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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.

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.

Jeremy Benson mountain biking. Photo by Eric Asistan.

Mountain Biking is Good for Skiers

Not that you needed an excuse to go ride. But it turns out, mountain biking counts as ski conditioning too. Pro skier Jeremy Benson tells us why and suggests a few good trails to check out.