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GMBN’s Travel Guide To Whistler, Canada | A Mountain Bike Scene Check

GMBN’s Travel Guide To Whistler, Canada | A Mountain Bike Scene Check

– Ah, Whistler. Whistler’s tucked in the heart
of British Columbia, Canada, situated north of Vancouver,
couple hours drive in the car. The closest airport to fly into
is Vancouver International. Now Whistler, is a all year
round, adventure resort, with world class slopes in
the Winter for snow sports, and then when the Summer season kicks off, these mountains flood
with mountain bikers. (upbeat music) (intro theme) Smack bang in the middle of Whistler is the infamous bike park. Arguably one of the meccas for
riders all around the world, to come to shred the gnar, and seek that adrenaline fueled adventure. But let’s not forget the
sheer size of this place, and beyond the bike
park where you can find the most stunning natural trails, that this planet has to offer, and if you come here at
the right time of the year, you get to witness Crankworx
festival of cycling, it’s amazing. (upbeat music) Well, believe it or not, Whistler was originally
called London Mountain because of all that, thick
low hanging smoggy cloud, at the base of the mountain, and then it was renamed back to Whistler because of that loud pitch of all those marmots in the valley. Interesting fact, London Mountain. Wow, a bit far from London. Even though it took fifty
years to come around, Whistler did hold the
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games back in two thousand and ten. That’s why, these rings are here. A little interesting fact about
the Whistler bike park is, back in nineteen sixty six,
they opened up the mountain, they opened it’s slopes, to skiing, and then thirty years later,
in nineteen ninety nine, Whistler bike park was born. They officially opened the gates to that. The seed for global gatherings was planted and this place kicked
off, it didn’t take long. Now you’ve got Crankworx
festivals happening here, you’ve got a number of
other festivals happening. You’ve got people coming
around from all over the world, to come to this spot, to
ride their mountain bikes. It’s amazing, I absolutely love Whistler. (upbeat music) Not a mountain biker,
or you’re looking to try a different style of mountain bike riding, well then Whistler has a
number of bike rental options. So take a day out of your
cross country regime, grab your mate, get yourself a big rig just
like this one right here, or if you wanna try a short travel bike, or an e-bike, the options are endless. Right, before you even catch that first lift up in the morning, go and make sure you grab
yourself a nice pastry, a good coffee, from a
number of these places dotted around the village. Tell you what, the banana
bread in here, is to die for. Tickets and prices, uplift passes, season passes, kids passes, all the passes for the
mountain, if you head on up, you’re gonna have to buy a ticket. So you can buy a one day,
a two day, a five day, a ten day and an all season pass. A one day pass is roughly seventy dollars. A two day pass is roughly a
hundred and fifty dollars. Then you got a ten day pass which is roughly at five hundred dollars. Then you’ve got an all season pass, which is about seven hundred
and ninety five dollars. Then if you wanna head up
to the top of the world, that’s an extra twenty one dollars. All right, so if you
don’t wanna do a full day on the bike park, you can
get two different options. You can have an extended play time, which is from three thirty to
eight p m, that’s close time, or, you can do twilight, and
that starts at four thirty p m, all the way to closing time eight p m. There are over two hundred and
fifty kilometers of trails, all accessible by uplifts. Five lifts to serve sixty eight trails. The bike park is split into five zones. Fitzsimmons, Creek side, Garbanzo, Peak lift and a GMC Pump Track. Across these zones are
a huge variety of trails for all riding abilities, offering 9% beginner, 31% intermediate, 34% advanced, 22% expert and 4% pro. All right, if you’re looking
into honing your skills, or basically building
up on your technique, there’s three different skill parks, dotted around the bike park,
such like this one behind me, you’ve got pump tracks,
you’ve got skinnies, you’ve got drops, you’ve got roll arounds, they also offer coaching sessions, from the coaches and guides
segment down at the bottom, which are gonna help you
build up your techniques, show you where you’re going wrong, and just basically take
you out onto the bike park and have a great time. For cross country enthusiasts and those who love to spin their legs, Whistler has an incredible
cross country trails, outside the bike park. (upbeat music) The combination, where are you gonna stay when you come to Whistler? Well staying in the resort
can be quite pricey, so shopping around, is a wise thing. But Whistler has a number of places from camping to air b n
b, to hostel to hotels. You can even stay out of the resort and catch the bus in
to save a few pennies. For us, well we shopped around, we got a rad bargain,
in the middle of town, those are perfect for us,
but just a word of warning, little word of warning, that it can get a little
bit loud, in the evenings. There’s so much more to Whistler
than just the bike park. You wanna take a chilled day, there’s so much more that
Whistler has to offer, from hiking to kayaking, to going to play golf,
hang out at the lake, or just going for a little
old hike with the family, if you’ve brought it. I’m gonna go hang out at the lake. (upbeat music) So there you go, that’s our
rough guide to Whistler. Hopefully this has helped you out, but if we’ve missed out on anything, please let us know in
the comments down below. If you love this sorta content, please give it a thumbs up, like, don’t forget to smash
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100 comments on “GMBN’s Travel Guide To Whistler, Canada | A Mountain Bike Scene Check

  1. Will you be making the pilgrimage this year when the park opens on May 17th? Let us know👇

  2. The riding is sick! but the prices are starting to push the local towards other trails in the area. Last time I checked peak season in winter your looking at $150+ for a day and summer your now over $75 it seems. I remember when $90 got you three days in the park.

