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The Whistler Valley is a perfect place to take a mountain bike—you’d need months to ride all the trails here. Many of the locals have abandoned their cars for bikes, which in some cases are worth much more than their cars! You can see them scooting along Valley Trail, a paved walk/bikeway that links the entire valley and is the resident bicyclists’ freeway.
Another popular place for mountain bikers is beautiful Lost Lake, two kilometers (1.2 miles) northeast of Whistler Village. On the mountain slopes, Whistler Mountain Bike Park (604/904-8134, www.whistlerbike.com, adult $40, child $21) is perfect for adventurous riders to strut their stuff. Using the lifts to access a vertical drop of 1,200 meters (3,900 feet), it features three “Skill Centres,” filled with obstacles for varying levels of skill; a Bikercross Course; and a variety of trails to the valley floor. Run the courses by yourself or join a group in a guided descent for $90 including bike rental.
If you didn’t bring a bike, not to worry—they’re for rent. Rental rates start at around $18 per hour, $40–105 per day. Backroads Whistler (604/932-3111, www.backroadswhistler.com) runs a variety of tours, ranging from an easy ride along the valley floor to a hard-core downhill clinic ($95 per person). This company rents bikes, as do the following: Sportstop (4112 Golfers Approach, 604/932-5495), Whistler Bike Co. (4205 Whistler Square, 604/938-9511), and Wild Willies (4240 Gateway Loop, 604/938-8036).
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition