If you're heading over to Whistler this season then I'd recommend a quick blast round the air dome if only for a dive into the foam pit. The Air Dome is basically a huge tent that you can ride your bike in.

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s Air Dome in its second year of operation, is set to open April 11. The Air Dome, best known for its huge 20x28 foot foam pit, is located at Base II on Blackcomb Mountain and offers an indoor, weather-free training facility for all levels of mountain bikers.

Open since 2006, the Air Dome has put the Whistler Mountain Bike Park ahead of the game. This unique facility offers table-top ramps, quarter pipes, wall rides and a massive foam pit full of $26,000 worth of soft foam cubes to perfect every trick before trying it on dirt.

The Air Dome will operate Fridays and Saturdays only from April 11 to May 16. Daily operations begin May 17 through October 13.

Operating Schedule:

April 11-May 16, 2008

Open Fridays 5-8pm and Saturdays 2-8pm

May 17-October 13, 2008

Open daily from 2-8pm

July 7-August 10, 2008

Open daily from 11am-2pm and 5-8pm

Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s Air Dome opens on April 11th