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

– Ah, Whistler.

Whistler's tucked in the heartof British Columbia, Canada, situated north of Vancouver, couple hours drive in the car.

The closest airport to fly intois Vancouver International.

Now Whistler, is a all yearround, adventure resort, with world class slopes inthe Winter for snow sports, and then when the Summer season kicks off, these mountains floodwith mountain bikers.

(upbeat music) (intro theme) Smack bang in the middle of Whistler is the infamous bike park.

Arguably one of the meccas forriders all around the world, to come to shred the gnar, and seek that adrenaline fueled adventure.

But let's not forget thesheer size of this place, and beyond the bikepark where you can find the most stunning natural trails, that this planet has to offer, and if you come here atthe right time of the year, you get to witness Crankworxfestival of cycling, it's amazing.

(upbeat music) Well, believe it or not, Whistler was originallycalled London Mountain because of all that, thicklow 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 fiftyyears to come around, Whistler did hold theOlympic and Paralympic Winter Games back in two thousand and ten.

That's why, these rings are here.

A little interesting fact aboutthe 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 kickedoff, it didn't take long.

Now you've got Crankworxfestivals happening here, you've got a number ofother festivals happening.

You've got people comingaround from all over the world, to come to this spot, toride 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 anumber of bike rental options.

So take a day out of yourcross country regime, grab your mate, get yourself a big rig justlike 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 grabyourself a nice pastry, a good coffee, from anumber of these places dotted around the village.

Tell you what, the bananabread in here, is to die for.

Tickets and prices, uplift passes, season passes, kids passes, all the passes for themountain, 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 ahundred 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 hundredand ninety five dollars.

Then if you wanna head upto the top of the world, that's an extra twenty one dollars.

All right, so if youdon't wanna do a full day on the bike park, you canget two different options.

You can have an extended play time, which is from three thirty toeight p m, that's close time, or, you can do twilight, andthat starts at four thirty p m, all the way to closing time eight p m.

There are over two hundred andfifty 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 area 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 lookinginto honing your skills, or basically buildingup 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 guidessegment down at the bottom, which are gonna help youbuild up your techniques, show you where you're going wrong, and just basically takeyou 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 incrediblecross country trails, outside the bike park.

(upbeat music) The combination, where are you gonna stay when you come to Whistler? Well staying in the resortcan be quite pricey, so shopping around, is a wise thing.

But Whistler has a number of places from camping to air b nb, to hostel to hotels.

You can even stay out of the resort and catch the bus into 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 littlebit loud, in the evenings.

There's so much more to Whistlerthan just the bike park.

You wanna take a chilled day, there's so much more thatWhistler has to offer, from hiking to kayaking, to going to play golf, hang out at the lake, or just going for a littleold 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 ourrough guide to Whistler.

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