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    Whistler Bike Park and trails conditions 2014

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    We are stoked to head up to there tomorrow night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    We are stoked to head up to there tomorrow night!
    Lance?

    See you there!

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    Looking to go up Saturday or Sunday. Weather is supposed to be nicer on Sunday.
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    someday i'll make it up there.... someday...
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    Quote Originally Posted by shwinn8 View Post
    someday i'll make it up there.... someday...
    stop saying someday....life is really short....get up there...just plan a date and go....you will somehow scrimp and get there...trust me...it is everything people say about it....I am up there for a week very end of July...plus sept sometime...it is worth it...just fvcking go
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    If I get stationed in Montana in 8 months.. it's game on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ButterBacon View Post
    damn...this set of videos has me wanting to hire a trainer, lose 10 pounds, run, ride xc, stop drinking, stop smoking cigars, no more late nights gambling and chasing hookers....I wanna ride
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    WBP day before

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    Dude. Clean those digits up a bit. Lookin a little crusty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS View Post
    stop saying someday....life is really short....get up there...just plan a date and go....you will somehow scrimp and get there...trust me...it is everything people say about it....I am up there for a week very end of July...plus sept sometime...it is worth it...just fvcking go
    This man speaks the truth..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ButterBacon View Post
    A fine list and all, but how in the world can you leave Goat's Gully off the list??
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbell View Post
    Dude. Clean those digits up a bit. Lookin a little crusty!

    Too many ski days!

    Opening day means new berms. Berms berms berms --- mmmmm. It also meant a few lines as everyone in this town or in the Sea to Sky corridor apparently took the day off in anticipation of the weekend's crowds.

    But it was sunny; it was good to see the same old faces, and to ride the same trails.

    Of course all the trail opening information is at the WBP website. 80% of the lower mountain trails are open.

    Have at it and have a season that doesn't include a visit to the Clinic!


    Berms, berms, berms


    Dry trails!


    From top left to bottom right: (1) The Goldstones are a fixture; (2) Lineups at CS weren't bad at all; (3) Conga line on Heart of Darkness; (4) Tom Radke starting another season of instruction




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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
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    Have at it and have a season that doesn't include a visit to the Clinic!
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    yeah I hate barnicles on the stock....clinic gave me a shot of penicilin and all was good....those badgers are dirty...wear a slicker...arrr
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    Spectacular opening weekend! The dirt was super tacky, berms were packed nice and firm and it was awesome catching up with old friends! Stoked the season is upon us!

    I even scored a pic of my Jedi on Pinkbike's "bikes of the bike park."
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    Vince, looking like a beastkiller.....awesome
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    Sure hope I make it up there this year!
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    The bike park's riding great. Literally deserted today like its been the past week


    Fanny pack fashion - jersey worn Gretzky style for bonus points


    Trail fairies hard at work


    Love weekday riding - no-one's around


    Peter Oprsal of bikepirate checking out the A-line squirrel catcher


    They made the GLC rockdrop a rolldown for you! Seriously though its now setup as a big sender. The other GLC drop is now a perfect floater too
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    Here's the GLC Drops now


    New GLC drop takeoff


    New GLC drop takeoff and landing. Note you can sneak thru on the left side but its still a small lift your wheel up


    GLC drops


    Hopefully this short little vid will help reduce the incidence of people walking up to the lip for inspection while the jumps are open and in play. Hopefully!


    You really don't need that much speed for it.
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    Thanks for the updates LeeL !!!

    Will be up there for my first trip week after next. Except for some momentary panic yesterday when I realized my passport expired last week (resolved by a "quick" run up to Seattle from Portland this morning to the US passport agency for an expedited renewal....aaarrrgghhhh) I think we're ready.

    LeeL - local knowledge and all that, do you think there's any chance they open the upper Garbanzo zone before the scheduled 6/21 date ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigdog View Post
    Thanks for the updates LeeL !!!

