Summer Biking Guide

Whistler Platinum’s 2024 Summer Biking Guide

Updated. July 18, 2024

Whistler, BC, has long been hailed as the ultimate playground for skiers and snowboarders. But hold onto your helmets because summer is shifting gears! The trails are buzzing with bikers, from road warriors to downhill daredevils. At Whistler Platinum, we’re thrilled to present the Whistler Summer Biking Guide, your ultimate resource for a two-wheeled adventure through road cycling, cross-country trails, and exhilarating downhill runs. Get ready to pedal your way through one of the world’s premier biking destinations!

Biking Whistler Valley Trail

Recreational and Road Cycling

Whistler’s Valley Trail is a highlight for novice and season riders alike, it is pretty much where everyone starts off on two wheels. With over 40km of easy-to-ride paved and scenic routes across the resort, the Valley Trail keeps you off the roads and highways. The accessible path connects neighborhoods and provides easy access to five alpine lakes and numerous parks  Rent a road or trail bike (or bring your own) and start exploring the lakes and valleys either on your own, or with a guide.

Road cycling also gets pumped up to a whole new level on September 7, 2024, during the annual GranFondo race. During the race, cyclists travel a total distance of 122km and climb over 1800m along the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler across the Howe Sound and Coast Mountain Range. Whether you’re ready to take part yourself or cheer on competitors as they cross the finish line, it’s a great event to experience.

Whistler Summer Mountain Biking

Cross Country Biking

A leader in the mountain bike industry worldwide, Whistler’s trail network offers plenty for those looking for their next challenge. Cross-country biking is best suited for those with previous road cycling experience and the stamina to handle hilly terrain, however, with a wide network of trails available you’re sure to find one suited to your ability. 

Spend weeks exploring the trails on enduro-specific rides that challenge and reward in equal measure – trails such as;

The Lost Lake Trails offer a scenic and beginner-friendly experience, winding through lush forests and around serene lakes. For those seeking a bit more challenge, the Comfortably Numb trail lives up to its name with technical sections and breathtaking views. 

The Zappa Trails provide a mix of fun, flowy singletrack and technical climbs. No matter your level, Whistler’s cross-country trails promise an unforgettable ride through nature’s finest landscapes.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Downhill Mountain Biking

Drawing mountain bikers from around the world, Whistler is a top international destination for downhill mountain biking. Whistler Mountain is home to the largest lift-access downhill bike park in the world and Whistler Blackcomb offers a wide variety of lessons. Beginners can learn the basics in the Whistler Bike Park and kids to experienced adult riders can refine their skills in daily group lessons.

Whistler Crankworx


Whistler is also home to the largest mountain biking festival in the world, Crankworx. This adrenaline-pumping event, running from July 19 to 28, 2024, gathers the world’s top downhill, slopestyle, and enduro talent for an epic showdown. Whether you’re ready to compete or prefer to cheer on the pros as they defy gravity, Crankworx is the place to be. After a full day of thrilling action, you’ll need a cosy retreat to recharge. 
Our Whistler Platinum vacation rentals are diverse and suit every taste and budget. Plus, our reservations team can craft a personalized package, including lift tickets and bike rentals, ensuring you experience Whistler to the fullest! For added convenience, many of our homes feature secure bike storage, giving you peace of mind after a day of exploring the trails.

Weather Conditions – What to Expect?

Visitors to Whistler in the summer can expect pleasant, warm weather, perfect for mountain biking. Daytime temperatures typically range from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), with cooler mornings and evenings. It’s wise to pack layers, as mountain conditions can change quickly. Expect sunny days interspersed with occasional rain showers, keeping the trails in excellent condition.

Gear Up for a 2024 Summer in Whistler

As you gear up for an unforgettable summer of mountain biking in Whistler, remember that 2024 is the year to make tracks and create epic memories. Whether you’re tackling cross-country trails or watching the action at Crankworx, Whistler offers a biking paradise like no other. So, saddle up, enjoy the ride, and don’t forget to ‘wheelie’ make the most of every moment!

FAQ’s About biking in Whistler

Can I rent a bike in Whistler?

Yes, you can rent bikes in Whistler. There are several rental shops in Whistler where you can rent a variety of bikes, including downhill, cross-country, and road bikes. Some popular rental shops include Black Diamond Whistler, Gateway Bikes, and Whistler Blackcomb’s rental service.

What are the best trails for beginners in Whistler?

Whistler offers a variety of trails suitable for beginners. The Lost Lake Trails are a great starting point, providing easy, scenic routes through beautiful forests and around lakes. Other beginner-friendly trails include Tin Pants and Molly Hogan.

Do I need a lift ticket to access the mountain biking trails?

For downhill mountain biking in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, you will need a lift ticket. However, many of the cross-country and valley trails are free to access and do not require a lift ticket.

Is there a specific time of year that is best for mountain biking in Whistler?

The mountain biking season in Whistler typically runs from late May to early October. The trails are usually in their best condition in July and August, but September can also be a great time to ride with fewer crowds.

What kind of protective gear do I need?

It’s recommended to wear a helmet, gloves, and knee pads at a minimum. For downhill biking, a full-face helmet, body armour, and elbow pads are also highly recommended for added protection.

Are there any guided tours or lessons available?

Yes, there are several companies in Whistler that offer guided tours and lessons for all skill levels. Whistler Blackcomb offers a range of mountain biking lessons, and other companies like Whistler Eco Tours provide guided tours.

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