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Downhill Riding Skills Tips

Important Techniques For Riding The Bike Park
If you already mountain bike, chances are you already know how to handle a bike on off-road terrain. But if you’re new to riding in the bike park, there are different features and obstacles that aren’t commonly found on local trails. Bike park riding, especially at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, requires a new set of skills riders need to have in order to ride safe and to progress your skills properly throughout the range of our trail network.

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FOLLOW ALONG AND LEARN NECESSARY SKILLS FOR RIDING THE BIKE PARK

1. LEARN TO CORNER


Learning to corner properly is a fundamental skill with bike park riding. Throughout all trail types and difficulties, cornering properly will help you stay in control while carrying momentum throughout the trail. Built up berms are mostly found on Freeride type trails which progressively get bigger as you move higher in the levels of difficulty. Maintaining speed throughout the corner will allow you to find the right flow of the trail which is important when jumps or other features are next.

2. LEARN TO JUMP


Jumps are what makes bike park riding so much fun but jumping properly is a difficult skill to learn if you’re not used to being in the air on a bike. Specifically built jumps are found mainly on Freeride type trails and get progressively bigger with the higher the difficulty is. Before riding down a Freeride trail make sure you roll through to get familiar with the shapes of the take-offs and landings as each jump can be different. Once you have a proper understanding of the trail, begin with jumping small while progressively working your way to larger features. Once mastering all the jumps on a certain trail you’ll then be ready to work your way up to the next difficulty.

3. LEARN TO DROP


Drops are features found within both Freeride and Technical type trails starting small at the intermediate level but within the Advanced, Expert, and ProLine difficulties drops become mandatory parts of the trail mainly without ride-around options. The Intermediate and Joyride Skills Centres found within the Fitz Zone are perfect places to learn drops first in order to take this skill to the trails.

4. LEARN TO RIDE ROCK ROLLS


Rock rolls, or rock faces, are natural features found mainly within Technical type trails found more commonly on Advanced and Expert difficulty levels. Before trying a rock roll for the first time, inspect the face first to understand the unique characteristics of it as each one is different. Start small and understand your speed and stability before working your way to longer, steeper faces.

5. LEARN HOW TO RIDE TECHNICAL


Riding on technical trails is the truest form of mountain biking found all around the world. Technical trails make up the majority of trails found in the bike park and range from Beginner to Expert. When riding Technical trails, understanding each trails unique characteristics is important to know before riding through with speed. Unexpected obstacles will appear and it’s important you have the proper knowledge and skill appropriate for which trail you’re on. Start your day by warming up on Technical trails of easier difficulty before progressively riding harder trails.

MATCH YOUR SKILL TO THE RIGHT TRAIL

Know which trail you should ride by matching your ability to the type of trail suited for you outlined in our Trail Progression Scale. This handy tool ranks each trail from easy to hard while separating Technical and Freeride types. Use this to know which trail to ride next after mastering the one you started with.

Trail Progressional Scale
Know what trail to ride next with this helpful tool that lists all of our trails from easiest to hardest while separating them from Technical and Freeride. Learn More
Trail Map
Explore all four riding zones and every trail in the bike park with our trail map. Learn More