Ride Canada's best lift-accessed, gravity-fed, adrenaline-fueled downhill trails.
From extreme gravity to flowy single-track, we’ll spend 12 days exploring British Columbia’s best bike parks:
Whistler Bike Park Easily the biggest, most ridden and lusted after bike park on the planet. From the moment you get into town, the vibe is almost surreal. The park has a huge range of trails for EVERY level and style of rider, all accessed by fast, modern lifts and ending in a dreamy town where evenings are spent exploring the endless drinking and dining options that you’d expect from a world-class destination.
Sun Peaks Bike Park Home to some of the best lift accessed trails in interior British Columbia, and trust us, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you arrive. The mountain greets you with lush green forests, perfectly saturated soil, and a small mountain-town vibe that makes you feel right at home. The diverse trail network ranges from technical DH, fast and flowy freeride trails and scenic alpine cross country.
SilverStar Bike Park It’s a place steeped in mountain bike history and Canada’s second largest bike park. The mountain boasts a vertical drop of 760 meters and has 40 trails – the majority of which are blue flow trails. Their chairlift has a lightning fast upload speed, transporting you to the top in under 7 minutes which facilitates some serious lap smashing potential! From the top there is an incredible selection; flow and technical trails, novice trails winding gently through meadows, to expert runs filled with berms, jumps and features designed to challenge the hard core rider.
18 - 29 July, 2021
12 nights I 9 days riding
Bike - suitable for every level rider
Why Travel With Mint
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. Mint is a full-service travel agent, which means we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements. After you’ve signed up for this tour, you have access to our customer care team who are just a phone-call away. You will receive pre-trip emails with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip.
WHERE WE RIDE
WHISTLER BIKE PARK
Whistler is mecca for gravity-loving mountain bikers and it has everything chairlift-junkies need, plus more. Often called Disneyland for mountain bikers, this town lives and breathes mountain bikes like nowhere else. The park has a huge range of trails for EVERY level and style of rider, all accessed by fast, modern lifts and ending in a dreamy town with endless drinking and dining options.
WHERE WE RIDE
SUN PEAKS BIKE PARK
Sun Peaks offers a truly well-rounded trail network. The park boasts a huge and diverse trail network ranging from technical DH and flowing machine-made freeride trails loaded with tons of hits and berms for maximum airtime, to incredible and scenic alpine cross country.
WHERE WE RIDE
SILVERSTAR BIKE PARK
SilverStar is known for its well maintained and well-built, fast and flowy trails. It has a progressive mix of green, blue and black trails and they have recently expanded their offering for riders who’re on the more advanced side of the spectrum.
British Columbia Bike Park Tour
Get in touch for a detailed tour itinerary and more info
EASY AIRPORT TRANSFERS
This is a fly-in/fly-out stress-free trip. Once your flight arrives in Vancouver, grab your bags and get on the bus to Whistler. We’ve arranged door-to-door airport transfers. It’s a scenic door-to-door trip, from the airport straight to our hotel. Grab a window seat and in just over 2 hours you will arrive. Our guides will be on-hand to greet you and help you settle in. On departure day, we’ll transfer you back to Kelowna Airport, ready for your flight home.
WHAT BIKE TO BRING
If you could bring any bike, it would be a long travel enduro bike that can handle the gnarliness of the bike parks, yet pedal to the surrounding backcountry trails. If you are trying to decide what bike to bring, keep in mind that Whistler, Sun Peaks and SilverStar all have terrain that warrants a bike that can handle the steepest trails, rocks and large jumps which will take you and your bike to the edge. You'll also need a full-face helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and gloves. Ask us for a full gear list.
Throughout the tour you'll stay in modern, 3 to 4 star hotels with bike friendly facilities that are close to the lifts and near all the après action. Our comfortable twin share rooms are equipped with 2 beds, private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. All hotels have great facilities including bike valet or storage, wash and tune station, heated outdoor pools or hot tub, laundry and on-site restaurants.
