Whistler Bike Park Opens May 2nd

Photos Robin O'Neill
Date Apr 21, 2015

I don’t know if the recent crop of overseas ski bums don’t make the proper sacrifices to Üllr or what, but the snow has been shit. On the other hand, riding season never ends up here in Cali North. So, we were hopeful that Whistler would open early. Here’s the official announcement. Scroll down a little further for pass pricing and timing, and some revised extended play info.


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Location: Peak Zone, Top of the World. Team Rider: James McSkimming. Photo: Robin O’Neill

OPENING TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
It’s official. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open for the 2015 season two weeks ahead of schedule on Saturday May 2. Despite having an almost two metre snow base in the alpine, the lower mountain Fitz Zone has been snow free for awhile allowing crews to get in and prime the trails ahead of schedule. Even with the lack of snow in the Fitz Zone, significant damage was dealt by the apocalyptic rain creating blown out drainages and erosion on many trails. It hasn’t been any easier for trail crew given the amount of damage that was dealt but like always they’ve been working hard getting things back to prime shape.

For more good news, on now until May 17, all 2015 Bike Park passes are on sale at early bird rates with bonus incentives. Passes include the Unlimited Season Pass, Twilight Pass, and the ALL NEW 10 Day, 5 Day, and Top of the World Season Pass. We have discontinued the Triple Play card this year and hope the new offering of discount products will give riders more flexibility and choice for riding the Park.

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Location: Fitz Zone, Dirt Merchant. Team Rider: Trevor Berg. Photo: Robin O’Neill

UNLIMITED SEASON PASS – unlimited riding from May 2 – October 12, 2015
Early Bird Rate – $599* (Adult)
*Additional incentives – 1 FREE Top of the World ticket; 1 FREE Bring A Friend day ticket valid until June 26
Regular Rate – $699 (Adult)

10 DAY PASS – NEW – 10 full days, valid May 2 – October 12, 2015
Early Bird Rate – $399* (Adult)
– Reload additional days from $39 per day if purchased at least 5 days in advance of use.
*Additional incentives – 1 FREE early season day valid until June 26
Regular Rate – $459 (Adult)

5 DAY PASS – NEW – 5 full days, valid May 2 – October 12, 2015
Early Bird Rate – $249* (Adult)
– Reload additional days from $49 per day if purchased at least 5 days in advance of use.
*Additional incentives – 1 FREE early season day valid until June 26
Regular Rate – $285 (Adult)

TOP OF THE WORLD SEASON PASS – NEW – 1 Top of the World lap per day (1 Village Gondola ride, 1 Peak Chair ride)
Early Bird Rate – $229* (All Ages)
– Limited Quantities Available
– Valid mid-July to mid-September, subject to conditions, snowpack, and reduced hours during Crankworx
*Additional incentives – 1 FREE full Bike Park early season day valid until June 26, 2015
Regular Rate – $259 (All Ages)

TWILIGHT SEASON PASS – Evening riding from 5pm – 8pm during Extended Play
Early Bird Rate – $229* (All Ages)
– Extended Play Dates – Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday (NEW) evenings from May 16 – June 12, and daily from June 13 – September 7.
– Load additional full Bike Park days from $49 per day if purchased at least 5 days in advance of use.
*Additional incentives – 1 FREE full early season Bike Park day valid until June 26, 2015
Regular Rate – $259 (All Ages)

For full pass details visit here.

 

NEW EXTENDED PLAY EARLY SEASON DAYS – Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Saturday’s (Hey Whistler PR folks – those apostrophes don’t belong. My eyes are bleeding. Figuratively.)

Extended Play is when the Bike Park remains open for some of the best riding of the summer between the hours of 5pm – 8pm. Typically the extended hours only happen in the middle of the summer but last year we kept the Park open until 8pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings during the early season. New for 2015, Saturday evenings have been added to early season Extended Play days giving you 4 additional evenings to lap the Fitz Zone. Here is the full breakdown of the Hours of Operations for 2015:
May 2 – June 12* – 10am – 5pm daily.
*Extended Play: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday’s (aaahhhhh – Saturdays….Saturdays…not day’s) – 10am – 8pm starting May 16.
June 13 – September 7* – 10am – 8pm daily
*Extended Play runs daily during this time
September 8 – October 12* – 10am – 5pm daily.
*No Extended Play during this time.

MORE KEY DATES
Garbo Zone open – June 20* – October 12
*subject to weather
Top of the World (Peak Zone) open – June 27* – September 20
*subject to weather

For full operating schedule visit here.


Anyone else feel like a dog standing by the door, whimpering and begging to be let out?

 

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