Distancing In The Mountains – Biking

08/23/2020 | by harmonywhistler | Vacation Rentals

Part 5 - Biking in the Mountains

For our final Summer Inspiration Series, we look at biking in the mountains. Whistler is the perfect mountain town for biking and has an abundance of trails and tracks for all ability levels. 

Read on to find out why biking enthusiasts love coming to Whistler.

Feel at home in the mountains with Harmony Whistler Vacations. 

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

Thought to be one of the best downhill bike parks in the world, Whistler mountain bike park offers over 70 skillfully crafted lift-serviced bike trails. With 4 separate biking sections, over 92 km of trails descending 12 615 m, it’s no wonder the annual Crankworx festival gets held in Whistler. (When events are allowed again)   

There is something for everyone from wide winding beginner trails to tight twisted single track riding right through to steep rock faces, drop-offs, and more.

Track Recommendations

Beginner

Easy Does It – A great trail for beginners to get a feel for the bike park. At nearly 3 miles in length the double track, machine groomed trail conditions are great to learn on with gentle grades and easy turns. You can venture off Easy Does It to Del Bocca vista for some extra turns through the trees.  

Intermediate

Crank It Up – This 2.9 km trail is one of the most popular intermediate trails in the bike park, so you can expect bike traffic but it’s worth it. Flow along this point to point trail which is full of berms, and your speed will determine how difficult the trail can be – roll over or grab air on the jumps.    

Advanced

A-Line – One of the most well know bike trails in the world. Long, fast, big beams, tabletops and a natural rock drop make up this single track which locals and visitors like to ride over and over again.

Local Tip:  Take a lesson if you have never been downhill biking before.Once you know the basics it will be much more enjoyable. 

Cross-Country Biking

Whistler Mountain Bike
Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

Whistler is a cross country biking enthusiasts dream, with an abundance of cross country trails to suit any ability level. Find your balance on the Lost Lake Loop, then branch out with green beginner trails, blue intermediate, and black advanced. The scenery is spectacular winding up and around lakes and snow-capped mountains, not to mention the fresh mountain air guaranteed to release those endorphins and make you feel great. The Lost Lake trails are a fantastic introduction before hitting up the steeper mountain trails. Why not finish up with a jump in the lake to cool down after your done.

Track Recommendations 

Beginner

Tin Pants – Tin Pants is a fun, smooth 3 km trail and a great introduction to cross country biking. The smooth surface is clear of rocks and roots with some fun climbs and descending paths. Cruise along and feel the wind in your face.  

Intermediate  

Toads Of The Short Forest – Expect rock slabs, tree roots, and wooden bridges. This single-track trail will keep you excited with challenges from start to finish. 

Advanced

No Horses – The most advanced trail on the Lost Lake circuit. With loose rocks, this will be more challenging and test your skills. 

Local Tip:  The Lost Lake trails are wonderfully marked and with multi directional options so get lost among the spider network and stumble upon your new favourite run.  

Valley Trail Biking

Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

If downhill or cross country biking is too extreme, you may want to spend some time exploring the paved valley trail. This connects the neighborhoods of Whistler passing stunning lakes, view points, and picnic spots. Make sure you keep your puppies on a leash as the trail does get very busy in both directions.

Local Tip: Pack a picnic and roll the trails around Lost, Green, and Alta lakes.

Electric Biking Tours

Photo Credit: Canadian Wilderness Adventures

E-Bikes are one of the latest crazes to hit Whistler. Whether you want that extra help to get you up the steeper climbs or are trying to encourage a non-biker to come along for the ride, this may be a great option.

Canadian Wilderness E-Bike Tours:  Learn the basics of riding a full suspension electric mountain bike from your knowledgeable guide at Canadian’s Callaghan base camp. Ride through the magnificent old-growth forest alongside Callaghan Creek. Then cruise side by side on the double-track off-road trail that leads to the stunning Alexander Falls. Brace yourselves for the end of the tour as you pick up speed and descend back to the Callaghan base.

E-Bike Etiquette:  Don’t forget to use the promo code HARMONY for an additional 10% discount!

Pump Tracks & Dirt Jumps

Check out this little playground for biking. This small skills park is free to use and a great place to work on your skills and technique.

Next to the skate park behind day lot #2, you will find this little BMX park. Complete with a pump track, practice bridges, and dirt jumps, it’s the perfect place to hone in on your skills. It’s in a beautiful Whistler mountain setting too.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Operating since 2014, Harmony Whistler Vacations is Whistler’s locally owned & operated boutique Vacation Management company.  We are dedicated to helping guests discover their inner adventure through our CONCIERGE SERVICES and 24 /7 support to deliver the perfect Whistler vacation.  We manage over 60 vacation VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES in Whistler and carry the highest standards for our homes.  Our small team will always provide unparalleled service and deliver a personable experience for our guests.  Our goal is to make you feel at home in the mountains so that you can create lifelong memories with family and friends.

We want you to Feel at Home in the Mountains

Be a repeat guest with Harmony Whistler Vacations to receive our return guest special offer (see BOOKING POLICIES for more info).

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