Top reasons to go mountain biking in Whistler
The perfect terrain to challenge riders of all abilities
From smooth beginner-friendly trails to rocky tech trails
Perfectly manicured XC trails, tacky rock rolls and machine-built table top jumps
Whistler, BC is home to IMBA Epics, a dedicated mountain biking community, and, of course, enough terrain and trails to keep you busy for a lifetime. You’ll find something for everyone: smooth beginner-friendly trails for new and young riders, cross-country trails that will push your endurance, and rock-and-root-heavy trails to test your technical skills. It’s a world-class destination for trail enthusiasts looking for big rides on an even bigger scale. Surely it’s reason enough for an escape to the mountains! Find out why Whistler is the best place on Earth for mountain bikers from Lily Krass, a backcountry skier, mountain biker, hiker, and Jackson Hole local!
May through September
Vancouver, BC is 1.5 hours away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day Whistler Scenic Bike Tour
If you want to experience some of the best trails in North America but don’t have the time for a full-day tour, opt for this 2.5-hour adventure! Perfect for families and beginners, this tour takes you down some of the best short trails in the area beyond Whistler Village. Join your local, certified and friendly guide on a ride through some of the most beautiful relaxing trails around Lost, Green and Alta lakes, serving miles and miles of natural wonders.
Full-Day Whistler Scenic Bike Tour
This private tour will take you through the valley trails around Lost, Green, and Alta lakes. Join your guide and discover tranquil recreational trails just a few minutes from Whistler Village. A dense network of trails provides lots of options for beginner to intermediate riders. Take an occasional stop to learn about the natural elements along the routes from your guide and enjoy the scenery. This tour is an ideal option for those wanting a relaxing, slow-paced ride with plenty of stunning views and photo-ops!
Half-Day Whistler Singletrack Tour
A half-day option is perfect if you’re looking for a quick and satisfying ride tailored to your skills and energy. Explore the mind-blowing web of trails around Whistler and have fun on the manicured XC trails, tacky rock rolls and machine-built table top jumps! Your guide will make sure to plan out the perfect day tailored to your fitness and skills. There is no better and quicker way to experience the rush of mountain biking than an adrenaline-fuelled half-day in Whistler!
Full-Day Whistler Singletrack Tour
Join your certified guide on the world-class singletrack in and around Whistler! Your guide will customize the day according to your skills and wishes, making sure you make the most of your day. The huge variety of trails has something for everyone — from smoother trails for beginners to challenging trails waiting to be explored for the most advanced riders. Explore the spider web of singletrack that makes this place a mecca for mountain biking. Whether you want an XC, Trail ride or Enduro, your guides can make your dreams come true!
The Total Singletrack Experience Tour
There is a lifetime of incredible trails in the B.C. area waiting to be explored! Join your guide on the Total Singletrack Experience tour and ride the trails that fill the pages of biking magazines and competitions with certified local riders who can customize the perfect ride for you and your group! Shred with the best and bring your MTB skills to the next level while your guides ensure safety and tons of adrenaline-fueled fun. Combine trails in Whistler, Pemberton, Squamish and the Sunshine Coast, pick the style of ride you are looking for, and let your guide make your dreams a reality!
Things to know
Covid measures in Whistler
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Whistler, please refer to the Tourism Whistler website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- Half or full day of mountain biking depending on your itinerary
- 2% donation made to the local trail associations to support trail maintenance
- High performance bikes for full-day tours
- Helmet, water bottle and an energy bar
- Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) — covers your bike for any accidental damage incurred during your rental
What’s not included?
- Bike rentals for half-days (can be rented from the guide for an added fee)
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be able to pedal between two and six hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. Even the easy tours require that riders be fit enough to pedal up some rising terrain. After booking, your guide will determine the group’s skill level and capabilities and cater the day to your specific abilities.
Keep in mind, opting for the full day option means more biking, which is strenuous even if you stay on beginner level trails.
What if I’ve never mountain biked before?
To book this adventure, all riders, regardless of age or height, must be capable of operating hand brakes and shifting gears. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trail. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
What about required equipment?
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Bike tights
- Biking shorts
- A riding jersey or t-shirt
- Windbreaker or light jacket
- Two pairs of breathable socks.
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Water bottle or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Bike repair kit
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material.
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 5:1.
- All the tours are private and cost is per person.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to go mountain biking with friends and family.
Mountain biking in Whistler can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Whistler, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service the hour and a half north to Whistler.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, usually at the guide shop. From there, you’ll head to your tour.
Daily departures begin at 10am and 2pm and all the tours are private just for your group. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and ability of the group.