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    We planned to return to Whistler for our family vacation this year. We bring a small travel trailer for our trips which means finding camping.

    I was really hoping to visit the week before Crankworx to avoid the crowds, but all of the campgrounds were booked then. I was able to find reservations at the Whistler RV Park where we've stayed in the past and really like it. Unfortunately, it will be during the week of Crankworx.

    Any tips for avoiding the worst of the crowds? We'll probably spend a day or two in the bike park (planned around CW events) and then non-park trails the rest of the time.

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    The days to really avoid at the park are the days with the downhill and slopestyle competitions as the lifts are packed full of competitors with their bikes headed to the top and the base of the park is the spectating areas which can be cheek to jowl if the weather is nice. Those are days to ride the trails out of the park or make the drive to Squamish or Pemberton and ride trails away from madness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    The days to really avoid at the park are the days with the downhill and slopestyle competitions as the lifts are packed full of competitors with their bikes headed to the top and the base of the park is the spectating areas which can be cheek to jowl if the weather is nice. Those are days to ride the trails out of the park or make the drive to Squamish or Pemberton and ride trails away from madness.
    Thanks!

    We are planning to ride Squamish on this trip. For the park days, we'll avoid the Slopestyle and DH days. We'll also use the Creekside gondola.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    The days to really avoid at the park are the days with the downhill and slopestyle competitions as the lifts are packed full of competitors with their bikes headed to the top and the base of the park is the spectating areas which can be cheek to jowl if the weather is nice. Those are days to ride the trails out of the park or make the drive to Squamish or Pemberton and ride trails away from madness.
    I was about to ask this question as I might be able to take a sneaky trip there soon.

    Do you mean Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th?

    In general are the crowds just insane during this time or can they be avoided by staying up in Garbo Zone and Creekside?

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    What you want to do is avoid the area at the base of the mountain in the Village. Cuz, ya, kinda insane on the big event days like the Slopestyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by human642 View Post
    I was about to ask this question as I might be able to take a sneaky trip there soon.

    Do you mean Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th?

    In general are the crowds just insane during this time or can they be avoided by staying up in Garbo Zone and Creekside?
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    What about the rest of the week? The main chunk of my stay would be the week of crankworx but I will most likley ride park on weekdays and take a break and or ride valley trails on the weekend.

    Can I avoid the crowds by staying up in Garbo Zone and Creekside?

    Also isn't it possible to stay at creekside and catch the creekside gondola up and back to accomidation each day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by human642 View Post
    What about the rest of the week? The main chunk of my stay would be the week of crankworx but I will most likley ride park on weekdays and take a break and or ride valley trails on the weekend.

    Can I avoid the crowds by staying up in Garbo Zone and Creekside?

    Also isn't it possible to stay at creekside and catch the creekside gondola up and back to accomidation each day?
    Yeah avoid some of the crowds on Garbo and creek, also riding in the evenings will help (a bit).

    It's the busiest time of the year and all during the week there's closures for all the different races, so it's hectic.

    And yeah you can start your day from the creekside gondola and ride out to creek at the end, keep in mind garbo and creek gondola close at 7 and fitz is 8.

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    I think I am willing to put up with it for another trip to whistler ill be using the singles line the whole time too so I guess that will help.

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    Planning on getting to Whistler Aug 11 mid afternoon and leaving late afternoon Tues Aug 14. Looks like on the Crankworx schedule that its mostly enduro the first couple days and some Garbo DH starting on Tues. Iím assuming things will maybe be not quite as insane as later in the week...is that reasonable?

    Also, do they shut down trails just for the races, or also during the practice blocks?

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    Both the EWS and Garbo DH have the potential to close down a bunch of trails in the Garbo and Creek zones. Creek will probably be the quietest place. I'm not sure if the EWS course has been released yet? The EWS will also impact an area or two out of the park as well, but could be avoided with a bit of planning to ride other areas of town. The trails that will be being raced on will sometimes be trashed even before practice as competitors will be here early getting runs in.

    If you're staying at Whistler RV you're basically halfway between Whis & Squamish already. If it's too hectic here or the trail closures look like they'll impact you more than you want them to, Squam is a great alternative. I live in Whistler but I ride Squamish almost as often, albeit more in the colder months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicoli View Post
    Both the EWS and Garbo DH have the potential to close down a bunch of trails in the Garbo and Creek zones. Creek will probably be the quietest place. I'm not sure if the EWS course has been released yet? The EWS will also impact an area or two out of the park as well, but could be avoided with a bit of planning to ride other areas of town. The trails that will be being raced on will sometimes be trashed even before practice as competitors will be here early getting runs in.

    If you're staying at Whistler RV you're basically halfway between Whis & Squamish already. If it's too hectic here or the trail closures look like they'll impact you more than you want them to, Squam is a great alternative. I live in Whistler but I ride Squamish almost as often, albeit more in the colder months.
    Thanks for the info!

