Riding SafeBike Safety Information
ALL RIDERS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
Injuries are a common and expected part of mountain-biking. We strongly suggest that full face helmets, full length gloves, biking armor and a full suspension bike be used in the Bike Park. If you are new to the mountain-biking program at Whistler Blackcomb, or the Parent or Guardian of a younger rider, please familiarize yourself with the Bike Park and the mountain-biking activities we offer. Introductory mountain-biking lessons and beginner mountain-biking terrain are available and recommended. More challenging terrain and features should not be attempted unless the rider has the appropriate skills, experience and equipment to effectively negotiate such trail sections.
Please speak to Guest Services for more information regarding mountain-biking at Whistler Blackcomb.
We would like to remind people to carry a mobile phone and have a local emergency contact available. We also recommend that you do not ride alone in the Bike Park.
You should save the Bike Park Patrol number in your mobile phone.
- Bike Park Patrol: 604-935-5555
Bike Park Policies
- Children under 5 yrs are not permitted in the Bike Park (unless under special circumstances as part of a Whistler Blackcomb lesson, accompanied by a Whistler Blackcomb instructor)
- Children 5-12 are required to be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian (19yrs or older) when riding in the Bike Park.
- Children 13-15 are strongly recommended to be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian (19yrs or older) when riding in the Bike Park.
The parent or guardian must sign the Bike Park waiver for the Child. Refer to the Ability Level Guide.
Ensure that your suspension is tuned properly and is set up for your body weight and riding ability.
All bikes riding in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park must have one functioning brake per wheel. This keeps dirt jump bikes, BMX, kids with coaster brakes and beach cruisers off the trails but allows regular mountain bikes and mountain unicycles to ride on the hill.
All bikes must have a functioning back brake to access the Airdome. Brakeless BMX bikes are not permitted and the practice of taping brakes on will not be tolerated hence the "functioning" clause.
Bikes are permitted on the Village Gondola, Fitzsimmons Chair and Garbanzo Chair. Boarding the lift requires significant strength when loading a bike and children may require assistance. The Garbanzo Chair is NOT recommended for children as the level of difficulty and length of the trails is considerably more difficult than the lower park.
Protective clothing and equipment is mandatory for young riders. The best protection from abrasion requires a properly fitted full-faced helmet, gloves, long pants, long sleeves, leg armour, arm armour and solid running shoes.
The Bike Park trails are specifically designed for full suspension mountain bikes. The trails are rocky, bumpy and become much more difficult without high quality suspension. Without full suspension, fatigue becomes a factor much sooner. The steep grades necessitate disc brakes for adequate stopping power. Cantilever brakes will increase the fatigue factor as more effort will be required to maintain control. All Bike Park participants should ride a properly sized bike and should be able to stand over the seat with their feet flat on the ground. A bike that is too large or with a high seat post increases the risk of injury.
The level of risk increases with the level of difficulty. Black trails often have significant drops and jumps that require skill and experience to navigate. Many difficult trails have a "filter" feature at the top designed to keep riders with insufficient skills off trails that will be beyond their ability, do not ride around these features. Young riders become a hazard to other riders if they are unable to ride a trail or move out of the way. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times and should be monitored for fatigue regularly.
MOUNTAIN BIKE CHECKLIST
The trails of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park are rough and demanding on both the bike and body. Before riding always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic. Helmets are mandatory in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
MOUNTAIN BIKERS RESPONSIBILITY CODE
We want you to be safe on the mountain. Read our Mountain Responsibility Code so you can enjoy your time at Whistlerblackcomb's Mountain Bike Park.
Be safety conscious, it's your responsibility.