sections, ride steep rock faces and raised skinnys.
  • I have good technique and can carry and judge my speed to do medium jumps (12ft +/- table tops) and drops. 
  • I am confident at high speeds on all trails, I can ride all the features on black and some double black trails both cross country and in the Bike Park.
  • I can clear large drops and jumps (20ft +/- table tops) with correct technique.

Need assistance?

CALL CENTRE HOURS
April 27 - May 12
10:00am - 5:00pm PST
May 13 - Summer
10:00am - 5:00pm PST

1-800-766-0449      604-967-8950 (LOCAL)
wbreservations@vailresorts.com

 

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