Throughout the tour, you'll travel in private transport with a custom-built bike trailer and rack system made exclusively for mountain bike adventure touring. You'll only need to build your bike once on arrival day, as we'll transport your equipment and bike bags between each destination so that they are set up and ready to ride. Our experienced guides make it look easy, transporting you, your bike and luggage to each destination.
This tour is open to riders of all ability levels. Each day your guides will give helpful pointers on any questions you may have. Probably the most important aspect of mountain biking is the willingness to sharpen your skills. For riders looking to up-skill, we strongly recommend joining a skills clinic at the start of the tour. You'll get some tips and tricks from a resident pro from the outset, so you're ready to tackle BC's best bike park terrain for the rest of the tour.
This tour is hosted by our local Canadian team. Not only do they know every marked trail, they are looking forward to showing you some of their ‘local’s only’ secret spots. Their big mountain experience makes them the perfect hosts for the week. They are always more than happy to provide you with some tips and feedback on the mountain, and share a beer and some laughs at the end of the day.
TOP OF THE WORLD
Ride Whistler's iconic trail, Top of the World. A black diamond trail from the top of Whistler Mountain all the way to the GLC patio. This is a lift-serviced trail with over 5,000 vertical feet (1,525m) of descent. What other resort can offer that? No one. That's who.
Big, beautiful berms
Everywhere! The trail-building crews at these ever evolving parks, move throughout the forests sculpting perfect berms. And while every bike park has berms, the ones at Whistler particulary are gigantic. And around the corner always lies something special, most notably jumps.
We'd like to know the official count for how many man-made jumps there are in British Columbia's Bike Parks. Thousands? No, it's got to be millions! Whatever the answer, it's more than enough for the most air-addicted rider to be satisfied.
The best way to progress your skills is by riding more vertical and more terrain. Push yourself by following our guides as they search out the best trails each day. If you want to turbo-charge your progression, joining a skills clinic is the quickest way to to up-skill.
Meet the locals
Wildlife sightings, including bears, are not uncommon in the mountains across British Columbia. This includes bike parks. There are roughly 50 black bears in Whistler. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife when you’re on the chairlift.
OFF THE MOUNTAIN
After a big day riding, our guides always know where to find a chilled happy hour or a seriously good apres party. The resorts we visit have endless drinking and dining options that you’d expect from a world-class destinations.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
- 11 nights accommodation (twin share)
- 4 days riding at Whistler Bike Park
- 3 days riding at Sun Peaks Bike Park
- 2 days riding at SilverStar Bike Park
- 9 days bike park lift tickets (4 Whistler, 3 Sun Peaks, 2 SilverStar)
- 9 days of guided mountain biking
- Arrival day airport Transfer, Vancouver (YVR) to Whistler
- Departure day airport Transfer, SilverStar to Kelowna (YLW)
- Private transportation & bike transport throughout the tour
- Mint guides on-hand throughout tour
We spend 4 days riding Whistler Bike Park, 3 days riding Sun Peaks Bike Park and 2 days riding SilverStar Bike Park. Here’s what you can expect from each destination:
WHISTLER BIKE PARK
Whistler Bike Park is the biggest and most developed trail network on the planet! 4 days riding Whistler Bike Park won’t be enough to even scratch the surface. You could ride here for 4 years and still find new lines and new trails every day in this ever-evolving bike mecca. The building here is seriously top notch, with perfect radius berms, jumps and trails that are amazingly fun to ride no matter the skill level. As a result of Whistler’s exceptional terrain and building, beginner and advanced riders alike will find themselves improving in ways they didn’t think possible. After a week in Whistler, you’ll gain newfound skills and confidence that you can use to tackle trails twice as hard. The mountain is divided into four zones: Fitzsimmons, Garbanzo, Creekside and Top of the World.
Fitzsimmons begins in Whistler village. This area has many of the famous trails you’ve seen like A-Line. It’s also home to most of the green and blue trails for riders looking to build on their skills and get acclimatised to the park.
