Biking Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
North America’s largest winter resort lures skiers from across the planet. In summer, though, the crowds thin, the weather mellows, and the Canadian lakes thaw, fostering a sort of alpine oasis. Visitors come to hike, fish, and golf, but the biggest draw is mountain biking. The lift-accessed bike park attracts elite athletes with 74 hair-raising trails; the cross-country riding is arguably even better, offering nearly 45 miles of trails, the most of any resort on the continent. “Get up high and you don’t see any people,” says Eric Griffith, co-owner of Alta Bistro. “It’s complete silence and epic trails.” Try Comfortably Numb, a 15-mile advanced ride through old-growth hemlock and granite rock gardens. “This trail is a work of art, there’s so much flow to it,” says Griffith. “You’re just ecstatic at the finish.”
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