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Whistler Mountain Bike

Whistler and the Southern Chilcotins, BC

New bike tour in 2016 with Trek Travel!

Southern British Columbia is home to some of the most praiseworthy and iconic mountain bike trails on the planet, and we're headed to 200km of trails that cut through Canada's Coast Mountains.

Just north of bustling Vancouver along the famous Sea-to-Sky Highway and nestled deep within this mountainous valley lie the towns of Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, our destinations for the trip. You'll join us as we pedal Whistler's endless web of sustainably built all-mountain trails, take a dip in one of the valley's pristine lakes, and after a helpful skills session from your guide, sample a few of the lift-access descents that brought Whistler Bike Park its true fame. Ready for the icing on the cake? Grab your bike, hop on a float plane and head deep into the Southern Chilcotin Mountain wilderness for an epic riding adventure ending at the luxurious Tyax Lodge. It simply doesn't get any better.

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Daily Itinerary

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Day
1
Day
1

Today's Ride:

Whistler Valley Trails
Approximately 15 miles with 800 feet of climbing and 800 feet of descending

Avid Option:

Whistler Valley Trails
Approximately 18 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing and 1,200 feet of descending

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Aava Hotel in Whistler at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a short round of introductions, you guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in Whistler before familiarizing you with your bike and ensuring a comfortable fit. Today, you'll ride right from the hotel and spend the full day exploring Whistler Valley's expansive network of all-mountain trails. Afterwards, take a relaxing recovery plunge in the crystal blue waters of one of the many lakes surrounding Whistler Village. This evening your guides will fill you in on the details of the week during social hour, and afterwards, get to know your fellow travelers during dinner in downtown Whistler. Wind down with a cocktail and head to bed early this evening because we’ve got singletrack to conquer tomorrow.

Hotel:

Aava Whistler Hotel
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Alternate Hotel on Select Dates:

Hilton Whistler
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Ride Squamish
Approximately 18 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing and 1,500 feet of descending

Avid Option:

Ride Squamish
Approximately 20 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing and 1,800 feet of descending

Description:

Hero dirt is on the menu today. Along the shoreline of Howe Sound lies the mountain biker's paradise town of Squamish. After a short morning shuttle from Whistler you’ll get to explore deep into the forested backcountry and discover what makes this a world-class mountain biking paradise. Considered the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada", you'll ride some of the best purpose-built singletrack this legendary town has to offer. Tonight, enjoy a post-ride meal together in downtown Whistler.

Hotel:

Aava Whistler Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Pemberton and Whistler Bike Park
Approximately 18 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing and 1,300 feet of descending

Avid Option:

Pemberton and Whistler Bike Park
Approximately 20 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing and 1,700 feet of descending

Description:

Resting in the shadow of the Coast Mountains, Pemberton's under-the-radar singletrack network is second to none. You'll explore a selection of these choice trails in this semi-arid valley before heading back to Whistler for lunch. This afternoon, following a skills session hosted by your guides, hop on the chairlift for three laps of pure gravity-fed bliss at the legendary Whistler Bike Park. Tonight you’re on your own for dinner in Whistler; your guides, however, will have lots of great recommendations!

Hotel:

Aava Whistler Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Whistler Valley Singletrack and Transfer to the South Chilcotins
Approximately 12 miles with 700 feet of climbing and 700 feet of descending

Avid Option:

Whistler Valley Singletrack and Transfer to the South Chilcotins
Approximately 15 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing and 1,000 feet of descending

Description:

This morning you may choose to sleep in, sip your coffee and have a late breakfast, or rise early to pedal a few more miles of sweet Whistler singletrack. This afternoon, you'll hop in the van for a 2.5 hour drive to the South Chilcotin Mountains, a region that's quickly becoming known for its epic backcountry riding. Tonight, settle in to your wilderness retreat on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, the Tyax Resort and Spa, before we enjoy dinner as a group at the hotel's award-winning restaurant.

Hotel:

Tyax Wilderness Resort and Spa
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Ride the South Chilcotins via Seaplane
Approximately 15 miles with 900 feet of climbing and 3,000 feet of descending

Avid Option:

Ride the South Chilcotins via Seaplane
Approximately 25 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing and 3,400 feet of descending

Description:

This morning, you'll load up bikes and gear into a 1961 Dehavilland Beaver float plane and head into the South Chilcotin backcountry. Ride options abound today with unbelievable trails around every turn, and you may choose to ride for as long or short as you’d like. Tall peaks, pristine lakes, quiet grassy meadows provide the backdrop. The scenery is nothing short of breathtaking today, as you pedal past tall peaks, pristine lakes, quiet grassy meadows and bighorn sheep. This day is one for the history books. Tonight we will gather for a final social hour and dinner at the Tyax Lodge and raise a glass to celebrate the week of incredible riding.

