AGES 5-16

DFX Kids Daily Group Lessons

From Bike Park first timers, to experienced rippers, our DFX Daily Lessons are the perfect environment for your kids to develop the fundamentals of the sport, or progress their skills to the next level. From EZ Does It to Crab Apple Hits, we will make your child’s day a memorable one. With the guidance of fun, energetic, and skilled coaches, there is no better way for your child to experience the thrill of mountain biking in a supervised and controlled environment.
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Overview

DFX KIDS


It'll be their best day of the week; any day of the week. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park DFX Daily Kids programs are undoubtedly among the best in North America. We have camp packages that can be tailored to any length of visit, available in 3 for 2 discounted packages, 5 day price package or as a daily drop in. With the guidance of our fun, energetic and skilled coaches, there is no better way for your child to experience the thrill of mountain biking in a supervised and controlled environment.

Groups will be spilt by ability and age with 5 – 8 year olds, 9 – 12 year olds and 13-16 year olds grouped together whenever possible. Maximum of 6 children per coach.

Are you a local (Sea to Sky, Lower Mainland, Washington State) and ride all the time? Check out our 10-Day Lesson Pass for a more flexible schedule..

Dates



Dates Spring Summer Fall
Weekends Only May 16 - 17
May 23 - 24
May 30 - 31
June 6 - 7
June 13 - 14
   
Daily   June 20 - September 6  
Weekends Only     September 12 - 13
September 19 - 20
September 26 - 27

Lessons are offered WEEKENDS only during Spring & Fall, and DAILY during Summer.
Lessons go from 9:30am - 3:30pm.
Please meet at Garbanzo Kids located beside the Whistler Gondola entrance, at the base of Whistler Mountain.

Please Note:

  • This camp is available for all riders from Beginner to Expert.
  • Beginner riders need to be comfortable riding a two wheel bike without training wheels and confidently be able to use hand brakes.
  • Groups will be split by ability and age with 5 – 8 year olds, 9 – 12 year olds and 13 - 16 year olds grouped together whenever possible. Children may be placed in different age groups to accommodate ability.
  • Maximum of 6 children per coach.
  • Lift tickets are required, and can be purchased as a package with lesson.

REQUIRED AGE

  • 5-12 YRS
  • 13-16 YRS
  • Children aged 5 and 6 also need to be able to fit and be comfortable on our 20" wheel rental bike, unfortunately we don't have 16" wheel rental bikes available.

REQUIRED ABILITY

  • Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert Riders.

Schedule


8:30am - 9:30am

Pick up vouchers, collect safety information, sign waivers at Village Guest Relations or Garbonzo Kids, pick up Bike Rentals and Equipment at G1 Rentals or Garbonzo Kids. Our Garbanzo Kids location will be open July - August.


9:00am - 9:30am

Meet the coaches outside Garbanzo Kids (located at the end of the village gondola building). Your child will be asked some simple questions about their bike experience, to gauge their ability. Then all students are uploaded to the Children’s Learning Center, where a more thorough skill assessment will be done, and groups will be formed.


9:30am - 10:00am

Skill assessment and warm ups. Coaches will utilize the terrain and features at the CLC to build groups, and make sure everyone is feeling comfortable. Some switching between groups may still happen throughout the day in order to accommodate different rates of progression, stamina, and student goals.


10:00am - 12:00pm

Lesson starts. Skill development and riding trails.


12:00pm - 12:45pm

Lunch at CLC (Children's Learning Centre) at mid station on Whistler Mountain - Lunch time may vary.


12:45pm - 3:00pm

More riding and having fun.


3:00pm - 3:30pm

Pick up time back outside Garbanzo Kids.

LESSON DETAILS


BEGINNER CLASSES

Beginner classes may not descend down the Bike Park on the trails; readiness to descend will depend on the ability and stamina of the whole group. Beginner lessons not riding down the mountain will be spent in the learning areas at the top of Fitzsimmons Chair and possibly also on the trails in the valley.

Beginners need to have been off training wheels for at least a year, be CONFIDENT on their bike, have good balance and be comfortable using hand brakes.

Children aged 5 and 6 also need to be able to fit and be comfortable on our 20" wheel rental bike, unfortunately we dont have 16" wheel rental bikes available


IS LUNCH PROVIDED?

Yes. Lunch is provided. Lunch is eaten at CLC (Children's Learning Centre) at mid station on Whistler Mountain, which provides an indoor seating area to keep out of the sun/rain. Lunch choices include a daily special or a variety of sandwiches/wraps plus soup and salad, fruit and dessert. If your child has allergies or dietary requirements please inform the instructor.

Hydration Pack is highly recommended for use on the trails. Water fountains are only available at the top and bottom of the lifts in Bike Park.


WHAT CLOTHING SHOULD I BRING?

PPlease dress appropriately for the weather/temperature. Shorts and T-shirt are fine with a sweater or track pants for colder days. Closed toes shoes are required, no sandals or flip flops. We will be riding in all weather, so please be prepared with rain gear and sunscreen!


All purchases are transacted in Canadian Dollars and are subject to applicable taxes. Prices and dates are subject to change without notice.

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

RENTAL BIKES INCLUDE:


  • Junior Dual suspension 20" wheel bike with disc brakes and basic armour package (arm & leg pads, gloves and full-face helmet).
  • Junior Dual suspension 24" wheel bike with disc brakes and basic armour package (arm & leg pads, gloves and full-face helmet).
  • Junior Dual suspension 26" wheel bike with disc brakes and basic armour package (arm & leg pads, gloves and full-face helmet).
  • Please see the rental staff for advice on the best size bike for your child.

Ability Levels

  • 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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