  3. Here’s some advice from someone who lives there: 1. Expect repairs. I ride the park on a purpose built 40lb DH bike, and I’ve destroyed rims, a chainguide, a derailleur, among other things. Keep some extra money just in case. 2. Don’t just experience Whistler. On the way up to Whistler, you pass by Mt. Seymour, Mt.Fromme, Cypress Mountain, and Squamish. Definitely consider riding the shore. 3. DONT come at Crankworx, if you want to enjoy riding, at least. Crankworx is at the peak of the summer here. The trails have enormous braking bumps and certain trails are virtually beaches. Another big factor is the smoke. For the last few years we’ve gotten forest fires near the whistler valley that brings tons of smoke and can hurt your lungs. If you want to avoid it, go early July or early September.

  4. Its like youre Nostradamus predicting the one place I want to go visit this year and need information on.😮

  5. Get Ur gmbn tops water bottles and much more at gmbn store #neilthedad #daddydoddy #supersexymarytn #slapheadblake

  6. another video from whistler. how about making videos from mtb sites in europe where most can afford to go

  7. Love Whistler ,stayed there once with my Dad when we were Zip Trekking one day the next Whitewater Rafting and the night life love it .
    I said when we go back to visit my Dad in Vancouver i'm having a day in Whistler riding .
    Great stuff #GMBN

  8. Two week road trip MTB vacation in September with my trusty Hightower LT. 1st stop Squamish then up to Whistler for a Top Of The World wild ride then Pemberton🤗

  9. Will be there for Canada Day long weekend. Yearly trip. Followed by Silverstar. For those who don't know Silverstar in Vernon is also a great MTB resort. Lots of trails in and around Vernon and Kelowna (Canada).

  10. I’m going to Whistler this year and my question is should I rent a DH rig or should I take my SC Bronson? I’ve been told that my bike will take a good beat and will never be the same after Whistler. What are the pros and cons of hiring x taking your own bike? Also any tips of where to hire a good DH bike?

  11. Whistler is a absolute dream place to mountain bike, but you forgot to the mention the absolutely best off bike activity in Whistler – you have to go on one of the Zip line tours it’s fantastic 👍😃

  12. Can I buy a coil, takeout my air suspension and put the coil around it? I have a Santa Cruz Nomad and it has 170mm front and rear travel. I would let ppl from my local bike shop attach it

  13. For other under 18 peeps out there: there are some awesome whistler bike camps where you can go with your friends and stay there for a week and go riding EVERYDAY. I personally haven't done this before but will try this summer.

  14. The few times I have been to Whistler, it has been epic and I cannot wait to get back there.

  15. No free overnight parking anywhere near though. We had to park ages away when we did it. It was free though 🤙

  16. Hi GMBN Crew. I'm jealous of Your job, guys 🙂 Hope one day, to meet just one of You somewhere, and drink a beer to cheer great videos You making mates. So jealous… 😉

  17. Just booked 7 days for the 1st week after opening. Whistler has so many awesome trails and other things to do (as Blake described). This will be my 7th year in a row. Make the trek if you can! I feel very fortunate that it is only a 5 hour drive for me…

  18. Whistler is on my list of parks to visit fore sure, as a Californian, I make it a point to ride Angel Fire bike park in New Mexico, it tickles my fancy as the premier bike park for the region of the Southwest of the USA, if not the whole USA, and it can hold it's own against any park to ride! I highly recommend that place!

  19. Guys, this guide couldn't have come at a better time. I'm off end of June for 2 weeks to Whistler, all those tips were great.only thing was it would have been good if you included Squamish in the Guide as I'm planning of a few days there. Maybe next review??? 🙂

  20. GREAT info! We’re actually planning trip up there for Crankworx. Prices are pretty $$$$ but we’ll figure something out. Cheers👊

  21. 9% beginner and 31% intermediate trails – that’s what my son and I would be riding if we went to Whistler. Have any other lower skilled riders made the pilgrimage and ridden the greens and easier blues? People like us who love riding but will never have the skills to smash A Line etc.

