Tour dates 2015
11 – 18 July 2015
12 – 19 September 2015
Tour dates 2016
16 – 23 July 2016
10 – 17 September 2016
(If these dates don’t work for you, why not gather some friends together and become a group organizer to open up new dates?)
This mountain biking holiday in Whistler, Squamish and the Chilcotin mountains is a dream adventure for any passionate mountain biker, and the very best of mountain biking in BC.
In the Whistler Valley, the Chilcotins and mountains around Squamish you’ll experience some of the most mind-blowing, spine-tingling trails that will challenge your biking skills, but also leave you sore from grinning from ear-to-ear!
Whistler is the home of Crankworx and the most iconic bike park in the world, and, arguably, some of the best natural mountain bike trails in the world. It also happens to be located on the spectacular “Sea to Sky” road, which links Whistler to other incredible biking spots in this part of British Columbia.
On this week-long mountain biking extravaganza in BC you’ll experience the beautiful, flowing singletrack of Squamish, where you’ll learn a few skills and tips from your local guide, before graduating to your guide’s favourite natural, technical trails in the Whistler Valley.
A major highlight of this mountain biking adventure in Canada is your float plane uplift service, over glaciers and canyons, to reach the stunning alpine trails in the Chilcotin mountains. This really is a ‘wish-list’ day so don’t dare forget your camera!
You’ll have the option to spend half a day soaking up the atmosphere and riding the iconic trails of the bike park, then soak your aching muscles in the Scandinave Spa.
On the last day of your epic mountain biking holiday in Whistler you’ll take on the “Top of the World” trail, part of the Crankworx enduro route, which will bring into play everything you’ve learned over the past week of unforgettable mountain biking in British Columbia!
Our mountain biking holiday in Whistler is for advanced+ mountain bikers with level 4 fitness; meaning you have a good level of fitness, exercising three or four times every week throughout the year, for up to an hour at a time. It also means you are comfortable mountain biking up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops. Further is means you can tackle two or three fairly serious climbs a day, up to 800 metres at a time.
(More advanced levels of fitness imply identifying with the following statements: You were born on a bike! You can tackle anything the trail throws at you and have experience of riding all types of trail and obstacles (large, loose rocks, roots, drop-offs, logs, north shore). You take every opportunity you can to get out on your bike, in all weathers, and you’re happy to ride all day long.)
Day 1 – Arrival in Whistler Village
Your mountain bike guide will greet you at Vancouver airport and transfer you to your chalet accommodation in Whistler village.
When we arrive at our home-from-home we’ll build and tune bikes, settle in, and then relax in the jacuzzi. Depending on your arrival time, we may be able to fit in a short warm-up ride.
In the evening we’ll head into town to have dinner and a few beers in one of the many great local restaurants.
Day 2 – Whistler Valley trails
After a hearty breakfast prepared by your hosts, we’ll gather in the bike garage to get ready for your first big day on the bike in BC.
Your expert local guide will start off with a short skills training session in Lost Lake to ensure that everyone has the confidence and ability to make the most of their time in Whistler. You’ll cover skills like braking efficiently, riding roots, cornering and tackling drops and rock rolls while out on the ‘Zappa Trails’.
We’ll have lunch in town, then cross the valley to see what the west side has to offer. These trails feel much more remote, with less bike traffic, and you’ll feel a million miles away from the buzz of the bike park. Fewer people to share these awesome trails with – bonus!
Day 3 – South to Squamish
Now that we have had our first taste of the local trails it’s time to head down to Squamish and sample the best of the area. Our drive down to Squamish (app. 45 minutes) along the Sea to Sky highway is home to some of the most luscious and flowing trails you’ve ever ridden!
Bright green moss lines the edge of the trails and hangs from the trees as you rip through the coastal rainforest.
With a full day of riding in Squamish we will finish up on the patio of your guide’s favourite dinner spot for a big meal and cold drinks. We’ll savour a full day in Squamish before making our short return to our Whistler home.
Day 4 – Whistler Valley II
Unlike most movie sequels, your second day of riding in the Whistler Valley will be even better than the first, leaving you itching to see part III!
We’ll set off from our chalet and discover more technical climbs and tricky descents, as well as that beautiful, flowing singletrack that we all love so much! You’ll weave through forests of cedar as wide as a small family car, down short ladder bridges, and rolling over rocks. No matter what you like to ride, there’s something for everyone today!
At the end of the day we can drop into Olympic Park at the heart of Whistler village and enjoy some delicious pastries from the local bakery, whilst watching life roll by.
Day 5 – Float plane ride + Chilcotins
Today is a real wish-list day! After breakfast we’ll load up on our bikes and spin just 10 minutes down the road to Green Lake where our floatplane will be awaiting.
Get your cameras ready for the most exhilarating bike uplift service ever as we fly over numerous glaciers, waterfalls, deep canyons and into an entirely new mountain range called the Chilcotin Mountains! This is the ultimate way to go directly from Whistler to our trail set at the edge of a lake deep in the mountains. There are no roads out here so good thing we have our bikes!
Touching down on the lake we will unload our bikes and head out on beautiful ribbons of singletrack through meadows of wildflowers, over alpine mountain passes and eventually down to another stunning lake.
Wrap up this ultimate day with dinner on the patio of a mountain lodge and then load up for our floatplane trip back to Whistler.
Day 6 – Rest day or optional Whistler bike park and spa experience
Today you have the option of taking a break from the bike and having a day off to do as much or as little as you want.
You could choose to spend a morning at the bike park, experiencing the fast, flowing, grin-inducing mountain biking trails, followed by an afternoon in the Scandinave Spa to soothe your aching muscles in the hot baths and steam. A day’s lift pass is CAD$61 and the spa experience starts from CAD$58.
You can, of course, just chill in town or at the bike park, doing some people-watching, or read a book and spend time in the jacuzzi at your chalet – it’s up to you!
Day 7 – Top of the World Trail
This is your final day of riding in Whistler, and we’ve saved the best ’til last!
Our uplift service of choice today will be the chair lift and gondola, which will take us to the top of Whistler mountain, to a height of 2181m. The view at the top will take your breath away as you gaze over dazzling glaciers, majestic mountains, emerald green lakes, and seemingly endless forests.
After taking numerous photos we get down to the business of tackling one of the trails that make up the CrankWorx enduro route. This trail lures us from high in the alpine, through imposing cedar forests, before finally spitting us out at the Whistler Brewing Company for a celebratory beer tasting session!
We’ll enjoy our final meal together in the Alta Bistro and toast an unforgettable week of mountain biking in Whistler and BC.
Day 8 – Departure
Sadly, today we pack our bikes, say our farewells and return you to Vancouver airport for your journey home.