So I'll be going there for the first time tomorow (riding my bike from Parkgate to the Seabus then to the main terminal and from there I take the Epic shuttle to Whistler). So excited to do this ride, but rain's in the forecast. Will that dampen my experience or enhance it?
Whistler in the Rain?
it's so dry and the forecast rain is so minimal, it shouldn't be a problem. we actually could use a couple days of steady rain.
it won't rain all day
it won't be dusty
Whistler's always dusty in the summer.
Pick up a Muckynutz type fender if it gets really wet. They're light, cheap and incredibly effective.
There's nothing better than an Orangina after cheating death with Digger.
Thanks guys. Good idea on the fender. I might do ghetto tube set up for that. :).
So excited to ride!
Btw, should I wear something heavier or would a windbreaker be okay?
The whole valley is a dustbowl right now.
Was also thinking of ghetto windbreaker/ garbage bag. Lol!
My guess is that it's going to be pretty humid with the rain coming in and all. I say wear something light. The WhistlerBlackcomb website has pretty accurate weather forecasts, so have a look at that.
If it's really coming down; jacket, pants, shoes with lace covers, goggles, fender, and spare gloves. I find if I have all that I'm fine all day.
road in the rain a couple weeks back up there got soaked too the bone , it still gets cold in the wet and the trails can get really greasy , i was wearing my TLD DH shorts and they weighed 100lbs with all the water and muck . tears off would be nice or a clean cloth to wipe the goggles down .
fenders of some kind a must same with a down-tube deflector shield ( MEC has them cheap ) . spare gloves and a tube and such are a must , i did my best Aaron Gwin down Crank It Up with a flat rear tire , it was my BDay so it was worth the chance of blowing the rear wheel up riding the rim out LOL .
Thanks for the tips, guys…. the conditions were actually perfect on the 13th (when it rained) and not so much the following day (dry, dusty).
And so I also came to realize, that even with two days (I orginally planned for one), I did not have enough time. The two trails I was so looking forward to hit (Dirt Merchant and A-line) had jumps that were way too big for me to hit cold (I usually work up to it). So I rolled them once and never came back (and even then, I only managed to cover maybe a third of all the intermediate to advanced trails).
Really enjoyed Blue Velvet and Crank-it-Up as well as Upper Freight Train, along with most of the single blacks and a few double-black runs. Goat's Gully was an ass-kicker, and so was Lower Canadian.
Thanks again! Hope to be back soon… and with better skills (again, hopefully).