Report From 7/17/16
Ask any local, conditions at Whistler right now are as good as it gets for mid- July. We have been blessed with daily rain showers, everything is moist and tacky, especially first thing in the morning. Thunder has been an issue: lifts have been shut down in the afternoon fairly regularly so get out there early! This also holds true for those wishing to send the freshly rebuilt Crabapple Hits, as it has been quite windy in the afternoons.
Lift lines were virtually nonexistent this past weekend! Between the Pemberton Music Festival and an unfavorable weather forecast, many bikers stayed away.
The mountain is essentially open 100% at this point! Peak Chair opened for bikes this weekend, for those counting vertical meters with the new WB+ app now is the time to get up there. There is still some snow according to Whistler’s website, so the top portion of singletrack is still closed and riders are being routed to the fire road.
Dirt conditions currently range from loose and dry on Family Cross to straight up mud on Fatcrobat. A-Line is running great all day long.
Lower Freight Train was closed all weekend, opening TBA.
Trails down to the Creekside base are open as well. The addition of the Creekside gondola really opens up options for those who are visiting, as all Creekside lodging is now easily accessible to those wanting to avoid the Village crowds. Lunch at Samurai Sushi and a swim in Alpha Lake are both mid-day possibilities! Creekside Gondola operates from 10am-5pm, weather permitting.
- Dusty’s Downhill: ADVANCED: Fast single track with lots of open turns on the ski run. Lots of braking involved, but fun enduro/DH.
- BC’s: ADVANCED: This is the last section of “Ride Don’t Slide”. Lots of classic technical BC-style singletrack with abundant spicy roots to keep you on your toes.
- Note: Both of the trails to Creekside are currently rated as DOUBLE DIAMONDS. Not suitable for beginner or intermediate riders. Whistler plans to expand trails in the area soon. There are 5 trails planned: mostly geared toward intermediate riders.