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    Hi, two weeks to go! First time riding the bike park in Whistler. Whats the rules (apart from slamming your brakes on with out any reason).
    How about queuing for the lift, best place to stay, rentals , etc.
    I have only a couple of days there so as much advice and planning is appreciated.
    Thanks
    Skye

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    Watch out for much faster riders behind you when you're on trails that turn out to be gnarlier than you expected.
    I'm a member of NSMBA and IMBA Canada

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    If you need to stop get to the side of the trail. DO Not Stand like a lemming in the middle of the trail. It's a good way to get smoked by other riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil
    If you need to stop get to the side of the trail. DO Not Stand like a lemming in the middle of the trail. It's a good way to get smoked by other riders.

    And hurt other riders as they crash trying to avoid you.

    A lot of people make a big stink about riders on the wrong trails, but really if you observe the
    aforementioned protocol you'll be fine.

    So to break it down for you:

    -Getting on the lift: easy. If you're a single guy get into the skinny line marked single (it's faster).
    When you get to the front, there's three bikes go into the cradles (roll on) and one gets hung
    up on the hook (left side of bike lift). Don't forget to make suer you're not hanging your bike
    on the tire stem (rotate your tire before hand). Some people like the bar down, other not, just
    remember to get your leg out of the way of the stopper on the bar (it'll pinch like a sob).

    -Trails. They are well marked green/blue/black/double-black, green is easiest double/triple is
    hardest. If you've been riding a while start on some blue runs like Crank it up > Heart of Darkness.
    Then if you are clearing all the jumps and maybe giving some style, hit up Aline.
    Not all of the "hard" trails are jump trails, so if you're not into jumping but you can handle really
    steep rocky/rooty gnar then trails like Original sin might be a place to start. By far the hardest trails at the park are the gnar ones not the jump trails (Goats gully comes to mind).

    -Speed. You gain A LOT of speed in Whistler A LOT. Remember that before you go to a harder
    trail.

    -Jumps. All the jump trails (aline, Dirt merchant and even the blues like HOD, blue velvet and
    CIU) you're adding jumping with lots of speed. A bad landing can clean you out an going slow
    will only get you landing on the flat of the table top.

    -Attitude. There are a few that have the "rockstar" 'tude, screw 'em. I've never personally
    experienced any of it (in the lines or even on the trails). If you're on a green or blue run and
    someone come flying up behind you and gets on your ass, don't panic, they can wait till you
    find a good place to either pull over or they can pass you safely. Places like AL and DM are
    a bit trickier, and you will no matter how fast you are will be passed by someone faster (unless
    your name is Brian Lopes). The bigger jump trails are pretty wide, so if you just move to the
    far right side when you hear the scream of someone elses hub come up behind you, you're
    fine.

    -Stopping. Don't stop in the middle of ANY trail. If you need to look at a stunt, pull your bike
    off to the side of the trail (in the bushes), and make quick looks keeping an ear out for those
    people that go chainless (all you're going to hear is the whir of the tires). And when you get
    out of the way for that person, you need to be completely off the trail.

    -People. I've met some great people on the lifts. I've had locals show me good lines and took
    me onto trails I wouldn't have thought about riding (and had a great time).

    -Water. There's a drinking fountain in the waiting area on the Fitz chair. Drink lots of water.
    I need a camelbak, others I ride with just drink a little every run, either way drink lots of water.

    Don't let any of this scare you, WBP is a great place and a smile will be plastered on your face for many days after you leave there.

    Have fun!

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    Hi thanks for the great advice. Looking forward to the trip. Only a couple of days though so the advice will let me concentrate on the riding. Thanks once again.
    Skye

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    One more thing, be prepared to be humbled by some of the girls that ride there. LOL

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    I think Kuaibullit nailed it, be very aware on A-line & DM, very, very fast trails.

    I was in Whistler in June for a week, and allthough I do a fair bit of DH riding in Calgary I took a measured approach to Whistler, got crank-it-up dialed before hitting A-line & DM, definitley helped to avoid any bad situations on A-line.

    I would reccomend hitting up Ninja cougar/karate monkey/devils club, awesome flowy, bermed up trails.

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    Make sure to leave a little time to hit one or 2 of the other Valley trails. Nice break from the park especially on weekends.

    If one can avoid it go on weekdays as less crowd.

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