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    Whistler Snowboarding trip...what about riding?

    I m going to be in Whistler from The 15 through 21st. Just wondering if there are any trails at lower elevations that would have good conditions for mountain biking? I will be renting a car so I am not afraid to drive a few miles. I will be coming up from Washington and plan to visit Vancouver as well. I would need to rent a bike and helmet to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    Looks really wet...I know the Pacific North West has been getting hit lots of rain...Mt. Hood actually had to close. It seems Whistler has been fairing a little better. I defiantly want there to be snow for snowboarding at the higher elevations. Some on other forums that there might be some trails that can be ridden at lower elevations that I could ride when I take a day off from snowboarding.

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    It looks like a couple of feet of snow on the ground off to the sides of the road at Function Junction at 600m elevation. I expect that unless you have a snow bike there will be at least a couple of feet of snow on the ground everywhere at Whistler. There might be some clearer trails in Squamish as there's some brown grass around Alice Lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    It looks like a couple of feet of snow on the ground off to the sides of the road at Function Junction at 600m elevation. I expect that unless you have a snow bike there will be at least a couple of feet of snow on the ground everywhere at Whistler. There might be some clearer trails in Squamish as there's some brown grass around Alice Lake.

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    Cool. I called a bike shop in Vancouver, they said there is plenty to ride around Vancouver. Are you familar with the trails around Vancouver? I am intermediate rider in places like Moab/Fruita. Are there any stand out trails in Vancouver that would be considered intermediate by Moab/fruita standards?

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    It's been extremely wet here in Vancouver, so the North Shore trails will be really wet and muddy. But the Bridle Path, Circuit 8 in the LSCR (short but fun intermediate), Bobsled should be snow free (although the temps are forecast to drop to 3C tonight which could mean snow up at the elevation of Bobsled). The wood roots and bridges will be wet and possibly quite slick.

    Here's a few shots of the Circuit 8 trail in the LSCR, there's a three loops available on this trail, this is one of them, not a long ride but you can link it with Bridle Path on Mt.Seymour and Bobsled on Fromme for a day of riding.

    Check with Different Bikes in North Vancouver, they have maps and advice available.
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    Cool thanks for the info. I will defiantly take conditions into consideration. From the pictures that looks like the kind of trail Im looking for. I like technical, but I haven't been on my bike since nov...trails have been too muddy to ride here so I will be a little rusty. This is going to be a one day maybe two day affair. It will be solo as well. I have always wanted to ride in the area and thought if I got a couple of days while snowboarding there that would make for an amazing trip, mountain biking and snowboarding in BC on the same trip..

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    You could ride and snowboard on 3 mountains in North Van on the same day. You can board on the Cypress Olympic site, we actually have snow up there this year.

    http://cypressmountain.com/

    http://www.mountseymour.com/home

    http://www.grousemountain.com/Winter/mountain-report/
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    You could ride and snowboard on 3 mountains in North Van on the same day. You can board on the Cypress Olympic site, we actually have snow up there this year.

    http://cypressmountain.com/

    http://www.mountseymour.com/home

    http://www.grousemountain.com/Winter/mountain-report/
    That is good idea. I might cut a day out of whistler and hit up some of those. Have they gotten any of the rain that PNW in US has been getting? Has Whistler been getting rain?

    I am asking because I am a little worried that I might have to change plans, the PNW in the US has been getting a bunch of rain, they actually had to close MT. Hood down it was raining so heavily. My plan was to fly in to Portland and work my way up through the cascades and eventually up to Whistler. If it is good up your way I might just spend the whole two weeks at Vancouver and Whistler. If not I may be headed to Colorado...

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    You'll have to check the ski conditions on those websites, it changes by the minute around here. The North Shore mountain tops are around 3900'+ so even if its raining at sea level it usually will fall as snow on the mountains, but we also get warm air inversions which means we can have temps near 32F at sea level and 50F on the mountain tops. The mountains here and in Whistler are also prone to fog outs where visibility can drop dramatically.
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    Yeah I have been checking the ski reports and watching snowboard forums to see what people are saying. Ski reports tend not to mention rain...at least the ones from the mountains them-selfs.

    Thanks for the tips.

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