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whistler guys...mid sept?

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  1. manhattanprjkt83

    manhattanprjkt83 Rusty Trombone

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    Question for all the whistler guys on the board about mid september (14th - 21). How is it? Is garbo still open? We've been going to the mountain for the past 7 years at different times throughout the summer but decided to go later in the year this year...Hoping for some cooler temps, more moisture, and a less punched out park.

    When do they usually shut down garbo? I def want to make sure that is open for our trip...Thanks for the help.
     

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    If memory serves, garbo should still be open then. They might only run it on the weekends though...

    I'm sure someone who's much more "local" will have teh guds.

    From last year:
    http://bb.nsmb.com/showpost.php?p=2685602&postcount=233

    Seems garbo was closed by the 25th of Sept last year...
     
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    Sorry, thread hijack. When you say "cooler temps" in September, does that imply that Whistler is hot and uncomfortable during the summer? I'm going in July, and I'm looking at condo rentals; is air-conditioning a must?
     
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    Sept is the best time to ride the park. Hands down. Do it you will love it. You can always ride the gondy up to the top if they shut the chair down.


    yeah, it was 85-95 last year in july. It can get hot. Usually ride from 10-1, 1-4 at lost lake, then 4-8.
     
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    it can get pretty hot during the day, but it generally isn't very humid and cools off rapidly after the sun goes down.
     
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    FlipFantasia Turbo Monkey

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    while they may not run Garbo chair on the weekdays later Sept, they generally allow uploading to the roundhouse on the gondola....of course, all subject to weather, etc...
     
  7. manhattanprjkt83

    manhattanprjkt83 Rusty Trombone

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    Yeah whistler gets pretty warm in mid summer, nothing insane but under a helmet it's hot. Just looking for a change of pace, less crowds, better dirt and more laps...

    Flip thanks man that is really helpfull.
     
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    no prob, and fall riding is generally pretty awesome, fav time of the year for both park and non-park trails when they start getting a bit of moisture back
     
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    Yep plan on hitting both for sure, might actually bring our AM bikes this year so we can get more out of park riding going than in park...
     
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    so I suppose I'm chopped liver?
     
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    On that note, anyone have suggestions for am rides in the whistler area, or can recommend a resource that could?
     
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    i'm headed out there august but planning on flying into seattle and driving up. 50/50 on bringing A bike. but now wondering if I should bring the Bronson over the V10c. probably be capable on 60-75% of the liftserved trails at whistler? but then also enjoy some of the more pedally options in the valley and squamish?

    yay? or nay?
     
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    but map at local shop, support worca (local club), go shred your brains out
     
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    I think after labor day is the best time to go. Less crowds and more moisture in the ground.
    You might give up extended play (8pm lift access) but you ride right and its way worth it.
     
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    i wished for a trail bike when i stayed there in 2010. whole season with only a dh bike is not enough. you soon realize that the park is only like 30-40%? of the valley
     
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    How long are you going to be there? If a week or less, just bring the DH. A shorter travel bike is simply going to make you get tired faster at the bike park. If it's your first time at Whistler, I doubt riding valley trails will enter your mind.

    I've only ridden Squamish once, we shuttled up, and the trail was steeper than anything at the bike park, and possibly the steepest trail I've ever laid eyes on. A trail bike would have been easier to put on my back and hike down with, I suppose.
     
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    This is the same advice I would give, you wont want to leave the park when you realize how big it is...A week will let you cover everything and get to know the lines so you can hit them properly.

    An AM bike will do well at whistler if you know the park and ride more groomed lines, if you get into the more tech steep it would be a handful. We are just mixing it up this year, have ridden the park for years and are sick of trying to do xc rides in the valley with dh bikes...
     
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    don't worry honey, i know you're special too...
     
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    Mid-Sept is the best time in Whistler. Almost zero line ups, hero dirt and cooler temps.

    Bring some wet weather gear just in case.
     
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    Worca do an app which is awesome. It's about 10bucks but worth every penny.

    Last September was amazing, I rode the peak chair top of the world on closing day in a tshirt. I was here in fall 2010 and we were wrapped up and wearing waterproofs at the beginning of September.

    Long range weather forecasts in Whistler are definitely guess work.
     
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    Are people really going for a week and hucking themselves down the steepest tech they can find? Most of my shorter visits have been later in the season (sept/oct) but most times i spend those trips on the lighter laps the worst thing I might hit is dirt merchant on one of my final days.

    People REALLY underestimate the greens of the whistler bike park (i don't mean easy does it) go ride shady acres and del bocca vista most people i know once they've done that don't want to do much else.

    All that aside Canadian open and DRC on a AM bike would suck so if that's your flavour on a week long trip take the sled.
     
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    I think it depends on preferenace right? Personally I like the tech w/ some flow like o sin (not goats gully)...But yeah steeps are fun...Personally I think some of the best trails on the mtn are the newer low mtn singletrack like, weds night, tech noir and a bunch of that type of stuff...thats the great part about the park so much choice...
     
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    I am indeed a whistler newb. 1st timer in the park. I will just be renting a v10 me thinks. I am choosing august due to higher likelihood of consistent sunny weather. Its the week before crankworx...are trails gonna be whupped by then? Or be freshly prepped for the week ahead?
     
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    They do lots of maintenance all summer. There will normally be at least a couple of trails that are beat up, and a couple of trails that will be in awesome shape.

    DH bike for sure. It opens up a lot more terrain on the mountain. Unless you're like that guy on the HT Chromag. He's just a weirdo.
     
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    love that dude. Saw him at the top of Garbo a couple times in 2011... quickly pulling away from me on my 8.2" travel bike.
     
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    Del Bocca, Blueseum etc are fun, but you're hardly "hucking yourself" in the bike park. That's one of the fantastic things about bike parks, if you're at trail speed and an experienced rider you can plop your front wheel off everything.

    I'd be happy to ride an am bike with dual oly tyres in the park, the main reason I don't is because I have to pay to maintain the thing! The DH bike really comes into play racing or outside the park.