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 mountain-biking activities we offer. Introductory mountain-biking lessons and beginner mountain-biking terrain are available. 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.
The parent or guardian must sign the Bike Park waiver for the Child. Refer to the Ability Level Guide.
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.
Airdome: 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.
Ensure that your suspension is tuned properly and is set up for your body weight and riding ability.
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is a significantly different experience from cross country riding. The trails require constant physical and mental effort in order for all riders to maintain control.
Clothing: 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.
Equipment: 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.
Trails: 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.
Lifts: 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.
Questions: If you have any questions, please let us know and we will put you in contact with either one of our Bike Park Patrol or Bike park Guides.
Mountain Bike Checklist
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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.