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Top of the World is the first lift-accessed high alpine trail in North America.
It truly is a must-do ride for anyone who is comfortable riding black diamond downhill trails.
You can expect to see stunning views on a clear day! This trail is a staggering 5km long and takes around 30 minutes to ride! The views from Top of the World are to die for.
Throughout the entire ride, you're surrounded by the jagged glacier-covered peaks of the Coast Range.
On a clear day, you can see for miles in all directions, picking out famous landmarks like the Black Tusk. While most riders talk about the views off the trail, this isn't a meager tourist ride designed for any intermediate mountain biker that wants to pay the extra $$ for a lift ticket to the top of the alpine zone.
No—this is a technical black-diamond trail that requires competent bike handling. The upper alpine section of trail rips through all manner of rock gardens, with bouldery, chundery sections; steep rocky chutes; exposed rock rolls; ledge drops; and even some optional double black diamond lines.
As you work your way around the side of the mountain and approach treeline, the grade and technicality mellow out a little bit, but this just means that the trail speed picks up! This lower section features some back-to-back berm packs and even a few optional jumps before it pops out onto a high-speed doubletrack to traverse around the mountain. After finishing the named Top of the World trail, the show is far from over! The route shown here combines a slew of the best trails in the Creekside Zone to create an absolutely massive top-to-bottom rip! This route runs from the tip top of Whistler Mountain to the lowest point of the resort at Creekside Village, totaling over 5,000 feet of lift-served descending! There are multiple ways to descend through the Creekside zone, but the route shown here—anchored by Midgard, Elixir, and a few others—is an intermediate-friendly option that even advanced mountain bikers will enjoy.
These swoopy machine-built trails are characterized by massive berms, rollers, and high-speed whoops.
There aren't too many jumps to be found on these trails, so instead, the focus is high speed flowing down the mountain through seemingly endless turns! **Note 1:** To access Top of the World, you'll have to purchase an additional lift ticket on top of the standard bike park ticket.
This Top of the World ticket only gets you one ride up the chair to the top and one ride down Top of the World, so make it count! At the time of this writing, [the additional ticket](https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/plan-your-trip/lift-access/bike-park-tickets.aspx) costs $23, but prices may go up over time. **Note 2:** The bike park only sells a certain number of Top of the World tickets per day, so be sure to snag yours early if you want to go! **Note 3:** Top of the World may not open on a given day due to inclement weather, trail maintenance, or any number of reasons.
You need to be flexible with your schedule if you want to try to bag this trail.
If you have more than one day to ride the bike park, it's a good idea to try to get to Top of the World early on in your trip, in case it's closed.
That way, you'll have multiple opportunities to attempt to get a ticket.