Mountain Biking In Pemberton

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Pemberton’s mountain bikers want you to know that there is wicked riding north of Whistler; really epic stuff. 

Pemberton’s sandy soil, micro-climate, and intense 2010 investment in trail building equals an unparalleled mountain biking opportunity.Trails are well built and maintained and are meant for both up and downhill biking. As Pemberton resident and mountain biker Edward Witwicki says, “There are some shuttle rides in Pemberton, but the roads are pretty bad to shuttle, that’s why Pemberton is known as a community that pedals. Now with the new bike technology the pedalling up for the downhills makes it all worth it Pemberton is a great for “Enduro” it’s like Pemberton was made for “Enduro.”

Being great for Enduro also means that Pemberton is a great place for things like the Ironman and the Nimby Fifty -- Races that are ideal for Pemberton trails and conditions.

Mountain Biking Benefits

Mountain biking in Pemberton differs from nearby Squamish, Whistler and North Vancouver in both the climate and the types of trails. What that means to you as a rider is that you can often ride year-round, you’re going to be on some incredible single track for much of your ride, and you can ride from your back door to an epic trail often in minutes. As Edward Witwicki says, “What I like most about riding in Pemberton is the location of all the trails; I can leave from my front door and be at any trail within 2 – 15 minutes. I can choose to do a quick 30 minute loop (Usually my lunch hour) or an epic 8 hour grunt!! And everything in between.” 

Maps and Itineraries

The Pemberton Valley Trail Association has their new trial map coming out this February, which will include a couple new blue trails including “Back Pains” and “Pacific” that Edward Witwicky built with some fun flowy single track and jumps.

Other great trails are “Pioneer”, “Fizzy Pop”, “Rusty Trombone”, and “Moose Jah”. And there are many more! Check the Pemberton Valley Trail Association map for details. Most of the trails are Blue – Double Black Diamonds. There are plans to create some beginner trails in the works, but like everything else, it all comes down to funding and what the people want. So far, people in Pemberton come here for the epic rides: double black diamond stuff. See a complete list of trails on the Pemberton Valley Recreational Trail Map.

When to Ride

Pemberton is nestled between Whistler and Lillooet, an arid region just north of Pemberton. This means that it can be 10 degrees warmer in Pemberton than it is on the coast. So if it is 20 degrees in Vancouver, it can be 30 degrees that day in Pemberton. At the same time, it is not nearly as dry as the region just beyond it to the north. This gives you an ideal climate for biking in spring and fall. As Ed (full name) says, it’s often a bit too hot in mid-summer with many trails being loose and dry. However, Pemberton has been gifted with two lakes (Mosquito Lake and One-Mile Lake) bordering a lot of the trails “ which are amazing to jump in mid ride or just make it a great destination ride. Work up a sweat then jump in the mountain lakes to cool off.”

Because of Pemberton’s proximity to Whistler, and incredible backcountry skiing on the Duffy it’s possible to ski/board in the morning and then bike that afternoon. Certainly, not every year works this way, but often the season is extended in Pemberton and some years you can pedal year round. “Makes for a great day. Powder shots in the morning Brown pow in the afternoon.”

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PVTA Spring Fundraiser
May 23
Take some time to get out to the Pemberton Legion tonight to help raise money for this worthy cause and have a bit of fun, too!

2015 Nimby Fifty XC MTB Race
May 30
An epic mountain bike race covering many of the world-class single track trails, climbs, and descents that the Pemberton, BC trails are famous for.

Pemberton 4x4 Rally
June 06
The Pemberton 4x4 Rally is back for another year of loud trucks, big climbs and lots of mud! This year's event is set to be held Saturday, June 6&7, 2015.

Pemberton 4x4 Rally
June 07
The Pemberton 4x4 Rally is back for another year of loud trucks, big climbs and lots of mud! This year's event is set to be held Saturday, June 6&7, 2015.

Pemberton Farmers Market
June 19
The Pemberton Farmer's Market returns this summer with a new home and new day. You can know find the Farmer's Market under the new community barn, every Friday from 3PM - 6:30PM.

Barn Burner Triple
June 20
The Barn Burner Triple is a cool new trail running series utilizing the single track mountain bike trails in Pemberton, B.C. The course will take runners through the mountain and forests of Pemberton offering spectacular views.

10th Annual 2015 Rotary and Chamber Golf Fundraiser
June 22
The 2015 Big Sky Golf Club Rotary and Pemberton Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser is back, and will be held Monday, June 22nd, 2015.

Pemberton Farmers Market
June 26
The Pemberton Farmer's Market returns this summer with a new home and new day. You can know find the Farmer's Market under the new community barn, every Friday from 3PM - 6:30PM.

Pemberton Farmers Market
July 03
The Pemberton Farmer's Market returns this summer with a new home and new day. You can know find the Farmer's Market under the new community barn, every Friday from 3PM - 6:30PM.

Pemberton Farmers Market
July 10
The Pemberton Farmer's Market returns this summer with a new home and new day. You can know find the Farmer's Market under the new community barn, every Friday from 3PM - 6:30PM.

May Fishing in Pemberton
April 30
May is always a great time to go fishing in Pemberton thanks to the salmon spawning season and milder temperatures. Pemberton is home to a number of great lakes and rivers where salmon and trout flock to at this time of the year.

Foraging for Native Plants in the Pemberton Valley
April 23
Learning how to forage for native plants is a valuable skill that's also fun to learn.

Pemberton Music Festival + More Things to Do This Summer
April 16
It's that time of year again. People are starting to make plans for summer in Pemberton, including the second annual Pemberton Music Festival.

Family Cycle Route Planner for Pemberton
April 09
Cycling with your family in Pemberton is a great idea! Read on to find out how to choose a route in Pemberton that will work for the whole crew!

Pemberton Music Festival 2015 Line Up
April 03
Its official Pemberton Music Festival has announced their line-up for their 2015 event. Headlining this year's event are rock super stars the Black Keys, hip hop heavyweights J.Cole & Kendrick Lamar and world renowned DJ Tiesto.

2015 Golf Season in Pemberton Almost Here?
March 19
Golf season in Pemberton is almost here? Thanks to the mild winter The Meadows at Pemberton has set their opening day for Friday, March 27. Get those wrenches out of the garage. Dust off those golf shoes. We're golfing in March this year!

Pemberton Camping — Provincial Campgrounds and More!
March 12
Pemberton camping season is just around the corner. If you're looking into provincial campgrounds or something more rustic we've got lots to explore.

Horseback Riding in Pemberton this Spring
March 09
Pemberton has more horses per capita than anywhere in BC. And that means that you'll see horses in our downtown and around the Valley. Why not join in the fun and take a horseback riding tour this spring?

Heliski in Pemberton This Winter — And MTB, too!
March 01
You may have heard of the fantastic weather we've been having this winter in Pemberton. You can literally heliski in Pemberton and go for a bike ride, too! So pick your pleasure, and we'll see you soon.

Mountain Bike Season Already?
February 13
That's right!! Thanks to the recent warm and wet conditions in Pemberton the snow has disappeared and made way for an unbelievably early mountain bike season. Check the pic from inside.

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