    Will be up there for my first trip week after next. Except for some momentary panic yesterday when I realized my passport expired last week (resolved by a "quick" run up to Seattle from Portland this morning to the US passport agency for an expedited renewal....aaarrrgghhhh) I think we're ready.

    LeeL - local knowledge and all that, do you think there's any chance they open the upper Garbanzo zone before the scheduled 6/21 date ???
    Snow's melting quick and I saw equipment up near BlueVelvet so there's definite chance it could happen but don't hold me to it. Wooowheee A-line got buffing and the huge compression to stepup at bottom is even more roller coaster than before.

    EDIT - just saw that Garbo opening date was advanced already so I'd have to say - not likely

    Off to Pemberton today


    Up the Nimby Fifty climb where some nice benchcutting has taken place probably for the race.




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    Thanks for the updates Lee. Heading up shortly for 6 days with my wife. It's our 3 rd time there and we are looking at doing some valley rides and/or Pemberton (Lee's pics make me think Pemberton over the valley) we will be bringing our trail bikes as well.
    Anyone have suggestions. My wife is kind of over the park. Looking for some all mountainish pedal up flow down stuff. This type of riding w/o crowds will make her happy

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    There's a sticky in the Western Canada forum with lots of info about trails. You don't have to do the tougher Valley trails. The Pemby trails are getting too dry and dusty right now fyi. Will type more in a bit
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    Spent the last few days at Whistler. Garbo trails are drying out beautifully. Alpine's still 2 weeks away. Valley trails running well too.











    Off to Valley trails








    Back to the alpine











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    Getting a bit higher on Valley trails to try to beat the heat but not really succeeding








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    This all looks epic. Props guys.

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    LeeL thanks very much for the continuing stoke! Looking at trying to drive back up in September for a few more days, still buzzed from last months visit

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    33 to 35 in the valley - ouch. 18 - 20 in the alpine so off we go to photo**** Top of the World

    Not Utah











    Not Wisconsin











    Not Saskatchewan













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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    33 to 35 in the valley - ouch. 18 - 20 in the alpine so off we go to photo**** Top of the World

    Not Utahmg]
    very nice Leel
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post






    Which trails are those?
    Doesn't look like you rode out the 2nd photo though...

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    ^In deep

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    Quote Originally Posted by PUNKY View Post
    Which trails are those?
    Doesn't look like you rode out the 2nd photo though...
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    Re: In Deep

    I need that in my life!

    Anyway, just got back from Whistler.
    Getting super dusty and hot up there.
    Didn't feel comfortable on the V10 all week. Felt I was fighting it, but I guess that is what happens when you don't ride a bike for a year (wonder what the Range will feel like then)
    Rode the Surface in the park friday evening. Rowdy as fuqt
    Chilled at the beach Saturday
    Got up early and beat the heat and crowds Sunday
    Peaced out early today as my 40 is spewing oil and the RC4 is getting revalved

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    40mm of rain in the last few days. Super tacky dirt.

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    Just back a few days ago from a week at the park. Fingers, elbows, wrists still vibrating from forcing 6 days of riding in a row. So hard to take a day off while you are there. Toward the end of my 5th trip, (1st time on my own bike), I still have my favorites I feel like I can't ride enough. Schleyer, Clownshoes (changed quite a bit from the beginning. Not nearly as tough, but good all the same.) Goats Gully, Fade to black is new to me this time, and rode nicely. A-line and dirt merchant even touting some new radness that made them even cooler. Finally took a lesson to learn how to jump properly from a dude named Duncan. He was great, and had me sending it in 1/2 a day. I'd just been surviving those trails before and just hoping not to dead sailor myself into the ER. Jump lines will never be the same, which is good!!

    Can't wait to see Crankworx. Course looks crazy as always, but better each time I am there to see one. Back to my local park in AK. boo
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    The Valley trails ain't doing so bad









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