Valley trails and Whistler Bike Park conditions – Whistler, BC July 29, 2013.
It’s now been a month since the last rains and we’re faced with a new challenge that’s unusual for locals; powdery dry trails! Fire conditions are EXTREME. This means what it means; high risk of fires. As well as trails, snow has receded from all but the higher alpine so alpine flowers are blooming. Horseflies and mosquitoes are also having a wonderful time so your buddy with a flat tire will have be entertained while she/he is doing trailside repairs.
Bike Park lower mountain
As expected trails are dusty. But even the usually slippery wood is ego-boosting. Trail crew’s done a fantastic job on the lower angle trails (not much can be done with higher angle trails or braking bumps when its this dry) so seek out trails with shade if you want to keep it smooth.
Bike Park Garbanzo and Top of the World
As of this week, some of the higher portions of the Garbo trails are closed due to maintenance on the Red Chair’s lift towers and infrastructure. Notably, Blue Velvet has been a smash hit. Expect lots of traffic on it on the weekends and remember we’re all in this to have fun so chill. Predictably, the double blacks and steeps are less crowded and also have terrific traction due to it being so dry. Now’s the time for you to clean Goat’s Gully.
Top of the World‘s alpine flowers are in full force.
Coffee and cake to start the day
Alpine flowers are out
Alpine meadows and the Black Tusk
Yet more stunning views
Pick the trails which are usually a little damp and a bit soggy and they’ll still be tacky and ride well when its this dry. These were on Yummy Nimby and Comfortably Numb.
Forecast still shows no rain so enjoy the cycle of bike riding and lake dipping.
Saturated green colours
Turner Czar on the rocks
Yet more rock faces
Requisite punch climbs on Comfortably Numb
Natural rock berms