Hotel:

Tyax Wilderness Resort and Spa
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Activity:

Departure
Shuttle to Whistler

Description:

After a great night's sleep and warm breakfast at the Tyax Lodge, you'll pack your bags and load up your bike for a 4 hour shuttle back to Whistler. Enjoy one last stroll through Whistler Village and lunch as a group before you say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at the Aava Hotel and board a 2 hour shuttle bound for Vancouver International Airport.

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Dates & Pricing

THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE GREATER THE REWARDS

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price is guaranteed.

2017


Aug
27th -
Sep
1st
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$3899 / Person, $550 / Single Occupancy
Sep
3rd - 8th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4199 / Person, $550 / Single Occupancy / Special Edition with Pro Rider Andrew Shandro

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at the Aava Whistler Hotel on Trek Travel's Whistler Mountain Bike trip

Aava Whistler Hotel

Whistler, BC

Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice hotel winnerA short walk from downtown Whistler, this Green Key eco-rated hotel is your home for the first three nights of the trip. Excellently appointed rooms, AVEDA amenities and an outdoor spa and heated pool make this a relaxing retreat from big days on the bike.
Stay at the Tyax Wilderness Resort and Spa on Trek Travel's Whistler Mountain Bike trip

Tyax Wilderness Resort and Spa

Gold Bridge, BC

Situated on the shoreline of Tyaughton Lake and in the shadows of the towering Southern Chilcotin Mountains, Tyax Lodge is your luxurious wilderness base camp for the final two nights. The lodge features the full service "Spa at Tyax", an outdoor hot tub and yoga studio and a full service restaurant serving outstanding regional Canadian cuisine.
Stay at the Hilton Whistler on Trek Travel's Whistler Mountain Bike trip

Alternate Hotel: Hilton Whistler

Whistler, BC

This luxurious hotel is ideally located in the heart of Whistler Village, just steps away from an array of world class restaurants, stylish boutiques, and buzzing nightlife. The host mountain resort of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympics Games, the Hilton Whistler was named by Condé Nast as the 10th top resort hotel in Canada. You will stay at this hotel in place of the Aava Whistler Hotel on select dates.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Whistler Mountain Bike trip, you will stay in two conveniently located hotels for the duration of the trip: one at the edge of Whistler village and the other in the Southern Chilcotin wilderness.
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, 2 social hours, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Whistler Mountain Bike trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of regional cuisine. Expect North American style cuisine with plenty of options. All other meals will allow you to explore local fare options.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Remedy 7 27.5 full suspension mountain bike
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Complimentary Bontrager merchandise
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Please be sure to bring a Camelback, or similar hydration pack with pockets to carry additional items needed on the trail. Limited vehicle support means you will want to carry an extra layer, multi-tools, food and water.

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • Comprehensive bike fit
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 3/4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 18
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,200 ft

On all of our trips Trek Travel strives to find the most enjoyable but challenging trails, over a variety of terrain, in order to fully experience the region. Whistler Mountain Bike trip is best suited for our Type 3 & 4 Riders with technical mountain biking skills. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage and challenges the avid route options offer. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distances and mileage options.

This area is characterized by moderately steep singletrack, loose rocks and moderate exposure. A few trails are more steep and technical, composed of rocky sections with uneven roots, small drops and occasional jumps.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Distillery tour/Tasting (not included in trip price)

August in Whistler, BC is characterized by decreasing daily high temperatures, decreasing from 73°F to 69°F over the course of the month, exceeding 78°F or dropping below 64°F only occasionally. Overnight lows in August are fairly cool, averaging 55° F. August is also usually the driest summer month, averaging around 1.5" of rain for the month.

The average group size on a Trek Travel trip powered by Big Mountain is 4-10 guests. If you wish to find out how many people are on your specific trip, please contact our Trip Consultant via email at sales@trektravel.com.

Specific models depend on the destination. On your Whistler mountain bike trip, the use of a Trek Remedy 7 27.5 full suspension mountain bike is included in the price of your trip. You will be given one bike for the duration of the trip.