  22. Great overview of Whistler guys… 2 more options — you didn't mention the trails on the other side of the valley, and you drove past a ton of great riding around Squamish on your way to Whistler. Keep on driving, leave the Squamish trails to the locals. Even though it's expensive, it's one of a handful of 4 seasons that's just as good in summer as it is in winter. 👍👍👍

  23. Rode downhill for the first time in my life in Whistler 2006. Couldn't even open the toilet door the day after my whole body was a mess 😂
    Now I have been waiting 13 years to go back but never had the resources or the opportunity yet.. Next year I have to go 😭

  24. At Blake, you should hit up the Coast Gravity Park some weekend. It's on the sunshine coast, one short ferry ride away from whistler. Some say it's one of the best parks in the world 🤔 I'll let you decide 😁

  25. Canada is massive ladies and gents .I’m on the other side of Canada. Whistler is 4335 km or 2694 miles from where I live. Yes whistler is know as the best. But if you can’t get to Whistler there are a ton of places just as beautiful and Gnarly in The true North Strong and Free!!!! Hey at the end of the day it doesn’t matter where you ride your bike as long as you ride your bike!!

  26. Yo Blake! Maybe you could do some videos about how you Train for general riding and stuff like that, and back health and posture, flexibility etc

    Also, rad video as per!

  27. Lived in Whistler for 3 years and heading back out for a week this summer. The bike park and trails are a must but the Whistler disc golf course is also a must do i think, it's free (need your own discs.), fun and as always great views.

  28. You said you found a place to stay in town, are you allowed to say where? or just shop around for a deal.

  29. This has got to be a year or so ago? Love how you guys can sit on a vid and then release it just as I'm thinking how much I want to go ride my bike in Canada! Expensive to watch? Yep…

  30. Too bad about the smoke. The views in Whis are some of the best when everything is clear.
    Tons of great pedal up trails- Check Lord of the Squirrels it is amazing!

  31. I've been going to Whistler every summer since 2014. The bike park is my happy place! Your riding will progress more in 3 days then at home. Some things I've learned: If you have a DUI in the states Canada does not want you in their country. Theft is a big problem. Keep an eye on your gear and bike at all times. Injury's are real. US health insurance does not work in Canada. Buy Canadian health insurance before your trip. Do not stay at an air BNB that does not have air conditioning. Do not drive thru Vancouver city during rush hour. Drive up during the night to whistler. Staying at a resort is expensive but I feel its better value if you want to feel like your bike is secure and you are comfortable. ( IE hot shower/ clean beds).

  32. Great show Blake amazing place !👍😎💥 Have you been to FERNIE B.C outstanding you guys should take a trip !! You will love it there ! Best skiing around & magic place !! I would live there tomorrow!!!!! 💥👍😎🌲🌲⛷️🚵👌

  33. Well I’m moving. Backcountry awesomeness all winter and biking, hiking, climbing, paddling all summer? YES PLEASE!

  34. Some people will stay in Squamish and drive into whistler. Also looking for off season like September/may/June or going midweek could also help with costs as they might be cheaper. Picking weeks where large scale event happen or don't happen will affect cost- ie during pemberton music festival, ironman Canada or crankworx will likely be higher then a week were a smaller event or no event happens. ( I've been told the bike park is very busy during crankworx as well.)

    There lots of great mountain biking to be had I'm told. ( I'm go for the first time this summer) . There are other places in Britsh columbia who offer similar mountain biking experiences like sun peaks which is the interior or silver star in Vernon which are cheaper then Whistler. I drive by a billboards for sun peaks daily and they just changed from skiing to mountain biking.
    Local bike shops in the Vancouver/Fraser valley/Squamish can recommend cool places to go too.

    I hope to go to whistler myself to see crank works – I live like 3.5 hours away from whistler but we will see this year because it so expensive. Finger crossed for no forest fires this year. Last year was really smokey.

  35. Hey, guyz! We're staying for 19 days, having only big bikes with us. But we really wanna go visit some of the trails around Whistler too. And Squamish aswell (by bus, 50 min away, right?). Is there anything we should consider to avoid any waists of time and/or energy? Or do you have any recommendations for first timers? ^_^
    Thanks 🤙

  36. That's not low lying clouds, it's smoke from forest fires. Last two summers have been pretty bad for the smoke. Hopefully this summer will be better.

  37. Moved from UK to Canada in 2017. Mountain bike is awesome here! and the nature is stunning. Canada = Biking heaven

  38. If you visit 2/3/4 weeks after crankworks they Slash the season pass by 50%!! You can save $$$s and it's usually quieter on the trails and cooler( It gets friggin hot peak summer!)

  39. Your channel has inspired me to go on dirt tracks. But I don’t have a mountain bike so I just use a BMX it isn’t as good but it works, not good though

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