The trip begins in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Meet your guides and fellow travelers at 3:30pm at our base lodgings. An orientation is followed by a bike fitting and test ride. High-performance, full-suspension carbon fiber mountain bikes are provided. Once in the saddle, we set out to ride on the Valley Trail to familiarize ourselves with both the bikes and the topography. Rocky and root covered, with both purpose-built and natural singletrack bike trails, the terrain presents unique challenges that our seasoned guides help us navigate. Dinner included.
Mountain biking: 15 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1355'
Heading out our front door on bikes, we make our way to the Lost Lake Trails, a notable collection of intermediate and expert mountain bike routes. These singletrack routes are favorites of mountain bikers from every corner of the world. Our guides choose the best trails for the group based on the day's conditions. The Zappa Trail Network and Cut Ye Bars are a couple of outstanding favorites. All meals included.
Mountain biking: 15 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1,355'
The trails in the Cheakamus Valley lead to some of Whistler's finest vistas and provide access to some remote areas—a big part of the allure of mountain biking. We will do a good deal of climbing today but all the work will lead breathtaking views. Bring a camera to capture the beauty of the incredible scenery! Tonight, we enjoy a celebratory dinner at a local brewpub and sample flights of local brews. All meals included.
Mountain biking: 15 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 2,159'
We pack up our bags and securely store them before heading out for a final ride. Today's ride will vary and will be your guide's choice depending on the learned abilities of each guest. We typically choose the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Bike Park (additional fee) as this park has unique challenges for all ability levels of the group. Apply your new or honed skills on one of the four zones or the pump track. Alternatively, our guides will help you find just the right challenge on the hundreds of trails in the area. We eat lunch at a local café and plan to return to our lodgings by 3pm. You will transfer to your next destination, or extend your stay to explore on your own. Departures from Whistler can be scheduled for any time after 4pm. Breakfast and lunch included.
Mountain biking: a local mountain bike park or guides' "choice" trails