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"A top to bottom trip will take riders through several geo-climatic zones and different riding experiences."
When the park officially opened on Saturday, the first chair went to local passholder David Swanson, who won a contest for the most trips through the lower park during a 36-day period. Swanson rode the park on 26 different days, logging more than 250,000 vertical feet during that period. Even more impressively, he rode his hardtail on most of those days.
The Garbanzo expansion became necessary as park ridership has increased more than 500 per cent since 1999, breaking records on key days and weekends each successive year.
For more information on the Whistler Mountain Bike Park visit www.whistler-blackcomb.com/bike/.