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yetidamo

Member since Sep 2009 • Last active Oct 2021

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    Honestly, if you're comparing Whistler bike park with the whole PdS region it doesn't come close. It's tiny by comparison and there's only 3 lifts that service the whole park, so it gets very congested. There's only 1 lift out of whistler village itself (might be 2 in peak season, but right now only 1) and apart from the first 2 runs each day, the queues and waiting times were ridiculous.

    I learnt quite quickly to stay up the mountain on the Garbanzo chair and also dropped into the newer and quieter trails on the Creekside gondola just to make sure I got maximum riding time for my limited time there.

    Creekside only opened in 2018 and is quite a refreshing change to the main park. More technical, less jump, jump, berm, berm, repeat than the rest of the park. I think they're trying to replicate the more natural trails you'd find elsewhere in BC. There's still tonnes of big man made swooping berms and trails, but less tables and no high consequence gaps and drops.

    My own money would go on an alpine trip all day long, but I do feel privileged to have had the chance to ride so many of the trails I've always dreamed of riding, and I think with friends and with more time to explore beyond the park it would be a trip of a lifetime.

    I had to rein it in a bit; the thought of spannering my whole trip and my company's plans to be at this exhibition if I had a serious crash was in the back of my mind, as well as riding solo, but it was still a proper "pinch yourself" moment when I rode A line and Freight Train for the first time. I particularly enjoyed FT as it had a really variety of features, drops, step ups, gaps, techy rock sections, fast flowy jump lines. Just everything that makes mtb great. But my fave trail was undoubtedly Crank It Up. The features weren't a big, but it's just so much fun and you can break off onto Joy Ride which includes some progressively bigger drops before joining back up with the rest of Crank It Up.

    But in all honestly in terms of size, variety and "holiday feels" it doesn't even come close to PdS.

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    South Wales ftw. If you've got a friend out there who can show you around and you can crash with then definitely give it a whirl. I reckon 2 days in the park is probably plenty TBH (maybe that's because I was on my own and it would be more fun with friends) but if you have someone with local knowledge then the trails all around the area and in Pemberton, Squamish and the hills around Vancouver too are meant to be amazing.

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    Not my V10, a rental. Best compliment I can make about the frame was that I didn't really notice it. It just felt confident and did what I asked it to do without fuss. The fork needed more small bump sensitivity amd didn't cope with the braking bumps as well as the rear end, but overall, for a rental it was well maintained and the perfect tool for the job.

    I was only there for the weekend. Without boring you to tears, I've got to attend an exhibition in Chicago for work and covid rules means you can't fly into the US direct from the UK, you have to fly in to a "safe" country for a minimum of 14 days before the US will let you in.

    So I drew the short straw of 2 weeks in Canada visiting some of our customers. And to achieve the 14 days I had to fly in to Vancouver on the Friday pm amd wouldn't need to see any customers until the Monday.

    Like you, I'd never been and always wanted to go to Whistler, so my choices were kill time in a Vancouver Lenny's Lodge on drive on up to Whistler. Did feel a bit blessed for all the stars to align the way they did.

    I stayed in a place called the Whistler Village Inn & Suites. It was pretty basic, a pull down bed, a sink and a fridge etc, but it was very central which allowed me to make the most of my short time there. There wasn't really any hotel facilities but there's so many cafes, bars and restaurants in the centre I certainly didn't go hungry. There's also a fairly big supermarket within walking distance.

    Got to be honest, I'd probably not take the family. Its extremely expensive, I certainly couldn't afford to do it if I had to pay for everything myself, even as a solo traveller. Even being fortunate enough that my work was picking up the flights, car hire, hotel, etc, the bike hire, lift passes and the mtb specific 2 day travel insurance I took out cost me a small fortune.

    There is stuff in the surrounding areas that a family would enjoy (if they don't bike) but having had family holidays in the Alps, where there's loads more for the whole family to enjoy, I'd recommend that over whistler all day long. 4 bums in a car to drive to the alps will cost you a fraction of what flights to Canada for 4 would cost. Whistler itself is clearly a purpose built ski resort and feels much more commercial ie just set up to extract maximum cash from the visitors. And unlike in the alps there aren't any mountain bars or restaurants you can pull over to. You have to return to the resort for drinks or food.

    I'm sure your family would enjoy it, and the whole area is ridiculously beautiful but I think they'd enjoy the alps more, and that's even before any cost considerations.

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    Yeah it's a pretty special place. The scenery is amazing, and I think the autumn leaves added to that.

    There's trails for all skill levels there and they provide a progression matrix that rates trails in order of difficulty, the idea being you tick them off one at a time if you're unsure. I did a warm up lap on one of the greens and whilst it was very tame, it was still a lot of fun.

    Talking of dying, my second run down I was trying out the dual slalom type trail that runs right under the chair lift in whistler village. Some people were yelling at me from the chair lift. Seeing as I was on my own I assume it was a case of mistaken identity. But when the occupants of the next chair were also shouting at me I thought I better stop to see what they were trying to tell me. Turns out there was a bear on the trail just ahead of me! I was within 10m of it at this point. Hasty retreat back up the hill to find another way down. Took a pic of it from the chairlift on the way back up.

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    Whistler is worth a visit.

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    Thanks. Did look at them earlier today, but they were eye wateringly expensive. Sorted now thankfully.

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    You wouldn't be if you knew the levels of pain it's been to organise the trip and get all the necessary covid clearances etc. And apart from 2 days in heaven on earth, I'll be working solid for 3 weeks. But it'll be worth it. Just hope I don't spanner myself getting carried away on A Line as my employer will not be happy.

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    Haha.

    All sorted for insurance now thanks.

    And the upside to all this is I think I've found my new fave lfgss thread

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    It's OK @skinny Really appreciate the help you're offering here, but I'm pleased to say I'm sorted. Spoke to a nice Canadian man who was able to provide me with appropriate cover for 2 days in whistler bike park. Gotta go to vancouver for work but the upside is I get a weekend to myself, so rude not to head up the mountain. I've assumed our company's travel insurance doesn't cover bike parks (I didn't bother to ask) :)

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    Thanks for the suggestions. ETA don't seem to offer travel insurance. Dogtag look just the ticket, except that their website says that due to covid they're not taking on new policies at the moment. I've asked Neil already actually as I thought he might be in the know, but not heard from him yet.

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