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May 13th, 2009

I figured it out. At least I think I figured it out. “It” is the reason why we get so amped to ride the Park each spring. “It” is a simple case of supply and demand; the supply is the inventory of trails and the limited number of days we can ride them each bike season. The demand is that urge we all get to rip those trails and feel the freedom of gravity pulling our motorless vehicles down single-track and buffed jump trails. Given what I know about business, when a commodity is in shorter supply the demand seems to go up.

In Bike Park terms that limited supply is the short bike season we have in this part of the world, which means our BC bike season equals a shortened supply of lift access DH fun and the requisite high demand from die hard riders to get it going. Also on the supply side of the equation is the inventory of said trails.

For opening weekend this year we have the following for you to consume:
Lower A-Line
Crank it Up
Heart of Darkness
World Cup Single-track
Hornet
B-Line
Ho Chi Min
Ninja Cougar
Devil’s Club
Crack Addict
Crabapple Hits
Karate Monkey
Joyride Jump Park
the Airdome

The trail crew has been hard at work getting this list together and will continue to work with mother nature to open more tracks as we progress through May / June.

The weather looks pretty good for opening some come and get your first piece of Whistler Bike Park- while supplies last.
See you in the lineup.
Brian

Enough trails for you?  Will  you open the season this weekend or wait a week or two?  Are your favourite trails on the list?  Tell us here…

The only thing better than Whistler?  Whistler with the BroCard.  Save on a Season Pass, get a free day on your Triple Play card (four days!) and save at bike shops, eating establishments and more – for just $24.95.  All the info is here…

WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK OPENS THIS SATURDAY MAY 16 WITH 12 TRAILS

This season, riders can expect Garbanzo expansion and redesigned Slopestyle, Giant Slalom and Dual Slalom Courses

WHISTLER, BC, May 13, 2009 – Area riders are tuning up their bikes and get out their gear as the Whistler Mountain Bike Park opens for daily operations Saturday, May 16 with 12 trails to feed their adrenaline lust.

Signature trails to open include Lower A-Line, Crank It Up, B-Line, and Ninja Cougar. The current early season conditions are for intermediate or above skill level; however more trails, including beginner terrain, will open up as snowpack allows. An updated list of open trails is available on whistlerbike.com.

Riders can also get some pre-opening practice in the Air Dome starting this Friday. The Air Dome, an 8,400 square foot covered indoor bike training facility with a huge foam pit and wooden ramps, is open Friday to Sunday throughout the season.

“At Whistler Blackcomb we’re lucky enough to have six months for mountain biking season. As all trails are covered in snow, the anticipation builds when we can finally clear the trails and get the Bike Park open,” says Brian Finestone, Whistler Mountain Bike Park Manager. “The mud gates are about to open this Saturday and people are worked up into a frenzy with opening day anticipation. We’ve got lots of trails ready to go and are expecting a great start to what will no doubt be another fantastic season.”

The Bike Park is open daily from 10am-5pm until June 19 and then from 10am-8pm starting June 20 through the summer. Weekday access is via the Whistler Village Gondola with the Fitzsimmons Chairlift opening on weekends.

The Garbanzo Zone is scheduled to open June 27 in time for Whistler Blackcomb’s core summer operations. Riders can look forward to new trail sections on Blue Velvet and Freight Train, as well as the completely redeveloped No Joke trail in the Garbanzo Zone.  The Bike Park also features redesigned Slopestyle, Giant Slalom and Dual Slalom courses.

Early season adult day tickets are $40. Bike Park Season Passes are available by phone at 1-800-766-0449, online at whistlerbike.com or in person at the Village Guest Relations in the Whistler Gondola building.  Riders can purchase their Bike Park passes at an Early Bird rate of $435 before June 19, and $475 thereafter.  Winter Edge Card and Season Pass holders are eligible to purchase a Bike Park pass for $425.

The Triple Play Card returns, offering three days of riding in the Whistler Mountain Bike for the adult Early Bird price of $115, if purchased before June 19 and $125 thereafter.  Riders save on any additional days and can have the convenience of going directly to the lift by connecting their Triple Play Card to their credit card.

First-timers can test drive the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with the Sampler ticket, which provides three lift rides.  If the sampling turns into a full-blown addiction, riders can upgrade to a full day ticket with options to receive discounts on riding in the Bike Park for the rest of the season.

Full suspension bikes, helmets and body armour are available at Garbanzo Rentals in the Whistler Gondola building. Meanwhile, the Garbanzo Bike and Bean in Carleton Lodge offers rental and repair services, and features a retail section filled with top-end mountain bikes, clothing and equipment.

For those looking for some inspiration, the epic and adrenaline-fueled mountain bike movie, Redbull Rampage: The Evolution, premieres at the Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) Friday, May 15 at 9pm. The eye candy continues at the GLC on Saturday, May 16 with the premiere of the Goldstein Productions movie, On The Line starting at 9pm. The GLC is open daily throughout the summer at the base of the Bike Park, and is the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny post-Park patio session or an evening of live music, DJs and good times.

Also, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Kokanee Crankworx 2008, are featured in an upcoming “Ride Guide” episode on OLN Canada this Sunday, May 17 at 12:30 pm EST (9:30 am PST). Ride Guide is a mountain travel TV series, where the hosts and guest pros share their travels of skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking from locations throughout the world. The Whistler show will also premiere on Rush HD Canada under the name “Descent”, also on Sunday, May 17 at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) and again at 11:30 pm EST (8:30 pm PST), with a repeat on Saturday, May 23 at 9pm EST (6pm PST).

Whistler Mountain Bike Park, May 16-October 12, 2009

May 16-June 19
10am-5pm daily

June 20-September 6
10am-8pm daily

September 7-October 12
10am-5pm daily

Air Dome May 16-October 12, 2009

Fri, Sat & Sun only 2-5pm and 5-8pm
* Extended hours coming soon

Enough trails for you?  Will  you open the season this weekend or wait a week or two?  Are your favourite trails on the list?  Tell us here…

The only thing better than Whistler?  Whistler with the BroCard.  Save on a Season Pass, get a free day on your Triple Play card (four days!) and save at bike shops, eating establishments and more – for just $24.95.  All the info is here…