Ability Level Guide

To ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience while in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, please read the following guidelines carefully.
 
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Beginner Rider

BIKE PARK EXPERIENCE:
  • 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.

BENEFITS OF TAKING A PROGRAM:

You will learn basic skills such as body positioning, braking and cornering that you need to ride your first bike park trails comfortably and confidently. Your guide will choose trails appropriate for your skill, speed, rest points and offer immediate feedback in order to maximize your learning experience.


SUGGESTED PROGRAMS:

Novice Rider

BIKE PARK EXPERIENCE:
  • 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.

BENEFITS OF TAKING A PROGRAM:

You will continue to progress your basic skills and be introduced to more technical terrain with more roots and rocks, rock faces and ladder bridges. Improve you cornering technique for better flow on freeride trails. Coaches will guide through the progression of trails to allow you build skills gradually and introduce and demo new features for you.


SUGGESTED PROGRAMS:

Intermediate Rider

BIKE PARK EXPERIENCE:
  • 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.

BENEFITS OF TAKING A PROGRAM:

You will learn the basics of how to drop and jump, as well as improving your overall bike skills. Start to increase your trail speed and look more closely at line selection. Increase the number and difficulty of trails in your repertoire.


SUGGESTED PROGRAMS:

Strong Intermediate Rider

BIKE PARK EXPERIENCE:
  • I am a strong rider on all blues and easy blacks and I can ride all or most of the features. 
  • I ride at a moderate but safe speed and carry my momentum. 
  • I can do small jumps (7ft +/- table tops) and drops safely. 
  • I am excited to ride steep roll downs, raised ladder bridges and technical trails.  

BENEFITS OF TAKING A PROGRAM:

Maximize learning time while developing your skills to negotiate larger drops and jumps, gain the knowledge and skills so you are ready to take on Aline and the tech trails in Garbo. Coaches will refine your skills to allow you to jump higher, go faster and be more confident in difficult terrain.


SUGGESTED PROGRAMS:

Advanced Rider

BIKE PARK EXPERIENCE:
  • 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. 

BENEFITS OF TAKING A PROGRAM:

Have a coach break down the technique needed and lead your through features you have always dreamed of tackling. Improve your flow, speed and finesse on all trails. Jump higher, drop bigger and start to look and feel like a pro!


SUGGESTED PROGRAMS:

Expert Rider

BIKE PARK EXPERIENCE:
  • 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.

BENEFITS OF TAKING A PROGRAM:

Personal coaching on refining the expert skills and finesse required to ride at the highest level and speeds. Really fine tune your riding and to maximize the return on your valuable riding time. Our expert coaches will be able to help you tackle the gnarliest of lines and biggest drops and jumps the park has to offer.


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Still Unsure?


CONSULT A MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK GUIDE

Feel free to consult one of our Mountain Bike Park Guides on-site if you are uncertain of your ability level and/or equipment needs. These guidelines are especially important for parents of children aged 12 years and younger.

 

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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