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    In all your excitement, dont forget your travel/medical insurance. Medicare may be covered for Canadians, but it sure isnt for visitors!

    Have fun!

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    Be aware. If you enjoy riding any of your local trails at all. You'll probably hate them by the time you come back from Whistler. Ignorance is bliss. Pretty much didn't touch my bike for 3 months after coming back from my Whistler cherry popping experience.
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    or those of you that aegoing out there for the first time,,,, and dont yet have any accomodation plans, i highly recomend bearbackbiking, Welcome to Bear Back Biking.
    they offer great packages, with fully caterd challet, so your breakfast and evening meals will be included, plus they have a fully kitted out workshop,(sponserd by pedros) and secure bike storage. also included in your package price is guiding and tuition,

    not to sure how it works for you boys in the states, but flying from the uk with bikes isnt to bad, it costs us 60 pounds return to bring a bike on the plane, they have to be dismantled to airline regulations though, tyres deflated, bars and pedals removed and in some sort of box or bag...
    we use the evoc bike bags, though they are quite heavy and expensive, they are well made and well padded. well worth the expense if your a regular traveller with bikes.

    as the others have already pointed out, whistler is mega mega expensive, your gonna get well ripped off, so allow additional funds, your gonna be looking at roughly 100-150 bucks per day to rent a dh bike. so if your going for a week or more then it's cheaper to take your own bike.

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    Not to mention $100 a day minimum to eat per person.

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    Whistler is awesome. However you have heard how hard it is on bikes, it's even harder on you when you crash. You have to really pay attention to how tired you are getting. Don't be afraid to call it quits and take it easy in the village. I've seen people who push it for "one last run" and end up wishing they had a beer with the group instead. Have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    Not to mention $100 a day minimum to eat per person.
    If you're eating three meals a day at a restaurant. Huge waste of money IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    In all your excitement, dont forget your travel/medical insurance. Medicare may be covered for Canadians, but it sure isnt for visitors!

    Have fun!

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    Yeah but

    Quote Originally Posted by Northender View Post
    If you're eating three meals a day at a restaurant. Huge waste of money IMHO.
    This past year we had grand plans of stocking up on food in Squamish and eating at least one if not two meals per day in the condo. Well we cooked one dinner in 6 nights. We were just too tired after a day of riding to cook, Spaghetti Factory was just way too convenient. $100 a day included 2 or three way overpriced canadian beers too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    This past year we had grand plans of stocking up on food in Squamish and eating at least one if not two meals per day in the condo. Well we cooked one dinner in 6 nights. We were just too tired after a day of riding to cook, Spaghetti Factory was just way too convenient. $100 a day included 2 or three way overpriced canadian beers too.
    So is Squamish the closest community to Whistler with a grocery store?

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    No, there are two grocery stores in the village but like everything else they are twice as expensive. I think it was $9 for a jar of spaghetti sauce.

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    everything inwhistler is so overpriced, because of the high rent the shops have to pay, this reflects on the price of the goods that the shops sell, at the end of the day they are all in it to make a profit, ( thats how it was explained to me anyways)
    yep med bills in whistler are super super expensive, it cost us 1400 bucks to get my brothers little finger popped back in when he dislocated it, i have seen other guests who have broken collar bones or dislocated shoulders and their bills have run into the thousands.... so make sure you are well coverd,,,,,
    when we were at the med centre last september, the receptionist told us that they dont deal with foreign insurance companies unless the bill is over 5 grand, so anything less than 5k you have to pay upfront then try to claim back. she said they have had lots of trouble in the past from foreign insurance companies, were they have treated people then the insurance company have refused to pay out, leaving the med centre out of pocket, hence why they make you pay up first.

    squamish is the closest place to whistler that has big grocery shops. there is a wall mart, and another shop across the highway thats cheaper, so if you are driving up through squamish, then it could be wise to stock up on food while your there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moosey View Post
    Best thing ever. I remember it used to take half a day at northstar before my hands were shot. Then i started heading out to a local hill and just riding. Nothing too rocky or tech, just riding down and hiking up. Spent 2 days at mammoth last year, my body held up fine, but i was just tired after day 2. Im planning on training like a mother this summer too...
    Yeah, squeeze tennis balls. Or work up to riding/braking at least 4 hrs a day, for the last month or so.

    Even with that, I usually end up taping my thumbs and sometimes using vaseline on my palms (lol, that sounded a bit off).

    If I stay more than a few days, I usually do 2 days in the park, 1 day "whistler XC" which is tons of fun, and works cardio, but not your hands. Lots of super techie trails to choose from, easy to get maps at the hotels and bike shops.
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    whistler certainly does take it's toll on both bike and body,,,, rest days are important,,,,
    we usually do a few hours in the park, in the morning, then go hit up some xc in the afternoon. we have done full days in the park,, but your body lets you know about it the next day, lol...

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    We're planning a few hiking/climbing days, so I've got a few recovery days built into the trip. We're also planning to grab at least breakfast stuff so we're not eating out all the time. We'll probably go to a restaurant for dinner though. Really don't want to spend any of the vacation doing dishes LOL.

