KIDS PROGRAM 2020

DFX Park

DFX PARK is for riders of a novice to expert level who want to focus on Downhill riding in the Whistler Bike Park. Groups will ride trails suitable to their speed and ability. Riders will develop and fine tune bike handling skills, riding at safe speeds, working on correct jumping, cornering and dropping technique. Our coaches will work on all areas of skill development needed to tackle trails safely.

Stoke your stoke


Once your child has the basics of downhill mountain biking dialed in from attending our DFX Daily lessons or DFX Club program our highly certified and experience coaches will continue to take their skills to the next level. Whether there are already shredding Aline and Dirt Merchant, want to follow in the footsteps of other ex DFX’ers like Seth Sherlock and Lucas Cruz into DH racing or they are just starting to tackle technical blues and looking to learn to jump we have a group for your young shredder.

Program Details


DROP OFF AND PICK UP
  • DROP OFF: 8:45am - 9:15am
  • PICK UP: 3:00pm - 3:30pm
MEETING LOCATION
Spring, Fall and Summer Sundays
  • Blackcomb Kids - The lower level of the Whistler Blackcomb Admin Building, 4545 Blackcomb Way. Located at the Base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village.
Summer Mon/Wed
  • Creekside Kids – Whistler Kids building across from Dusty’s
BIKING ABILITY
  • Groups for novice to expert riders.
  • Minimum biking ability: Have been riding in the Bike Park consistently and comfortably on blue trails. Goal of the program is to improve Downhill biking skills for all levels of park rider from novice to expert.
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENT
  • Bike suitable for the Bike Park.
  • Minimum of front suspension and disc brakes, full suspension highly recommended.
  • Elbow Pads, knee pads, bike gloves, eye protection and full face helmet required. Full body armour is recommended.
BIKE PARK PASS
  • Included in price of program for summer sessions.
  • Day tickets are provided for Bike Park use during the Spring and Fall program for the Sundays of the program.
LUNCH
  • Not provided, please provide a packed lunch or lunch money.

Typical Day


  • Meet your group at your designated meeting location from 8:45am to 9:15am.
  • Groups will get organized, do safety bike checks and then will head up the lift at 10:00am or as soon as the park opens. Groups will be riding hard for the whole day in Whistler Bike Park taking breaks on the trail or at the CLC.
  • Lunch will be eaten back at the base or at the CLC. Packed lunches will be transported to the CLC by our support team.
  • Pickup is from 3:00pm to 3:30pm. Each child must be signed out by a parent. If your child will be picked up by someone else please inform the coach in the morning. If you would like your child to sign out by themselves please ask your child's coach for a sign out permission form (age restrictions do apply).
* We will be riding in all weather, so please make sure your child is prepared with rain gear and sunscreen!
Whistler Mountain Bike Park - Coach, Ash Jones

Ash Jones - Program Head Coach

Program Head Coach

Ash Jones


Mountain Bike instructor and elite level coach, Instructor trainer for both biking and skiing.

I entered the world of biking at a young age. Growing up in the flattest part of the UK it began not with mountain bikes but with BMX. I spent most of my teenage years travelling the UK in search of the best skateparks and dirt jump spots we had to offer.

After graduating from college my focus switched to skiing where I gained valuable experience as a coach of young athletes and trainer of fellow instructors. I have since obtained my CSIA level 4 certification which is highly regarded in the ski industry and has further contributed to my professional development.

Only a few short years after putting down BMX, I found myself on two wheels again here in Whistler! Bringing my skills from BMX proved to be hugely valuable in my progression on a mountain bike. It seemed only natural that I would combine this new found love of big wheels with my coaching background in skiing! I now specialize in high level downhill and enduro coaching and have seen some of the young guns from the DFX program go on to race in national and world cup level races.

I love to analyze each and every aspect of our sport in order to better my own riding and to encourage others to do the same. My goal is to share my passion for the sport and create life long mountain bikers!

Need assistance?

CALL CENTRE HOURS
May 13 - Fall
10:00am - 5:00pm PST

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

 

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