MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK
TOTAL BIKE PARK STATS
Lift Serviced Vertical: 1,507 m / 4,946 ft
Top Elevation: 2,182m / 7,160ft
- Whistler Village Gondola
- Fitzsimmons Express Chair
- Garbanzo Chair
- Peak Chair
- Creekside Gondola
Skills Centres & Parks: 5
- Fitzsimmons Skills Centre
- Orientation Centre
- Intermediate Skills Centre
- Joyride Jump Park
- Boneyard Slopestyle Park
Total Trail Breakdown: 68 trails
- Green/Beginner – 6 trails
- Blue/Intermediate – 21 trails
- Black/ Advanced – 23 trails
- Double Black/Expert – 15 trails
- Red/Pro Line – 3 trails
Terrain Type (beg/int/adv/exp/pro):
- 9% / 31% / 34% / 22% / 4%
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The Fitzsimmons Zone (aka the Fitz Zone) is the original Whistler Bike Park zone, originally opening to the public in 1999 with all five difficulty levels represented. The Fitz Zone is where the infamous A-Line trail is located, as well as all three Skill Centres and the Joyride Jump Park and the Boneyard Slopestyle Park. The Fitz Zone features a trail to suit every rider and is situated on the lower slope of the Park from Whistler Village up to the Olympic Station at 1000m (3,300ft).
Fitzsimmons Zone Trail Breakdown: 48 Trails
- 6 Green/Beginner
- 19 Blue/Intermediate
- 10 Black/Advanced
- 11 Double Black/Expert
- 2 Red/Pro Line
Fitzsimmons Zone Vertical: 344m / 1,132ft
Lift Access: Fitzsimmons Chair and the Whistler Village Gondola
The Garbanzo Zone was opened to the public in 2004 to complement the original Fitzsimmons Zone, adding an additional 2,700 feet of new vertical to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Higher, steeper and more rugged than its predecessor, the Garbanzo Zone may well be the perfect height – not too high to hit the thin air of the high alpine but high enough to keep summer temperatures cool and comfortable for riders. From the tangled roots of single track on In Deep or Goat’s Gully to the berms and jumps of Freight Train, this zone is ideal for intermediate to advanced riders and guaranteed to thrill everytime.
Garbanzo Zone Trail Breakdown: 18 Trails
- 0 Green/Beginner
- 2 Blue/Intermediate
- 11 Black/Advanced
- 4 Double Black/Expert
- 1 Red/Pro Line
Garbanzo Zone Vertical: 816m / 2,723ft
Lift Access: Garbanzo Chair and the Whistler Village Gondola
The Peak Zone is a mind blowing experience which takes the flow the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is famous for and drops it on the Peak of Whistler Mountain. Opened in 2010 with some of the world's best riding set against the granite spires of the Coast Mountain Range, the Top of the World trail is the pinnacle of alpine riding.
Beginning at the top of the Peak Chair on Whistler Mountain, the Top of the World trail takes riders through Whistler's insane alpine environment on tacky smooth single track filled with built up berms, switchback corners and fun flowy descents along the way. The trail winds its way down the back side of Whistler Mountain, dipping into areas not even open for skiing in the winter. It bisects Highway 86 and rolls along the Peak to Creek ski run before cutting back over to Highway 86 where it joins into the Garbanzo Zone.
Peak Zone Trail Breakdown: 2 Trails
- 0 Green/Beginner
- 0 Blue/Intermediate
- 2 Black/Advanced
- 0 Double Black/Expert
- 0 Red/Pro Line
Peak Zone Vertical: 347m / 1,091ft
Lift Access: Peak Chair
THE LATEST CHAPTER IN THE ON-GOING DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK BEGINS WITH THE OPENING OF THE CREEKSIDE GONDOLA TO MOUNTAIN BIKERS. RECOMMENDED FOR ADVANCED AND EXPERT RIDERS ONLY, THE CREEKSIDE GONDOLA PROVIDES ACCESS TO THE FITZ AND GARBANZO ZONES VIA EXPRESSWAY, LOWER FREIGHT TRAIN, AND NO JOKE. RETURN RIDING TO THE CREEKSIDE BASE IS POSSIBLE VIA UPPER AND LOWER DUSTYíS DOWNHILL, AN EXPERT LEVEL ROUTE THAT DESCENDS FRANZíS SKI TRAIL OR BY CONNECTING BCíS TRAIL, AN EXISTING BLACK DIAMOND SINGLE TRACK AT THE LOVE CANAL ROAD.
Creek Zone Trail Breakdown: 2 Trails
- 0 Green/Beginner
- 0 Blue/Intermediate
- 5 Black/Advanced
- 0 Double Black/Expert
- 0 Red/Pro Line
Peak Zone Vertical: 647m / 2,122ft
Lift Access: Creekside Gondola
The Air Dome is an 8,400 square foot covered indoor bike training facility with a huge foam pit and wooden ramps. The Air Dome offers jump progression from 2' high jump ramps to 26' Quarter Pipes with options for riders of all abilities. Dirt Jump, Slopestyle, Downhill and BMX bikes are all welcome on the ramps and in the foam pit. Riders can take their skills to the next level using any of the three jumps into the foam pit regardless of whether it is learning basic straight air or technical back flips. Spectators are also welcome to visit the Air Dome and watch the action. The Air Dome is located in Lot 8 on Blackcomb Mountain.
