Rides, Stops, Eats, Drinks & Yoga: A Mountain Biker’s Guide to Whistler
Whistler, British Columbia – a beautiful mountain town just two hours north of Vancouver is a mecca for the biking enthusiast. Amy, Liv Global Marketing Director, and Amalie, Liv’s Canadian Brand Specialist, spent the day exploring Whistler during Crankworx Freeride Festival. It was a super fun day to explore a beautiful area, have fun on bikes and hang out with a friend. Make Whistler your own… here’s a guide.
Morning meet up:
If coffee is your thing, then Mount Currie Coffee on Main Street should be your first stop. It is a charming little nook where you will find some of the best coffee in town, complimented with fresh wraps and snacks to fuel you for the day. The mellow atmosphere and local art hanging on the walls make Mount Currie something special. Our friend, Kate Zessel is currently on display, super talented mountain bike rider and equally talented artist!
From there make your way up the village stroll, past Olympic Plaza to the base of Whistler Mountain where a ticket can be purchased for “Top of the World” in the Whistler Bike Park. This all-mountain trail is perfect for putting the 160mm front suspension of the Liv Intrigue SX to the test.
Before embarking on your ride, make sure you perform a pre-ride bike safety check. That means, the ABCs! Make sure you have the right amount of AIR in your tires (between 20-35 PSI, depending on your weight and riding conditions, remember: the more traction you want, the less tire pressure you need); Check your BRAKES to ensure they are working properly (engaging before the brake lever hits the handlebar and not rubbing); and check to make sure your CHAIN is shifting easily into every gear.
Hop in the gondola and take the 20 minute ride up to the top of Whistler Mountain, it’s absolutely stunning. One more open chairlift and, at 7160 feet, the ride begins. The trail undulates through the high alpine against the backdrop of ancient volcanic peaks of the Coastal Range of British Columbia.
Take a moment to admire the majestic mountains and breathtaking views while whiskey jacks (also known as Canadian Jay birds) circle the skies above. Enjoy a snack, some laughs and a chance to smell the alpine wildflowers.
Although thrillingly loose and rocky at some points, the single track continues its fun flowy descent. Top of the World connects to the Garbonzo zone where the Blue Velvet trail leads to the lower mountain and back to the valley floor. This trail is bucket list worthy, and is worth the journey. Trust us, you will love it and feel absolutely exhilarated from the ride down.
The village is still buzzing when we return, in the alpine it felt like time had stopped. Crankworx events are still underway. For an after ride beer, head to the GLC (Garibaldi Lift Co.) and enjoy all the action from the large outdoor patio.
Before leaving town, we drop our bikes off at Whistler Bike Co. for some bike maintenance love.
After a day of shredding and laughing, muscles can get tense. What better way to round out a perfect day than with yoga! Ride your bike over to White Gold Yoga, just a few minutes from the village, to attend a power yoga class with Erin Anderson. She’s a kindred spirit to Liv and we loved her message of empowerment and strength. After basking in the day and an amazing 75 minutes of yoga, all that’s left to do is ride home, hop in the bath with a glass of wine and grin widely.
Happiness is being with friends on bikes.