Two-Wheeled Dreams: A Whistler Bike Checklist

Whistler mountain seen from a bike trail

Two-Wheeled Dreams: A Whistler Bike Checklist

While March and April can bring powder and the snow base is looking stacked for spring skiing through May, there’s a few of us getting a little antsy for trail time and bikes have already been spotted on the Valley Trail, weaving between the snow banks.

Yeah, Whistler folks are crazy like that.

If you’re as keen on riding bikes as we are there’s no time like the present to start planning your bucket list rides. Here’s a checklist of classic Whistler biking adventures for inspiration, complete with ideas for all levels and types of bikes.

1. Explore Whistler’s Valley Trail by bike

Whistler Valley Trail Network

Chill time. Riders on an unpaved section of Whistler’s Valley Trail by Lost Lake. MIKE CRANE PHOTO


2. Take a chairlift and ride the famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Skier's Plaza in Whistler in summer

Bike park laps. Is there anything better? PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA


3. Try and choose a new bike for the summer at Thinkbike Whistler

ThinkBike Whistler

Ready to roll – guided tours at Thinkbike Whistler. MIKE CRANE PHOTO


4. Learn to fix your own bike with Whistler Adventure School

Whistler Adventure School Bike Maintenance Course

Class in session. PHOTO PIP CAMPBELL


5. Explore Whistler’s incredible cross country trail network (here’s a couple of our favourite trails beyond the bike park)

Spectacular summer shredding on Whislter’s bike trails. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA


6. Check out an off-road e-bike tour

Whistler E-bike Mountainbike tours

E-bike tours with a difference in the Callaghan Valley near Whistler. PHOTO Canadian Wilderness Adventures


7. Join in a Toonie Ride with the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA)

Whistler Toonie Ride

It’s the people who make the place. New friends at a WORCA Toonie ride. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA


8. Ride the Top of the World Trail on Whistler Mountain

Whistler Mountain and the Top of the World Trail

Enduro rider on the Top of the World Trail, Black Tusk in the background. PHOTO MIKE CRANE


9. Challenge yourself to ride the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler at the RBC Granfondo Whistler (the finish line feeling rocks)

Spectators cheer RBC Granfondo Participants Whistler

Cheers for the riders in the RBC Granfondo Whistler. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

10. Race on the Whistler BMX Track, where the views are second to none.

Whistler BMX Track First Corner

The first banked corner on the Whistler BMX track. PHOTO SUPPLIED BY WBMX

11. Come for Crankworx Whistler, the original, the biggest and the best mountain bike festival ever (2017 recap here)

Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler

Best week of the year in Whistler (for bike fiends) – Crankworx Whistler. PHOTO MIKE CRANE


12. Ride the Lord of the Squirrels backcountry epic loop on Sproatt Mountain

Into the Mystic –> Lord of the Squirrels – Whistler’s new backcountry ride demands stamina and smarts. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

How many items will you be able to check off this year? Only one way to find out – get ready to giv’r. Insider tip? Lock in the vacation days and book accommodation early – more $$ in your pocket for those biking essentials like new tires, whatever carbon part is trendy this year and post-ride beers.

You can find all the info you need to plan a biking trip to Whistler online. Stay tuned to the Whistler Insider for more biking news including our spring trail update. 

Pip Campbell

Pip Campbell

Pip has somehow worked her way around from being a snow-and-bike bum to holding a real job while also being outdoors as much as possible. She’s collected scars, bikes for (almost) every occasion, a small trail dog and a love of craft beer plus a rudimentary understanding of skiing, snowboarding, sketching, and the art of chairlift conversations. She currently believes a combination of gravity, snow, dirt and rad people are what make Whistler tick but investigations are ongoing.