GMBN’s Travel Guide To Whistler, Canada | A Mountain Bike Scene Check

– Ah, Whistler. Whistler’s tucked in the heart
of British Columbia, Canada, situated north of Vancouver,
couple hours drive in the car. The closest airport to fly into
is Vancouver International. Now Whistler, is a all year
round, adventure resort, with world class slopes in
the Winter for snow sports, and then when the Summer season kicks off, these mountains flood
with mountain bikers. (upbeat music) (intro theme) Smack bang in the middle of Whistler is the infamous bike park. Arguably one of the meccas for
riders all around the world, to come to shred the gnar, and seek that adrenaline fueled adventure. But let’s not forget the
sheer size of this place, and beyond the bike
park where you can find the most stunning natural trails, that this planet has to offer, and if you come here at
the right time of the year, you get to witness Crankworx
festival of cycling, it’s amazing. (upbeat music) Well, believe it or not, Whistler was originally
called London Mountain because of all that, thick
low hanging smoggy cloud, at the base of the mountain, and then it was renamed back to Whistler because of that loud pitch of all those marmots in the valley. Interesting fact, London Mountain. Wow, a bit far from London. Even though it took fifty
years to come around, Whistler did hold the
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games back in two thousand and ten. That’s why, these rings are here. A little interesting fact about
the Whistler bike park is, back in nineteen sixty six,
they opened up the mountain, they opened it’s slopes, to skiing, and then thirty years later,
in nineteen ninety nine, Whistler bike park was born. They officially opened the gates to that. The seed for global gatherings was planted and this place kicked
off, it didn’t take long. Now you’ve got Crankworx
festivals happening here, you’ve got a number of
other festivals happening. You’ve got people coming
around from all over the world, to come to this spot, to
ride their mountain bikes. It’s amazing, I absolutely love Whistler. (upbeat music) Not a mountain biker,
or you’re looking to try a different style of mountain bike riding, well then Whistler has a
number of bike rental options. So take a day out of your
cross country regime, grab your mate, get yourself a big rig just
like this one right here, or if you wanna try a short travel bike, or an e-bike, the options are endless. Right, before you even catch that first lift up in the morning, go and make sure you grab
yourself a nice pastry, a good coffee, from a
number of these places dotted around the village. Tell you what, the banana
bread in here, is to die for. Tickets and prices, uplift passes, season passes, kids passes, all the passes for the
mountain, if you head on up, you’re gonna have to buy a ticket. So you can buy a one day,
a two day, a five day, a ten day and an all season pass. A one day pass is roughly seventy dollars. A two day pass is roughly a
hundred and fifty dollars. Then you got a ten day pass which is roughly at five hundred dollars. Then you’ve got an all season pass, which is about seven hundred
and ninety five dollars. Then if you wanna head up
to the top of the world, that’s an extra twenty one dollars. All right, so if you
don’t wanna do a full day on the bike park, you can
get two different options. You can have an extended play time, which is from three thirty to
eight p m, that’s close time, or, you can do twilight, and
that starts at four thirty p m, all the way to closing time eight p m. There are over two hundred and
fifty kilometers of trails, all accessible by uplifts. Five lifts to serve sixty eight trails. The bike park is split into five zones. Fitzsimmons, Creek side, Garbanzo, Peak lift and a GMC Pump Track. Across these zones are
a huge variety of trails for all riding abilities, offering 9% beginner, 31% intermediate, 34% advanced, 22% expert and 4% pro. All right, if you’re looking
into honing your skills, or basically building
up on your technique, there’s three different skill parks, dotted around the bike park,
such like this one behind me, you’ve got pump tracks,
you’ve got skinnies, you’ve got drops, you’ve got roll arounds, they also offer coaching sessions, from the coaches and guides
segment down at the bottom, which are gonna help you
build up your techniques, show you where you’re going wrong, and just basically take
you out onto the bike park and have a great time. For cross country enthusiasts and those who love to spin their legs, Whistler has an incredible
cross country trails, outside the bike park. (upbeat music) The combination, where are you gonna stay when you come to Whistler? Well staying in the resort
can be quite pricey, so shopping around, is a wise thing. But Whistler has a number of places from camping to air b n
b, to hostel to hotels. You can even stay out of the resort and catch the bus in
to save a few pennies. For us, well we shopped around, we got a rad bargain,
in the middle of town, those are perfect for us,
but just a word of warning, little word of warning, that it can get a little
bit loud, in the evenings. There’s so much more to Whistler
than just the bike park. You wanna take a chilled day, there’s so much more that
Whistler has to offer, from hiking to kayaking, to going to play golf,
hang out at the lake, or just going for a little
old hike with the family, if you’ve brought it. I’m gonna go hang out at the lake. (upbeat music) So there you go, that’s our
rough guide to Whistler. Hopefully this has helped you out, but if we’ve missed out on anything, please let us know in
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