Whistler Bike Park, BC – In 2012, the Peak Zone and the new Top of the World alpine trail were introduced at Whistler Mountain Bike Park, expanding the Park's vertical by over 1,000 feet for a total of almost 5,000 feet of riding, added a whole new layer to their already extensive bike park network. On Saturday, July 13th, this high-alpine wonderland is open for the 2013 season.
Whistler's Top of the World trail is one of the most unique downhill mountain biking experiences in North America, and perhaps the world. The high alpine trail combines the flow that the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is famous for with some of the world's best riding set against the granite spires of the Coast Range. Drop this epic trail on the Peak of Whistler Mountain and you have the perfect recipe for the pinnacle of alpine riding.
Beginning at the top of the Peak Chair on Whistler Mountain, the Top of the World mtb trail takes you through Whistler's insane - and visually spectacular - alpine environment and continues on to tacky smooth single track filled with built up berms, switchback corners and fun flowy descents along the way. A layer of soft tacky dirt covers the alpine trail as it winds its way through three climate zones including Whistler’s Alpine Tundra and Mountain Hemlock zones before finishing in a coastal rainforest. The trail winds its way down the back side of Whistler Mountain, dipping into areas not even open for skiing in the winter. It bisects HWY 86 and rolls along the Peak to Creek magnum opus ski run before cutting back over to HWY 86 where it joins the Garbanzo bike trails, Freight Train and No Joke at the wall ride tunnel.
Access the “Top of the World” from the Peak Chair at the summit of Whistler Mountain. The opening of the new trail adds an additional 1,091 vertical feet to Whistler Mountain Bike Park, bringing the total vertical to 4,946 feet. Delivering more than 60 trails and 4,946 feet of vertical, Whistler Mountain Bike Park leads the pack with more trails and more vertical feet than any other bike park in North America.
One hundred -fifty riders each day will be granted access to this special trail. “We want to ensure riding in such a spectacular setting is an inspiring experience,” says Brian Finestone, Bike Park Manager. Riding the Peak Chair will require a separate lift ticket which will cost riders $16 in addition to their Bike Park pass. The Peak Zone ticket will be valid for one upload of the Peak Chair and the trail is recommended for advanced riders only.
What kind of rider is best suited for this unique trail? “Top of the World is a technical downhill single-track trail and is suitable for advanced all-mountain, free-ride and downhill mountain bikers,” says Finestone.
Top of The World 2013 Schedule: July 13 - Sept 22
Operating Hours: 11am-3pm Everyday
Cost: $16 (all age categories)
How to purchase: Ticket holders can purchase at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations OR in the Roundhouse Lodge (Top of Whistler Mountain) at the Retail Traders desk. Summer 2013 Bike Park Passes and Triple Play Card holders can call 1-800-766-0449 and load directly onto their pass/card, go to Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations OR at the Retail Traders desk in the Roundhouse Lodge.