Ages 6 - 12 years old
June 29 – Sept 4, 2015
Buy 2 camps and get your 3rd week free! Offer available all summer!
After a successful trial last summer we are pleased to announce that DFX CAMP will run for 10 weeks this summer. The groups will spilt their time between riding cross country on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and downhill on Tuesday and Thursday. Groups will ride all the over the valley experiencing all the trails Whistler has to offer during the Cross Country portion and once riders are ready will move into the Whistler Bike Park to develop their downhill skills. Under the guidance of our esteemed and professionally certified coaches, there is no better way for your child to experience the thrill of mountain biking in a supervised and controlled environment.
Our kids camp program offers lessons that will provide your children with the fundamental foundations to the sport, in groups that are suitable for any level of experience. From novice riders to advanced shredders, we keep the excitement levels high and the smiles stretched from ear to ear.
Groups available for Novice to Expert riders, this is not a beginner program. Groups will be spilt by ability and age with 6 – 8 year olds and 9 – 12 year olds grouped together whenever possible. Maximum of 6 children per coach. Groups may need to change on Downhill days depending on ability/experience in the bike park.
All of our kids camps include lunch and unlimited smiles.
Price includes 5 days of coaching, Bike Park Lift Tickets, daily lunch voucher for The Wizard Grill.
Bike Rentals with safety equipment (helmet, knee/shin/elbow pads & gloves) available in 5day or 2 day (DH only) packages.
Non-rental bikes much pass a safety check.
Safety equipment is only included with a Whistler Blackcomb rental but can be booked separately in-store.
Novice, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert.
5 full days of riding is generally too many for beginner riders.
|5 DayCamp program
||Monday – Friday
June 29 – July 3
Aug 31 – Sept 4
||XC days riding trails in the Valley - Monday, Wednesday, Friday
DH days riding trails in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park – Tuesday and Thursday
||9:30am - 3:30pm
||Garbanzo Kids - beside the Whistler Gondola entrance at the base of Whistler Mountain
|Sea to Sky Local Price*
9:00am - 9:30am
|Pick up vouchers, collect safety information, sign waivers at Village Guest Relations, Pick up Bike Rentals and Equipment.
Meet the coaches at Garbanzo Kids location. Coaches will assess your child's level and form groups on ability and past experience.
|Tuesday - Friday
9:30am – 9.45am
|Meet your child's coach at Garbanzo Kids location ready to ride.
|10:00am - 12:00pm
||Skill development and riding trails.
|12:00pm - 12:20pm
||Lunch at Wizard Grill at Blackcomb Base - Lunch time may vary.
|12:30pm - 3:15pm
||More riding and having fun. Time may also be spent at the lake or local playgrounds.
|3:15pm - 3:30pm
||Pick up time back at Garbanzo Kids.
Important Information about DFX Camps
- Lunch is provided. Lunch is eaten at The Wizard Grill at Blackcomb Base, which provides an indoor seating area to keep out of the sun/rain. Lunch choices include hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches and salads as part of our Family Certified menu options. If your child has allergies or dietary requirements please inform the instructor.
Bike with a minimum of 20" wheels, have front suspension* and hand brakes (front and back), no coaster brakes allowed. Disc brakes highly recommended. Bike should be suitable to pedal in the valley and go in the Bike Park on park days, two bikes may be used. DH bikes can be rented for park days.
Bikes need to be in good working order:
We suggest taking the time to take your child's bike to your local bike shop and get it tuned up ready for the summer. Bike shops are very busy at the start of summer so make sure you leave plenty of time to get this done before your child starts riding.
Things to check for:
Brakes – The brakes are working well, your child should be able to pull the brakes levers easily to bring the bike to a complete stop when travelling at speed. Your child should be able to reach the brake levers easily.
Suspension – The suspension is working; not leaking oil and can be moved up and down when weight is applied
Chain – is oiled and is free of rust
Gears – can be changed easily and do not skip
Tires – are not bald, have lots of tread left and are pumped up firmly
Bolts – all bolts and nuts should be tight and secure
* Bikes will be inspected on the first day of the program to ensure Bike Park suitability or contact the program supervisor in advance.
- A hydration pack is required to carry water on the trails.
- XC days - A well-fitting XC/half lid helmet, Arm and Leg armour and biking gloves o DH days – A well-fitting full face helmet, Arm and Leg armour and biking gloves, full body armour is highly recommended.
- Clothing – please dress appropriately for the weather/temperature. Shorts and T-shirt are fine with a sweater or track pants for colder days. Closed toes shoes are required, no sandals or flip flops. We will be riding in all weather, so please be prepared with rain gear and sunscreen!
DFX ABILITY LEVELS:
This program is not for beginner riders as children need to be able to ride trails all day for 5 days. This would be too much for beginner riders.
I am comfortable on green and easy blue single track trails, I can confidently use my hand brakes and change gears. I can ride and carry momentum through bumpy, rooty sections of trail without putting my feet down. I can ride down some stairs, wide ladder bridges and skinnys on the ground. I am comfortable riding longer distances (8-10 km with breaks) and I don't complain when pedaling uphill.
I am comfortable on all blue single track trails. I can maintain my momentum and ride through rocky, rooty sections both up and down. I have good stamina both up and down trails and can pedal long distances (10-15 km with breaks). I can comfortably ride raised ladder bridges, small rock faces and teeter totters. I know how to do a front wheel lift.
Strong Intermediate Rider:
I am a strong rider on all blues and easy blacks and I can ride all or most of the features. I am confident on this level of trail in the Bike Park and cross country. I ride at a moderate but safe speed and carry my momentum. I can do a rear wheel lift, bunny hops, a track stand, and small jumps and drops with correct technique. I am excited to ride steep roll downs, raised ladder bridges and technical trails.
I am comfortable at fast speeds on all black trails both cross country and in the Bike Park. I can pick a line through difficult technical sections, ride steep rock faces and raised skinnys. I have good technique and can carry and judge my speed to do medium jumps and drops. I am excited to ride long difficult trails and have good stamina for long climbs (15-20 km rides with breaks). I am prepared to be out on the trail or riding in the Bike Park all day.
I am confident at high speeds on all trails, I can climb easily up technical trails and ride all the features on black and some double black trails both cross country and in the Bike Park. I can clear large drops and jumps with correct technique. I love to ride and really want to push myself to be better and stronger on my bike.
For more information or to book call 1-800-766-0449