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Whistler MTB Park Opening May 16

Published April 23, 2009

WHISTLER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Whistler Blackcomb’s famed Whistler Mountain Bike Park is scheduled to open May 16 with plans for continued expansion in the Garbanzo Zone; completely redesigned Slopestyle, Giant Slalom and Dual Slalom courses; and new lesson and rental packages for all levels of mountain bikers.

At the end of last season a few lucky riders were able to experience new trail sections on Blue Velvet and Freight Train as well as the completely redeveloped No Joke trail in the Garbanzo Zone.

“We opened these trails on the very last weekend last season,” said Brian Finestone, Whistler Mountain Bike Park manager. “They have had the winter months to compact and should be in fantastic condition when Garbanzo opens this summer.”

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park has stepped up its lesson and rental programs to make mountain biking more accessible for all levels of mountain bikers. Bike Park 101 is a daily clinic that offers the “never-ever” mountain biker a chance to learn about downhill techniques while exploring the bike park with a qualified guide.

More experienced riders buying a lift and rental package can add a lesson with the Lesson Upgrade option for only $5 (half day) or $10 (full day). The Lesson Upgrade is a perfect way for riders to get to know the bike park better while fine tuning their intermediate and advanced downhill riding technique with an expert guide.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park passes are now on sale. Season passes offer unlimited access for $435 plus GST. Passes can be purchased online at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/bike (click on link), by phone at (800)-766-0449 or in person at Guest Relations at the base of the Bike Park in Whistler Village.

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