Essential Summer Gear: Bike - Ski Mag

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Must-Have Mountain Bike Gear

Mountain biking is an easy way to get some summer vertical and keep enjoying the mountains after the snow melts. It's also great ski conditioning. Here's some gear for the trails. By Ramsey Bernard.

GSI’s BPA-free cookware fully accommodates two people’s eating needs. At just 20.7 ounces, this lightweight set includes two insulated mugs with lids, two bowls, two telescoping foons, and a hard-anodized pot with strainer lid. All cookware, fuel, a stove, and utensils fit inside the pot. Nonstick coating makes cleanup easy, the Pinnacle-series aluminum pot distributes heat evenly for perfectly cooked English muffin pizzas, and Teflon radiance technology prevents scratches. Our favorite feature? The waterproof storage bag doubles as a camp sink.  $60; gsioutdoors.com

Summer Gear List: Backpacking

When you’re out in the woods for an extended period of time the gear you pack is important. Here’s what we bring on backpacking trips.

We spoke with Jeremy Roche, marketing director for the Whistler Bike Park and general manager of Crankworx, a freeride mountain bike series, about Whistler Bike Park, which opens May 15.Can you describe the size and scale of the Whistler Bike Park? Jeremy Roche; The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is the worldwide leader in lift-accessed mountain biking—it’s pioneered current bike park innovations. We have two dedicated lifts, one supplementary lift, more than 50 trails, and 5,000 feet of vertical. The Whistler Bike Park is also home to the world-famous A-Line trail and Kokanee Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park: Opens May 15

Whistler Mountain Bike Park—the biggest freeride bike park in North America—is opening for the summer season on May 15. We spoke to Whistler Bike Park's Jeremy Roche about tips on downhill biking, body armor, and the best time to plan a trip.