A puzzled teen from Edmonton was Whistler’s one-millionth visitor into the Bike Park on Friday August 12. The afternoon brought surprise to the face of Ryan Domm as he was met with confetti guns and VIP treatment. The 16 year old took a few minutes to sort out what had just happened to him. He truly had no idea what had just occurred, after his ticket was scanned. Park officials were there to greet the teen who was informed of what the celebratory fuss was.
Domm had only just arrived ten minutes before, and headed over to the park where a celebration was soon to take place for the bike park having seen 1 million people through. As the one who was the millionth visitor, the teen was given a large prize package filled with good things from Whistler.
Inside were season passes from now right through 2012, a guided tour, special “1,000,000 Rider” jersey, and from park sponsors, some great gear.
Garrett, Ryan Domm’s brother was right ahead of him through the park, but did not mind that his brother won. The 15 year old was delighted for him.
Whistler Bike Park is the only park of this kind that has reached the rider mark of one million. The park only had four trails when it opened 12 years ago and it has come a long way since then. There are now trails for every ability and taste. The park is the top around the world with its design concept and has trails for the amateur bike riders that are labeled in green.
Then there are the black diamond and blue trails, with steep rocks and big tree rooted lines, for the intermediate and advanced. There is constant designing going on here that is both innovative and adventurous, letting visitors experience the dirt, the sweat, and the fun from May until October.
Officials, not wanting to appear as if they are bragging, are still sure that the two million count will be another first all around and are excited about how successful it has all been. This is another success at Whistler this year.