Whistler Bike Park & Blue Velvet Trail

Riding the Blue Velvet Trail at Whistler Mountain Bike Park  

Whistler, Canada is world-renowned for its world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter. However, it is also an exciting summer destination. The Blue Velvet Mountain Bike Trail at the Whistler Bike Park is a mountain bike lover’s paradise. 

Riders from around the world love Whistler Bike Park’s unique, perfectly manicured downhill mountain biking trails. The Blue Velvet Mountain Bike Trail is one of these high-quality trails. Here is a guide for visiting the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and riding the Blue Velvet Mountain Bike Park Trail: 

General information about Whistler Mountain Bike Park: 

Whistler Mountain Bike Park is the perfect summertime adventure with over 70 incredible trails for all riders. If you can ride a bike, there’s a trail for you at the park. The park can accommodate beginner through advanced riders. You can take lessons from a pro if you are unsure of what to do! The park even holds specialty programs, such as women’s and men’s’ nights and kids’ camps, to entertain guests. 

What you need to know: 

Before you begin your biking adventure, you will need to prepare a few things. First, you will need a proper mountain bike. The park recommends that you use a downhill or cross-country bike on the trails. If you do not have your own, there is a rental service onsite.

Second, you will need a helmet. Helmets are mandatory for all riders, and you will not be permitted to ride the lift without one. Gloves, knee pads, and protective gear are also highly recommended. If you do not have these, you can also rent them at the park. 

Third, to ride, you will need to purchase either a lift ticket or pass. One day tickets cost between $46-80, and a bike park pass costs between $175-356. 

Why you would love the Blue Velvet Trail: 

The Blue Velvet trail is excellent for intermediate riders who want to test themselves. It is smooth and velvety like its name implies and is described as “fast and flowy” by riders. Whistler does a great job maintaining its bike paths, so riding here will spoil you a bit. Key features of the trail are frequent and large jumps, step-ups, and step-downs. Parts of the course are a bit steep so that you can gather speed.  Blue Velvet will give you all of the thrills of a more advanced trail without requiring the highest skill level.

What the Blue Velvet Trail is like: 

The trail is open between June 29-October 12. To get to Blue Velvet, you will need to take the lift to get to the Garbanzo Zone’s top. Once you are there, you will find the Blue Velvet trailhead. 

There is no need to peddle while zooming down the Blue Velvet Trail. Gravity pulls you down the entire way. The trail is filled with twists, turns, and jumps as you whiz through the Fitzsimmons Mountain Range.  Lush forests surround your path, and you will get a peek at some beautiful views. From start to finish, Blue Velvet descends about 3 miles from the top of the Garbanzo Lift. It is truly a remarkable trail that you will enjoy! 

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