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Diablo vs Whistler...

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by AdrenalineImage, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. AdrenalineImage

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    My buddies and I are hoping to do a trip to Whistler this year. We went a few years ago (pre-Garamel) and had a good time. They've added quite a bit since then but I keep hearing about Diablo.

    So are there many Diablo locals who could give a good head-to-head comparison between Whistler and Diablo? I don't want to start any wars here, I know both places offer up some awesome riding, I was just wondering if anyone has been to both places and had some input.

    Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. WhoRyder

    WhoRyder Turbo Monkey

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    The Biggest Difference.....

    Diablo is located in the good ole US of A! While Whistler is located in BC/Canada!

    :-)
     
  3. manhattanprjkt83

    manhattanprjkt83 Rusty Trombone

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    i have ridden quite a bit at both...whistler is completely different and obviously way more fun.

    Diablo is a blast as well but whistgnar is untouchable IMO...Have fun up there
     
  4. FOXROX

    FOXROX Turbo Monkey

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    i think if diablo was located on such a big mtn like whistler diablo would be better
     
  5. jcook90

    jcook90 Turbo Monkey

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    I'll let you know after june 28...
     
  6. jerseydirt

    jerseydirt Turbo Monkey

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    if you want to experience the first time that you smile for so long because there are so many fun step ups to step downs, whistlers the way, there is also a great variety of downhill there ( i actually leared to ride roots the hard way there, kinda sucked but it was fun in the end)

    on the other hand diablo, has great downhill trails and has an extremely wide variety of well maintained fun trails, they also manage to pull of a great us open every year, and the freeride parts of diablo are tuned into a more downhill aspect, its all about what you really make of it.
     
  7. captainspauldin

    captainspauldin intrigued by a pole

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    Whistler>Diablo after going last summer, but I don't think it's a fair comparison(biggest mountain in North America in the birthplace of Freeride mtn biking vs Small mountain in the birthplace of skiing with Football jerseys and jeans).. I'm def. interested and excited to compare the two this summer after all the changes planned for Diablo..
     
  8. Mega T

    Mega T Chimp

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    Being that Diablo is 2hrs away for me, I can't ask for much more, but if I were flying here and had to choose between this and Whistler? Not really much of a choice. Diablo keeps getting better every year, their construction is incredible, and they pack as much as they can onto a small mountain. Whistler is like 5 Diablos stacked on top of each other, but there's something to be said about not waiting for lifts, and it's always fast at Diablo. We went to Whistler last Sept/Oct -- poured every day (closed a lot of wooden stuff), snow closed the top half of the mountain, and on the one sunny day we did have there were 30 minute lift lines. Still a great time, and a good nightlife afterwards if you're into doing stuff after you ride. Either way, it's a bike trip. How can you possibly go wrong?
     
  9. acair422

    acair422 Monkey

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    whistler is a whole different ball game the size makes it completely different. diablo's got good trails but whistlers got good trails for 20-30min per trip down....
     
  10. John P.

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    Diablo has done wonders with the limited acreage and vertical feet they have to work with, and it's a great mountain with incredible riding. But in terms of an overall biking/vacation experience, Diablo doesn't hold a candle to Whistler. It just can't. No place can that I've ever been to.

    Whistler not only has insanely good trails and so much varied terrain that your head will spin with the possibilities, the nightlife is always great and there are tons of things to do off the bike as well. I think I've been to Whistler 8 or 9 times now, and I don't recall ever waiting more than 15 minutes for the lift, so I'm not sure what Mega T is referring to . . . maybe I just got lucky or something.

    Anyway, to wrap it up, Diablo is a great little mountain whos staff works very very hard to maximize their potential. Whistler is a gigantic mountain with an awesome village right at the best that also works hard to make sick trails. The biggest difference is that Whistler's potential is almost unlimited. The park is already enormous, and I don't think it takes up more than about 10% of the total area of the resort.
     
  11. Mega T

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    John P. -- it was 2nd to last day of the season, nicest weather in weeks, and one lift running. Probably a combo of cutting back on staff for that time of year, concentration of everyone being confined to bottom half of the mountain, and some exaggeration on my part. Relatively, they were quick considering the circumstances.

    Agree with everything in your post. I would also add Diablo is a weekend trip, Whistler is a week (and don't go for the last week of the season like I did).
     
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    Whistler, so much fun. Huge smiles and the trails are incredible.

    Diablo will offer a little help on the wallet as it is much cheaper on traveling








    Whistler...
     
  13. motomike

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    Whistler is essentially two mountains in one. 2>1. I usually just end up riding the Garbanzo area over and over if the crowds get heavy at the bottom...
     
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    whistler over diablo by FAR.. not saying diablo sucks but comparing it to whistler? no way at all...
     
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    Diablo can't touch Whistler... elevation and a ton of trails, not to mention hot chicks. Also dirt jump spot for free near parking lot/lake if u don't wanna dh.