For 20 years, Samantha Brown has traversed continents, experienced culture, and tasted adventure applying her…
For me, mountain biking in Whistler was a completely new experience.
You might know that Whistler is the largest ski area in North America, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to visiting in the winter. There’s plenty to do in this mountain year-round, from spas and shopping to hiking and zip lining. And for the very adventurous, you can try mountain biking. In fact, Whistler is one of the continent’s top mountain biking destinations, with thousands of enthusiasts flocking here every summer.
I am a big bike fan, and normally, I’ll hit the road on my comfy hybrid, tackling the street at a leisurely pace. But on my last trip to Whistler, I decided to embrace a more extreme version of a bike ride. From the moment I suited up in head-to-toe safety gear, I knew this experience was going to be a little different. Springy and lower to the ground, my mountain bike felt more like riding a horse or one of those mechanical bulls. Once we started down the mountain, I was sooooo happy to have to that extra cushion. Even on the easier trails, you’re constantly navigating through dips, rocks, sharp corners and narrow bridges. I don’t think my Huffy would’ve fared so well.
While I was scared at the beginning, I ended up having an amazing time flying down the mountain. It was harder work than I expected. I had no idea you basically stand the entire time you’re on a mountain bike. Who knew going downhill could be such a workout?! This was a fantastic way to get acquainted with Whistler’s great outdoors, all while challenging myself to try something new and exciting. Isn’t that what travel is all about?