...I'm up in Whistler right now. Not that they have any shortage of techy trails to begin with, but they just opened a new one, called Fade to Black.
It is an amazing piece of trail. I was/am blown away by how well built it is. No herculean efforts required to clean any of it, other than commitment. The grades are such that if you mostly stay off the brakes you'll fly everything clean. Even with minor scrubbing you can still fly everything clean.
While I was taking these pics there was a bike patroller hanging back in the trees just sorta keeping tabs on how many people were riding it, and how many were flying it vs. taking the easy outs around the hits. We chatted for a bit and he left me with one gem of a comment: "This is exactly what we needed. We've got tonnes of double blacks but they're all steep skidfests. I like those too, but this is what's happening in the real world. This is what people are building, and this is what people want."
It was the 'real world' part that got me. In the Western Colorado world I live in, stuck-in-the-80's land managers and gentrified trail access groups keep shoving designed-for-beginners bench-cut trail down our throats.
Not so much the case up here.
Thank Moroni that Whistler Bike Park exists. Not only do they do it right, but they set a proper precedent for others to (hopefully, eventually) follow.
In my dream of dreams, someone at COPMOBA would read this and pass it on to someone else at COPMOBA that 'gets it'. Trails *can* and *should* be diverse and challenging for *all* users, not just beginners and/or set-in-their-ways old-schoolers. Something to think about...