    Mrs. B-Mac is planning several days of serious climbing, which is something that I have more or less no interest in. If you want to dangle off the side of a cliff by a rope cammed into a little crack, that's good for you but don't expect me to join in LOL. This is nice b/c I'll have a bunch of time to ride without worrying about her waiting on me to come back & getting progressively more pissed the longer I ride. I was worried about that at first. We're going to do some of the lighter climbing/hiking stuff together, but I have exactly zero desire to do a multi-pitch schlep up the side of some frozen slab of granite. The guides would have to haul me up anyway b/c I'm more or less useless when it comes to rockclimbing.

    Why does beer have to be so freakin' expensive in Canada??? Another one of the joys of living in a socialist country LOL.
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    Because our beer has alcohol in it and actually tastes good?

    Sounds like your wife will be driving to Squamish everyday she wants to climb. Not a big deal, just something to factor in terms of planning! There is tons of riding to be done in Squamish too, would be a shame to come to Whistler and not ride some of Squamish. Might be a bit more complicated with the bike rental thing.

    Cheers

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    Your beer tastes good?

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    hey i was just wondering how hard do you guys think I should ride my BigHit? what would be the max drop i should do on it? Marzocchi DropOff IV, FOX DHX 5.0, WTB Dual Duty front rim, and e13 chainguide are upgrades. as far as my confidence, I can do advanced trails. I've done a couple before and have taken up to 15' drops on my friends Trek Session.


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    beer is so dam expensive cause it's taxed so high... not sure how true this is, but someone told me it was the governemnts way of discouraging binge drinking, and the problems it causes.
    it's your bike ride it how you like, you know your limits and skill levels,,, i would have thought that you'd be ok hitting the glc drops on that, it should take most of the parks abuse. make sure it's well serviced/maintained before you go though...

    your mrs, will like squamish, the climbing down there is awesome, as is the riding. / hiking good luck and enjoy your trip

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    Am I the only one who cant read this whole thread? After Craigstr's video about "Oh Canada" theres some weird glitch and I cant read anything lower?

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    Some guy on Pinkbike recently put up a posting griping about top to bottom gopro videos.

    I've been looking up all the trails you guys have mentioned & the headcam videos showing the entire trail are fantastic! Excellent research tool. Screw the pinkbike guy.

    There's a drop on a trail at 7-Springs on a trail called Lo Pan that's similar to the road gap at the beginning to Fade to Black. Thinking i can pull that off. Basically a short gap to a nice steep tranny & the trick is not to go too fast. That step-up onto lumber doesn't look too bad either.

    The next few months are going to drag until the DH spots around here open. The other night, my wife says: "You'd better ride a lot of downhill before we go . . ." Were sweeter words ever spoken??
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    Quote Originally Posted by delirian View Post
    it's your bike ride it how you like, you know your limits and skill levels,,, i would have thought that you'd be ok hitting the glc drops on that, it should take most of the parks abuse. make sure it's well serviced/maintained before you go though...
    ok. I just wasn't sure how hard to push the bike. I just got it so I'm looking at it's limits. I can take alot and sometimes more than the bike. Yea I have it serviced before any trip i take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Because our beer has alcohol in it and actually tastes good?

    Sounds like your wife will be driving to Squamish everyday she wants to climb. Not a big deal, just something to factor in terms of planning! There is tons of riding to be done in Squamish too, would be a shame to come to Whistler and not ride some of Squamish. Might be a bit more complicated with the bike rental thing.

    Cheers

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    Hey Buzz - 15 years ago I would have agreed with you wholeheartedly, but the USA has finally progressed past our "swill in a can" past! (there was much rejoicing) We've got some domestic breweries turning out some great stuff nowadays. Founders, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head & Stone are a few of my favorite domestic breweries.

    I think the wife's planning a guided trip, so we'll probably be taking a bus of some kind to the climbing. She has apparently made arrangements for me to dangle off the side of a cliff along with her.

    I've been watching a ton of videos of fade to black. I think I will view the trip as a success if I can ride that trail before I leave. Looks badazz!!!

    I've been having issues with the craigstr video too, but not every day. Strange. The video's really good though . . .
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    This video may offer a solution for packing your bike on the plane. I've done the same thing with my hardtail for a trip to Ray's

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-Mac View Post
    Thanks for all the replies!

    Definitely going to check out the links you guys provided. There's a possibility that some family (all non-riders except one) are coming along. If that happens, one of the relatives might pick up the lodging.

    Planning to be there for an entire week, so I hope to check out a good chunk of the mountain. A-line looks badazz, but I want to hit some of the rocky rooty steeps too. Can't wait to see what happens to my skills after riding there for a week.

    I haven't hit any drops above 5' or so yet, so I'm sure that some of the stuff there is going to be HUGE for the first few days until I nut up. I'm generally OK in the techier stuff though. Planning to train like a fiend this summer so I'm not TOO sore.

    Maybe a set of super-tacky or at least 3c would be good for this trip . . . They'll be munched by the end of the week but fuggit.
    I hear ya, right with your skill set, and just bought a bike that will handle it over the winter. I also scoured eBay for a set of soft compound Minion/High Roller setup for the specific purpose of wearing them into dust.

    I must say, reading all of this makes me feel fortunate that I've just moved to Bellingham, four hours away from Whistler. Yeehaw! Time to don the armor and get after it this summer

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