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.
There are a lot of pros who ride at Whistler’s Bike Park. Can you name drop a couple for us.
JR: Brandon Semenuk, Andrew Shandro, Richie Schley, Thomas Vanderham, Geoff Gulevich to name a few
What’s new at the park for this summer?
JR: The signature Garbanzo Zone’s newest trail, Blue Velvet, will be completed (weather permitting).
Can you offer a good learner’s tip for people who want to try downhill mountain biking for the first time?
Try our Bike Park 101 program. Built for first timers, this program includes all you need to get the best first time Bike Park experience possible.
When is the best time to visit Whistler’s Bike Park?
JR: September is the hidden gem. The temps are cooler and the trails are tacky. But don’t tell anyone… (Editor’s Note: Oops.)
More and more ski resorts are building bike parks to bring visitors during the summer. But you guys started this trend. Are you worried about the competition?
JR: Competition in this space, similar to the winter season, is an important part of growth in the industry. We are strong advocates of Bike Park growth around the world.
If you’re not into body armor and lift-accessed downhilling, there are plenty of cross-country bike trails in the valley too—including almost 200 miles of single and double track trails spread out north and south along the valley. They’re all marked and mapped, similar to the Bike Park. The only difference? You’ll actually have to ride uphill.
To sign up for a camp, check out events, buy lift tickets, and more info on Whistler’s Bike Park, check out www.whistlerbike.com.