Garbanzo or “Garbo” plays host to a long list of technical and flow/jump trails. You won’t find any greens up in this area, but for riders looking to do a bit more advanced riding, Garbo has some top-notch trails, cooler temperatures and shorter lines.
Creekside has a host of blue trails which have a mind-blowing number of berms. If you want to work on your cornering, this is the place to go! Plus this area has a solid selection of technical, rowdy blacks.
Top of the World is pretty much as it sounds. It’s a black diamond trail that comes off the top of the mountain. It offers an incredible view of the surrounding area and is something that is worth doing once.
SUN PEAKS BIKE PARK
It’s no secret that this place is known for its raw, natural steeps, but their trail crew has been hard at work to make Sun Peaks more intermediate friendly. The park offers everything you need to progress, from the skill-building green trails like the aptly named ‘Level Up’, a 9km flow trail taking you from top to bottom. For the intermediate and more advanced rider, 11 blue trails await, including the newly machine built ‘Canada Line’. It has some of the best-linked corners and jumps Sun Peaks has to offer, and rivals the most famous trails from other West coast bike parks. If tech is what you’re after then definitely check out ‘Sugar’, a fast, singletrack trail filled with roots, steeps, and optional jumps for some air time. Sun Peaks offers a truly well-rounded trail network.
SILVERSTAR BIKE PARK
SilverStar is known for well maintained and built fast flowy trails. It has a progressive mix of green, blue and black trails and they have recently expanded their offering for riders who’re on the more advanced side of the spectrum. One of the best features of Silver Star Bike Park’s downhill runs are the dedicated top-to-bottom trails. You won’t find any logging roads or cat roads being used to link trails. The downhill bike park features more than 50 km of dedicated mountain bike trails, over 600 berms and more than 300 jump features and the park’s longest run is 7 km from mountaintop to village.
Our British Columbia Bike Park Tour is 11 nights. We’ve timed the tour to run just before Crankworx in Whistler which means the trails will be groomed to perfection in anticipation of the world’s best riders arriving in town to throw down at this legendary event. We’ve also ensured that you’ll ride Whistler Bike Park mid-week to avoid the weekend day-trippers. If 11 nights isn’t enough, we can always arrange pre and post trip extensions.
DATES 18 July – 29 July, 2021
PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure. You can select your own dates, and you’ll get your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss.
WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BORDERS ARE CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The global health crisis has impacted everyone enormously, so we want to make sure your future travel plans are safe and reassure you that we are committed to supporting our customers in the best way that we can. You can view our latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates HERE
WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.
WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in outdoor sports and an eagerness to travel. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. The accommodation for this tour is twin share i.e. 2 beds per room. If you’d prefer your own room please request a single room at time of booking.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Each tour is different, but we know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ride at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.
WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season.
CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No, flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered by comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.
CAN I BRING MY PARTNER WHO DOESN’T RIDE?
Of course! We can tailor the tour to suit your partner. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.
HOW DO I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.
HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
Yes! We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.
WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
If you could bring any bike, it would be a long travel enduro bike that can handle the gnarliness of the bike parks, yet pedal to the surrounding backcountry trails. If you are trying to decide what bike to bring, keep in mind that Whistler, Sun Peaks and SilverStar all have terrain that warrants a bike that can handle the steepest trails, rocks and large jumps which will take you and your bike to the edge. You’ll also need a full-face helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and gloves. If you’d like some equipment advice, just ask us for a full gear list or we can connect you with our shop partners.
WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in adventure sports and an eagerness to explore all that Canada has to offer.
ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
Yes. You’ll get 9 days of bike park lift tickets (4 Whistler, 3 Sun Peaks, 2 SilverStar)
PRICE PER PERSON
Get in touch for pricing
SINGLE SHARE SUPPLEMENTS
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this tour. The single supplement applies to all nights on your tour and is subject to availability. Please speak to your tour specialist for further information.
RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, a non-refundable 25% deposit is payable within 3 days of booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to tour departure. You can view our terms and conditions HERE and COVID-19 policy HERE
If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:
Enquire below. Once we receive your request one of our Canadian Tour Specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.
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