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Whistler is an iconic mountain bike destination and one that gets better every year. Whistler is also known for challenging terrain and events like the Enduro World Series and Crankworx.
But where does that leave beginner mountain bikers in Whistler?
Can beginner riders actually have fun mountain biking in Whistler and not be scared of risking injury? You bet. This guide is designed to encourage more beginner mountain biking in Whistler and prevent people from being scared away by the reputation of the trails in this region.
When most people think of mountain biking in Whistler the first thing that pops to mind is the famous Whistler Bike Park. The Bike Park continues to expand each season with new trails and features.
There is an unbelievable amount of video out there from the Whistler Bike Park as well as countless features in mountain bike magazines over the years. The video and images that are generally shown are those of riders doing whips on Crabapple Hits, soaring down A-Line or hitting a big drop on a tech trail.
Furthermore, when you are at the base of the Bike Park you look up at the ‘Boneyard’, which is generally filled with large features and jumps for the Red Bull Joyride event at Crankworx.
This is all very daunting for a new rider coming to Whistler but the truth is this doesn’t tell the whole story of biking in Whistler. There is very much a place for beginner mountain bike riders of all abilities in Whistler.
There are a good number of beginner mountain bike trails in the Whistler Bike Park such as:
The beginner network is expanding each year, which is great news. Just make sure you don’t get led into a more advanced trail by someone who says “don’t worry it’s fine” as you don’t want to jump into the deep end right away. Research the options available for professional mountain biking lessons in Whistler because that is the safest way to enjoy the Whistler Bike Park.
For further details on all the trails in the Whistler Bike Park check out their website. For information on beginner mountain bike lessons in the Whistler Bike Park, check out our guiding packages or send us a message with your questions.
Riding in Whistler is much more than just the Whistler Bike Park. We have an incredibly vast trail network throughout the Whistler Valley and beyond..
These trails don’t have a chairlift, so you have to ascend with your own power but you will be well rewarded with great descents, views and the peace that awaits in the forest. The Whistler trail network covers the entire valley and is very well connected by beginner bike trails.
So, no matter where you are staying, you can access trails close by and you don’t need to drive anywhere. This is such a great bonus because you do not have to load your bike into your vehicle and drive to a trailhead. Whistler is a giant trailhead in itself!
Bike shops are a great source for trail information when you are a beginner mountain biker in Whistler. The absolute best source of knowledge is a local, professional mountain bike guide. Mountain bike guides can help you progress, choose trails that match your ability best and link up trails depending on how you are feeling. Good, local guides are well worth it!
NB: The trail that is gathering the most attention in town is the new Lord of the Squirrels trail that climbs into the alpine. We do not recommend Lord of the Squirrels as a beginner friendly trail; expect intermediate to advanced terrain and ride times in excess of 5hours.
We hope this shows that Whistler is friendly for beginner mountain bikers and our trails stretch well beyond the ones that fill the covers of magazines. The trail network here in Whistler is great for all ages and ability levels.
Whistler is also great for those couples or groups of friends where some people are seasoned riders and want to really push their skill set but want to travel with their beginner mountain biker partners or friends.
If we can help plan your riding trip to Whistler just let get in touch via email, Facebook messenger or check out one of the links below:
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