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Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Crankworx Survival

Ride Guide
August 03, 2017

When the world descends upon the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for Crankworx Whistler from August 11-20, 2017, there is no better week in the summer to be fully consumed in bikes at all hours of the day. But with big crowds comes with the busiest days the Bike Park will see all year. So if you want to leave with a bag full of laps after an awesome week, here are some tips to stay fully awake even when you want to sleep:

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

1. Ride Early: Bike Park Opens at 9:30am DAILY

From August 11 - 20, the Fitzsimmons Express chair will be spinning full gas 30 minutes early starting at 9:30am. Upload on Whistler Village Gondola starts at 10am to Olympic Station only until 10:30am.


2. Start In Creekside: Opening at 10am DAILY

Creekside is far less busy than the Village and during Crankworx it will be the place you'll want to be to get up into the Bike Park right away. Take advantage of free underground parking and the Creekside GBB shop for any gear and mechanicals.


3. Lap Garbo: Opening at 10:30am DAILY

Like the Fitz Zone, Garbanzo Express will be spinning 30 minutes early throughout Crankworx to keep up with the morning lap grab. Once you're up, stay up as Garbo is typically less busy than Fitz. Garbo access via Whistler Village Gondola starts at 10:30am.


4. Take a Top of the World Lap:

The 5000’ descent that is Top of the World is a highlight on any day but during Crankworx it’s a great place to escape the heat and the crowds. Top of the World is open daily from 11am - 4pm. Upload on the Whistler Village Gondola begins at 10:30am.

NOTE - CLOSED Saturday August 12 due to Crankworx Challenger Race and Enduro World Series Training. No publuc accessed allowed.


5. Lunch In Creekside

No matter where you start your day, Dusty’s Bar & BBQ at the bottom of the Creekside Gondola is the place you’ll want to be to fuel up.


6. Take a Mid-Day Break

Cool off and ease the arm pump by not riding mid-day. This is typically the busiest time and you’ll need a rest if you start at first bell. Lost Lake is a short ride away and is a perfect place to swim and chill.


7. Ride During Events

Spectating all the Crankworx events is sick but if your lap bag is low, riding while events are on will help fill it up. Lift lines are typically lower and there are less people riding when events are happening.



Crankworx days are long since events happen well into the evening so make friends with the water fountains and pay them frequent visits all day long.

***EXTRA PARKING: LOT 6,7,8***


  • AUG 12-13, & 19-20: 10-8pm,
  • AUG 17: 5-11pm

Open specifically during Crankworx, the Excalibur Gondola which runs from Whistler Village to Lot 6 on Blackcomb Mountain, will be open during weekends and is FREE for everyone. Use this gondola to:

  • Park Free in Lot 6,7, and 8 on Blackcomb Mountain. NOTE – no bikes are permitted on the gondola.
  • Access the Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge Presented by RockShox on Thursday August 17 from 5pm – 11pm. Check out the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge

NOTE* Bikes are not permitted inside the Excalibur Gondola except for race plate participants of the Pumptrack event.


Bike Park



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In Deep

Crankworx isn’t a week to mess around with and you need to do it right in order to last the full 10 days. Follow these tips and we’ll see you bright eyed at Super Slopestyle Sunday with RedBull Joyride to cap things off.




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