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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Pemberton Valley Trails Association Trail Day
April 18
The next Pemberton Valley Trails Association Trail Day is today! Meet at the Bike Co at 9:00 am to start.

2015 Pemberton Enduro Mountain Bike Race
April 25
It's on! The PVTA Pemberton Enduro is happening today starting at 8:30 am. Be there to ride (if you've signed up) or cheer on your friends!

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.

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 Music Festival 2015 - Day 1
July 16
The Pemberton Music Festival is back and the lineup is better than ever. Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, J. Cole, Tiesto, and so many more!

Pemberton Music Festival 2015 - Day 2
July 17
The Pemberton Music Festival is back for the second year of amazing performances and comedy. With five tents this year, you know it's going to rock!

Pemberton Music Festival 2015 - Day 3
July 18
Come to Pemberton this summer to enjoy the four day and night Pemberton Music Festival featuring 5 tents of music and comedy.

Pemberton Music Festival 2015 - Day 4
July 19
It's day 4, the last day of the Pemberton Music Festival for 2015. We hope you enjoyed your time at the festival, and that you will be back next year!

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It's that time of year again. People are starting to make plans for summer in Pemberton, including the second annual Pemberton Music Festival.

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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.

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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.

Ice Fishing in Pemberton
January 12
Just because it's wintertime doesn't mean it's time to put away the fishing rod. Wintertime can be the best time to pull up a healthy trout fish from one of Pemberton's fresh water lakes. Learn more about winter fishing in Pemberton BC!

Pemberton Winterfest Returns in 2015
January 06
Pemberton Winterfest returns in 2015 as a 2-day event with a variety of family friendly, wintery fun activities and events at One Mile Lake! (NOTE: event is weather dependent and subject to change.)

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