We have partnered with Big Mountain Bike Adventures to bring our guests closer to some of the best singletrack mountain bike riding on the planet. On these trips, your guides will be both from Trek Travel and from Big Mountain, combining the expertise of leading cycling vacations of a lifetime with backcountry experts of mountain biking.

Each day your guides will describe the featured ride and your supported options for the day. Those who want more miles and more technical terrain and those who want less may split into two groups in order to ride different trails or simply go at different speeds. If you choose not to ride with a guide you will need a thorough understanding of the trail map, adequate food and water, and tools to address bike repair issues that may arise. Cell coverage is limited in the areas you’ll be riding so you must be self-sufficient.

We will offer shuttles to and from the trailhead some days, but other rides begin and end closer to town, or in town. You are always welcome to ride directly back to the hotel for more miles on the days that shuttles are offered. Each day, depending on the featured ride, the weather, and the desires of the group, your guides will decide how best to support the ride with a combination of on the bike support and vehicle support.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with a packet containing daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

You are more than welcome to bring your own bike, but please keep in mind Trek Travel cannot assume responsibility for the safety of or damage to your bike that may exceed what and how we maintain the safety and well-being of our own fleet of bikes. You are responsible for providing the maintenance to your bike and any spare parts that may be used during the trip. You are also responsible for assembling your bike upon arrival and disassembling it upon departure.

You don't need to be a professional athlete to enjoy a Trek Travel mountain bike trip, however due to the level of riding we do encourage each guest to come with a good level of physical fitness. This vacation is most appropriate for Rider Type 3 & 4. Please consult our Rider Types to find out what type of weekly rides you should be able to complete in order to enjoy this vacation or talk with your Trip Consultant for more information. We always recommend that guests consult their physician before coming on a cycling vacation.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

A number of convenient shuttle options are available from Vancouver International Airport to Whistler. Whistler Shuttle: $69 on-way or $138 round trip. Learn more about the shuttle by visiting http://www.whistlershuttle.com/whistler-shuttle/vancouver-airport-to-whistler. Custom private shuttles offered by Ride Booker between 7:30 AM and 11:00 PM: $69 per person, each way. Learn more about the private shuttles by visiting http://www.ridebooker.com/transfers/yvr/whistler/whistler-shuttle.

Aava Hotel | Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Aava Hotel or Hilton Whistler in Whistler at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a short round of introductions, you guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in Whistler before familiarizing you with your bike and ensuring a comfortable fit. Today, you'll ride right from the hotel and spend the full day exploring Whistler Valley's expansive network of all-mountain trails.

If you will be late for the meeting time or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call the Aava Hotel (toll free at 800 663 5644) or the Hilton Whistler (604 932 1982), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Aava Hotel | Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at the Aava Hotel in Whistler before boarding a 2 hour shuttle bound for Vancouver International Airport. Please do not schedule a flight out of Vancouver International Airport before 5:00 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays

Before & After: Vancouver, BC Canada

Located on the southwestern coast of British Columbia sits the bustling sea-port city of Vancouver. Explore the thriving art, theater and music scene of downtown. Visit the the Museum of Anthropology or peruse the extensive collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Take a quiet stroll through sprawling Stanley Park or a walk across the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. Dine at any of Vancouver's outstanding restaurants. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Unmatched views of the harbor and North Shore Mountains and located in the heart of the historic port and financial district, the Fairmont Pacific Rim is a property to behold. With three in-house dining options, the full-service Willow Stream Spa and complimentary BMW hotel in-town car service, the Pacific Rim stands alone as your luxurious downtown retreat.

1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC Canada V6C 089 | 877 900 5350 | www.fairmont.com/pacific-rim-vancouver | ~$255

Moda Hotel

This eccentric property puts you right in the center of the city. Just minutes from Stanley Park and home to the award-winning Cibo Trattoria restaurant, the Moda Hotel is a the perfect option for those wishing to explore the heart of downtown Vancouver.

900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC Canada | 877 683 5522 | www.modahotel.ca | ~$110

Pacific Gateway Hotel, Vancouver Airport

A member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Lifestyle Collection, the Pacific Gateway is conveniently located just minutes from Vancouver International Airport. A free airport shuttle, newly remodeled rooms and suites and stunning views of the Coast Mountains and Vancouver's North Shore are only a few of the excellent amenities offered by this fantastic hotel.

3500 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC Canada V7B 1C7 | 866 382 3474 | www.pacificgatewayhotel.com | ~$85


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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