    Yeah, we're planning on some Squamish riding, but the kid really wants to do the bike park (lifts). Also, much of Squamish may be too much for the wife to ride.

    I have to check the Crankworx schedule to see if I can find a day to take the kid up to TOTW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    Also, much of Squamish may be too much for the wife to ride.
    Squamish has more easy options than whistler (if you don't include the bike park)

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    Can you guys recommend any family-friendly rides in Squamish?

    Finally going to ride there on Sunday.

    Also, I got tickets for my son and I to ride TOTW on next Thursday. Really looking forward to that.
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    By Family friendly do you mean non-technical, or minimal elevation gain? Or both? What duration of ride are you after? If there's a kids along then Jack's trail at Alice Lake is great as an out and back (2km one way), not very technical trail surface, not huge elevation change, and mostly in the shade. And when you get back you can dive into the lake.

    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/jacks/

    If the wife is along but not the kids, then Wonderland just off the highway at the entrance to Alice Lake is great, again, not huge elevation change, not very technical, but fun and interesting. You can cross the highway at the south end and ride back north through the easy trails on the west side of the highway in the woods ( Sweet Judy, Rusty Bucket, Larry's Loop. Not the gravel bike path immediately along the highway). If the wife has moderate skills, start on White Rabbit before Wonderland, that's always fun. If traffic is busy, getting across the highway at the Alice Lake turnoff can be a challenge.

    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/wonderland/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/white-rabbit-0/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/sweet-judy/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/rusty-bucket-9924/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/larry-s-loop-9923/

    If elevation gain is acceptable, then ride up the Alice Lake access road to the Bob McIntosh Memorial Trail and climb Rock and Roll, then ride Rob's Corners and Cliff's Corners under the power line (you will be amazed at how many turns they can cram into a short distance). Then you can take the Mashiter access road around the south end of the area and come back up and ride Jack's Trail north to the parking lot.

    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/bo...tosh-memorial/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/rock-n--roll/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/rob-s-corners-3524/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/cliff-s-corners-3525/
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    Those are the great easy options, but with the fact that you plan on riding top of the world with your son his abilities should be well above those trails. Maybe check out full and half Nelson, angry midget, psuedo tsuga, for high speed blue/easy black. Leave of absence, Rupert for neat rock slabs (LOA being the easier of those two). Those are all fun and I think anyone riding top of the world should handle all of those... There's a lot more I could list the number of good trails in Squamish is crazy.

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    Crankworx have updated trail info for the EWS race

    The Whistler EWS course has been announced so be aware of the following trails affected this week:

    Microclimate, Crazy Train, Heavy Flow, Hind Sight, Tunnel Vision.

    Training Fri Aug 10 and Sat Aug 11. Race day Sun Aug 12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin267 View Post
    Those are the great easy options, but with the fact that you plan on riding top of the world with your son his abilities should be well above those trails. Maybe check out full and half Nelson, angry midget, psuedo tsuga, for high speed blue/easy black. Leave of absence, Rupert for neat rock slabs (LOA being the easier of those two). Those are all fun and I think anyone riding top of the world should handle all of those... There's a lot more I could list the number of good trails in Squamish is crazy.
    My son's a great rider. The limiting factor here will be my wife.

    We should be fine with upper and lower nelson. LOA rock slabs sounds awesome.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    By Family friendly do you mean non-technical, or minimal elevation gain? Or both? What duration of ride are you after? If there's a kids along then Jack's trail at Alice Lake is great as an out and back (2km one way), not very technical trail surface, not huge elevation change, and mostly in the shade. And when you get back you can dive into the lake.

    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/jacks/

    If the wife is along but not the kids, then Wonderland just off the highway at the entrance to Alice Lake is great, again, not huge elevation change, not very technical, but fun and interesting. You can cross the highway at the south end and ride back north through the easy trails on the west side of the highway in the woods ( Sweet Judy, Rusty Bucket, Larry's Loop. Not the gravel bike path immediately along the highway). If the wife has moderate skills, start on White Rabbit before Wonderland, that's always fun. If traffic is busy, getting across the highway at the Alice Lake turnoff can be a challenge.

    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/wonderland/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/white-rabbit-0/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/sweet-judy/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/rusty-bucket-9924/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/larry-s-loop-9923/

    If elevation gain is acceptable, then ride up the Alice Lake access road to the Bob McIntosh Memorial Trail and climb Rock and Roll, then ride Rob's Corners and Cliff's Corners under the power line (you will be amazed at how many turns they can cram into a short distance). Then you can take the Mashiter access road around the south end of the area and come back up and ride Jack's Trail north to the parking lot.

    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/bo...tosh-memorial/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/rock-n--roll/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/rob-s-corners-3524/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/cliff-s-corners-3525/
    I have Trailforks on my phone, but wasn't sure which trails would be best for them. These suggestions are awesome!

    Thanks you so much. If you're around the area on Sunday, beer's on me.
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    Are those trails and top of the world closed all day for all three of those days?

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