Athlete Team List
Allow us to introduce our Whistler Mountain Bike Park sponsored athlete team. These athletes have the skills and dedication to make us look good so we returned the favour by hooking them up with full rides from all of our sponsors. Look for them in our ads and featured videos as well as Phat Wednesday races and Crankworx. They will be the ones riding the Park almost daily and with huge smiles on their faces when you see them in the lift line.
Whistler Mountain Bike Park Race Team
These local athletes are the riders seen day in and day out at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. They are also often seen on the podium of the Bike Park’s Phat and Phast Wednesday events as they work their way to the pro level.
- Tristan Merrick
- Peter Matthews
- Lula Darquier
- James McSkimming
- Trevor Berg
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is widely regarded as the No. 1 lift accessed downhill bike park in the world, and for good reason. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is the largest lift accessed bike park in North America, with 4,946 vertical feet of lift-serviced descending trails, ranging in difficulty from green runs for beginners, to blue and black diamond runs for intermediate and advanced riders. Biking terrain ranges from gentle banked cruisers through the Coastal forest to tight and twisty single track - perfect for intermediate and all-mountain riders. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is perhaps most well-known though for its machine-built trails; high speed thrill rides infused with jumps, banked corners and wooden features designed for the ultimate in flow. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is open May to October.
PROGRESSION FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS
Every summer Whistler Blackcomb invests over $200,000 into trail building in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park to keep trails in the best shape possible and to stay ahead of the game with the latest trends in downhill mountain biking. In the summer of 2015, the Trail Crew, led by Whistler Mountain Bike Park Manager, Brian Finestone, began the next phase in the evolution of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Eight trails received major overhauls to create a smoother progression environment for riders. Bike Park users now have the ability to build on their skills no matter what their ability level - from beginner level trails all the way up to the pro lines.
COMPLIMENTARY ORIENTATION SESSIONS
Whistler Mountain Bike Park offers complimentary Orientation Sessions to first-time Bike Park users. The sessions are geared toward all ability levels and are designed to provide newcomers to the Park with tips on basic skills and trail suggestions appropriate for every skill level. Whistler Mountain Bike Park Guides are stationed daily at the Orientation Centre located at the top of the Fitzsimmons Express chair to ensure first-time users have the resources necessary to have a safe and enjoyable day in the Bike Park.
As of August 2015, access to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park got a whole lot easier. Creekside Gondola is open for bikers 7 days/week from June 18 to September 5, and then on weekends only until September 18. Bike Park trails accessible from the top of Creekside Gondola include Lower Expressway (intermediate), Freight Train (advanced) and No Joke (advanced). There are two return riding routes back to the Creekside Base accessible from the top of the Creekside Gondola. Both routes are black diamond/advanced. Bikers also have the option to download via the Creekside Gondola.
Whistler Mountain Bike Park has the most vertical compared to any other bike park in North America
With the introduction of the Top of the World trail in the Peak Zone in 2010, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has the most vertical of any bike park in North America. Top of the World is befitting of its name as this new trail increases the Bike Park's vertical by 1,091 feet to a total of 4,946 feet. Top of the World is the Whistler Bike Park's first ever lift-accessed alpine mountain bike trail. It is accessible from the Peak Chair, descends from the summit of Whistler Mountain and eventually leads riders into the Garbanzo Zone of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
Kids-Specific Downhill Mountain Bike Rental Fleet
Whistler Blackcomb takes pride is fostering the next generation of rippers, which is why downhill mountain bikes designed specifically for kids have been added to their rental fleet. GIANT Bicycles, one of the industry’s leading mountain bike manufacturers, has developed the Yukon, a brand new kids’ mountain bike specially designed for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and the little rippers that like to play there. The 24-inch dual suspension bike allows for a smooth ride and enables kids to have a seamless first experience in the bike park. Also, Norco’s kid-specific mountain bike, the Ninja, is available to rent. Norco’s Ninjas are outfitted with a rugged aluminum frame and dual fork suspension.
The Airdome: Next Level At Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Whistler Mountain Bike Park Manager Brian Finestone noticed Benny Phillips because the Australian rider was basically living in the Air Dome, coming in day after day to dial in huge tricks with determination and skill. This got the wheels turning in Finestone’s head and the next thing Benny knew, he was invited to compete in the Teva Best Trick Showdown at Kokanee Crankworx 2011. Amazingly, the unknown, sponsor-less rider took the Session One win and $4,000 with a 360 Double Downside Whip. Benny Phillips shared the Teva Best Trick Showdown podium with Cam Zink, winner of Session Two and one of the best slope riders in the world.
The Air Dome is an 8,400 square foot covered indoor bike training facility with a huge foam pit and wooden ramps. The Air Dome offers jump progression from 2' high jump ramps to 26' Quarter Pipes with options for riders of all abilities.