Distance: 2.7 km
Time: 20 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 0 m
Elevation Loss: 684 m

Technical Rating: Expert
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: July – September
Permit Required: No

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This relentlessly steep and technical natural singletrack descent is found 4 km down the mountain bike trail Top of the World on Whistler Mountain. The trailhead leaves the Whistler Bike Park and Whistler/Blackcomb boundary, which means there are no patrols and help is far away from this remote route. RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Ride Don’t Slide, properly named, is full on with its steep and loose, rutted and rooted, committing lines. The drop in onto to the trail, down the rocky and loose chute sets the tone for the rest of the ride down. Following the first steep line is more of the same, but now the steeps become much more sustained over extremely rough singletrack down huge exposed roots. There are large root drops and rock rolls to keep things dicey and tight corners into very loose dirt. Not only is Ride Don’t Slide technically challenging, a real old school type of track, but also mentally exhausting as you plan your myriad of moves down this insane route. I wouldn’t recommend this ride for those new to riding in Whistler, nor is it a must do, unless of course you’re a seasoned rider looking to test your sanity. I’d call it a rite of passage for local expert riders, but not worth a special trip for out-of-towners.

Ride Don’t Slide spits out onto Love Canal (ski run) from where you can access B.C.’s if you haven’t had enough punishment. It is located straight ahead from the exit to Ride Don’t Slide and heads right into the woods. B.C.’s received quite a bit of love in 2014 in preparation for the Enduro World Series, and when compared with Ride Don’t Slide is a pleasure to descend. The full on descent from Top of The World over to Ride Don’t Slide, finishing on B.C.’s which will spit you out at Creekside, is just over 9 km long and one hell of a ride. Finish this intense downhill descent with a cold beer on Dusty’s patio; you’ve earned it by this point.

TRAILHEAD | N50 03.959 W122 58.146

Access to Ride Don’t Slide is found 4 km down Top of the World. Or you can access the lower part of Ride Don’t Slide using the access road from the end of Kadenwood Drive. A new trail accessing the lower part of Ride Don’t Slide was built in 2014 for the Enduro World Series and can be found nearing the switchback just past the trailhead for Kush.

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