Yep, it’s official: Mountain bike season begins May 16. Whistler Blackcomb is opening the Whistler Mountain Bike Park next Saturday “on whatever trails are clear – or can be cleared – of snow.” Pique News Magazine tells us there’s some new stuff on tap for the 2009 season:
New additions planned this year include continued expansions into the Garbanzo Zone, including more intermediate level riding, a redesigned slopestyle in the Boneyard area, giant slalom and dual slalom courses at the base of the mountain, and new lesson and rental packages for all levels of riders.
Almost new this year are sections of Blue Velvet and Freight Train, as well as an improved No Joke trail – all three of which opened on the last weekend last season.
Through June 19 season passes are $435; after June 19 they’re $475 (cruel – less riding for more $$?). More details at WhistlerBike.com.
This one is very high on the ‘to ride’ list for this year, probably not until closer to fall though with the work schedule as it is- very much looking forward to it.