Northeast of Vancouver and west of Pemberton, the Whistler Bike Park at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski area is an extremely popular place to mountain bike during the summer. The lifts provide access to an expansive network of 50+ trails totaling over 200km with a maximum vertical drop of 2,165 feet. There are gentle trails through coastal forests for beginners and tight, twisty singletrack for intermediates. Plus, for the extreme downhillers, theres plenty of steep rock faces and root strewn lines. Make sure to check out the Freight Train trail.
There are Centres which cater to the stunts crowd. The green skills centre is built close to the ground for riders just learning to clear obstacles and ride planks.
The blue zone increases the difficulty by raising, narrowing and tightening all of the constructed elements.
The double black skills centre is for expert riders only including a dazzling display of North Shore-style obstacles.
In addition to the ski area, the region has several other places to ride. There are several trails near Merritt and Lee Creek (Slash Line Road). Try to find the 30 mile trail to Lost Lake from near Chalet Luise B&B (604) 932-4187. Also, check out Singing Pass Trail (15 mi.) and Cheakamus Trail (7 mi.).
To reach the Whistler Bike Park by car from Vancouver, plan on at least a 3 hour drive from Vancouver. Head north out of Vancouver on Highway 1 (aka Highway 99). Continue following Highway 99 past Horseshoe Bay heading east.