“I live here for the biking,” says Bartley. “As things warm up, more and more awesome trails dry out right here in your backyard.”
Bartley isn’t alone — at the first signs of spring, many locals are eager to swap out their skis for mountain bikes, either for riding the local cross-country trails or for heading up to the bike park on Whistler Mountain, which typically opens mid-May. From first-timers to seasoned riders, anyone can register for lessons in downhill mountain biking through Whistler Blackcomb, while those curious in exploring cross-country biking can check out the local trails through the Fairmont’s Whistler Experience program.
And if you can’t decide whether you prefer to ski or bike — why not do both? “There is a really special period where you can get up early and go skiing or boarding for some fast laps on the mountain, then you can jump on your bike, head on over to the lake, or even play a round of golf in the afternoon,” says Kaastra. “Where else in the world can you do that?”
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