LET GRAVITY ASSIST YOU
Whistler’s Alpine Riding wants to offer you “Another Way to
Ride” the Whistler Bike Park this season. If you’re not confident
about handling a mountain bike, their A-Rides offer an easier
introduction to riding the bike park’s downhill trails.
Like a mountain bike, the Gravity A-Ride bike features grippy
tires, front and rear suspension, and disc brakes. However,
their low slung, forward-facing standing platform makes the
A-rides very stable and easy to control. Anyone over the age of
7 who can balance a bicycle should have no problem handling
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STORIES BY STEVE FISHER
LIGHT UP YOUR NIGHT
Deep in the forest near Whistler, legend tells of a secret
valley filled with lights that shine through the darkness of
night. Vallea Lumina invites guests to discover this valley
while unravelling the story of two hikers who set off to find
it long ago.
This unique attraction transforms a simple walk through the
woods into a dazzling multimedia experience. As night falls,
visitors follow a path through an old-growth forest while their
senses are greeted with light displays, props and audible cues.
“Visitors are encouraged to play, explore and engage with their
surroundings as the story — which follows the mysterious
disappearance of a father-daughter duo in search of an
enchanted hidden valley — unfolds around them,” says Karen
Brooks, marketing manager for TAG Whistler.
The Whistler Bike Park is the only location in North America to offer two different Alpine Riding tours this summer: The Peak to Valley Tour is a three-hour journey that
leads riders from the Rendezvous Lodge all the way down to Whistler Village. The Bike Park ABC tour leads guests around trails in the park’s Fitzsimmons Zone, while
you get a feel for handling the A-Ride. This tour takes about two hours.
Tour prices include helmet, knee and elbow pad rentals, but do not include lift tickets to the Whistler Bike Park. A Bike Park or Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience pass must
be purchased for lift access. alpineriding.com
Vallea Lumina’s 1.5-kilometre pathway takes about 45 to 60 minutes to walk, but the tour takes about two hours including shuttle rides to and from Whistler Village.
The trail involves steep staircases and uneven surfaces, but isn’t challenging for anyone with full mobility.
Vallea Lumina is open on weekends through June 1, then nightly from June 7 to mid-October. Guests are welcome to take pictures (without a flash) or video of the
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