This is the first part of our 12 Months of Hostelling promotion.
By Ben Phipps
Waking up in the morning is usually a drag for me. Today however, I was dressed and out the door with the same boundless excitement that eight year old kids have on Christmas morning. I was heading to Whistler Bike Park for the first time this season and to top it off, the sun was shining and two of my best mates were coming along for the ride. What more could you ask for?
Whistler Bike Park has helped shape the sport of Mountain Biking to what it is today. With its vast trail network, Whistler Bike Park has something for bikers of all skill levels, making it the number #1 bike destination in the world. For me, Whistler is quite simply the Mecca of the mountain biking world, where every avid or wannabe mountain biker should experience at least once (or for me, hopefully 100 times) in a lifetime.
After my friends and I drove up to Whistler from Vancouver and onto our first chair lift, we started the morning on a nice warm up lap on Crank It Up. We had so much fun that we decided to do it again before heading over to A-Line to shake off some Whistler cobwebs to really get the adrenaline going. Dirt Merchant, Karate Monkey and Ninja Cougar were done in quick succession before we decided to head up on the Garbonza Chairlift and sample the upper trails Blue Velvet, Freight Train and No Joke. Check out our video.
By this stage, fatigue had set in and after another two runs down A-line and Dirt Merchant, the brilliant call was made for a cheeky pint at Long Horns in the Village. It was a perfect day and rivals any Christmas morning I can remember!
A year later and what a change it’s been! I’m back in Oz now after calling Vancouver home while on a two year working holiday visa from Australia. I have lots of memories of my time in Canada and Whistler Bike Park is one of the highlights. I took every advantage of my time in BC by riding in Whistler whenever I could. While I’m happy to be back home in Tasmania now, I miss those trails and the adrenaline rush of riding fast and hard. No worries, I know I’ll be back.
Where to stay:
HI-Whistler celebrated its first birthday in July; the new hostel has modern décor and state-of-the-art facilities, which include a fully equipped guest kitchen, large dining area, lounge, TV room, games room, laundry and café. HI-Whistler has four bed multi-share rooms and private double rooms both with ensuite bathrooms and TVs.
HI-Whistler is offering some fantastic mountain biker deals to tempt you up to Whistler this August; just bring along your bike and get these special rates:
- 2 nights staying in a 4-bed multi-share ensuite room for just $50 plus tax. Price per person.
- 2 nights staying in a private double ensuite room for $75 plus tax. Price per person, based on double occupancy.
Offers are valid until October 15, 2011. Offers are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Reservations are required. Call 1.866.762.4122 or www.hihostels.ca/whistler quoting code BIKE