Why do we require an application?Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:
1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?
Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.
We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.
Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.
If mountains were animals, the Rocky Mountains would be a team of wild mustangs: bold, beautiful, and free.
Stand on top of Prairie View Ridge and you’ll feel the same, your legs and lungs aching from the climb but your spirit soaring over a 100-mile view across the prairies, the jagged peaks of the front range providing the backdrop for your personal hero story.
Somewhere along the way you might have misplaced that wild unbridled spirit of your youth, but don’t worry – the Rockies will help you find it and bring it back into your life like a big 'ol stampede. Join us in the Rockies and escape the drone of phones, traffic, email, fax machines and your whining boss, to a place where the only sound you hear is the wild beating heart of the Rocky Mountains – and your horses running free.
Rated Top 75 Adventures in the World by National Geographic Adventure magazine!
This trip is for experienced and technically strong riders only! Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System for a better understanding of what to expect.
IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?
You can handle rocky terrain and narrow singletrack, and have solid bike handling skills. You're comfortable and confident riding a blend of cross country and all-mountain trails (think long and sometimes steep climbs paired with fun and semi-technical descents). Riding multiple days in a row, 3-5 hours per day is no biggie to you. You live for long days on the bike, rewarded by the comforts of a post-ride hot tub soak, a gorgeous lodge and a chilled beer.
WHY RIDE WITH US?
- Satisfaction Guarantee
- Guaranteed Departures
- Lifetime Deposits
- Risk-Free Booking Window
- Travel Concierge
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit.
DAY 1. WELCOME TO THE ROCKIES!
Our private shuttle will meet you at the Calgary International Airport and drive the group to our lodge in Fernie.
Upon arrival, we encourage you to unpack, settle in and rest up for the week of adventure ahead. The lodge will be our homebase for the next few days of Fernie trail riding.
Tonight, we'll dine at The Bridge Bistro and enjoy the patio overlooking the Elk River.
DAY 2. FERNIE EPICS
After a good night of rest, you’ll awaken to the smell of fresh brewed coffee, with views of the Rockies to accompany our hearty group breakfast at the lodge.
This morning, we’ll review the incredible weeks itinerary and build our bikes. We’ll provide bike stands, tools and helping hands for anyone needing assistance.
We’ll spend an hour warming up with some skill review at the amazing local bike park (believe us, there is always something to learn!). Once we've got the cobwebs cleared, it's off to the trails we go, heading out into the massive trail network of Fernie, with over 80 trails to choose from.
We'll head back to the lodge for lunch and a quick rest, then head out for a full afternoon of riding.
We'll hit up some of the classics such as Eco-Terrorist and Sidewinder, and throw in some of the new favorite locals trails as well.
Tonight, we’ll head out for a group dinner before heading back to the lodge for a good night of rest.
DAY 3. MT.FERNIE AND THE VALLEY OF ISLAND LAKE
After breakfast at the lodge, we'll head out for a big day of true mountain bike adventure, as we aim to conquer Mt. Fernie; the peak looming over us in the North sky.
Today’s trail of choice is called “Slunt”, like slog and grunt had a baby. It’s not all leg burn and heavy breathing, as this trail ends with a sweet as pie downhill, making it all totally worth it.
We'll work our way along the valley and tackle one more climb up to Island Lake Lodge for a top quality lunch with unbelievable views.
Afterwards, it’s all downhill on the new Lazy Lizard flow trail. We guarantee you’ll be satisfied after this day of pedaling!
Tonight we'll dine in one of Fernie's excellent restaurants - maybe some sushi, maybe a local pub on main street?
DAY 4. CASTLE MOUNTAIN RIDING
After breakfast at the lodge, we'll have another hour long skills session at Fernie’s Bike Park, including: high speed cornering, pump track, small dirt jumps and drops!
We’ll then head up Castle Mountain for another challenging enduro style ride; as in a BIG climb followed by a HUGE descent!
We’ll enjoy some more all-time views, including a summit hike to really take your breath away.
Our reward is up next: Southern Comfort (the trail, not the drink) - 600 meters of pure downhill bliss.
We’ll head back to the lodge for a late lunch and some well deserved R&R.
This afternoon is yours to enjoy off the bike. We love to hang out on the shores of the Elk River with a refreshing beverage, and even jump in on a hot summer day.
Tonight, enjoy another dinner in the town of Fernie, or order it in. Perhaps a hot tub and massage is on the menu for you this evening?! This is our last night at the lodge.
Day 5. Road Trip! INVERMERE, TOBY CREEK CANYON and Nipika Mountain Resort
After an early breakfast, we'll pack up and hop in the van for the super scenic 2 ½ hr drive to Invermere.
In the town of Invermere, we'll check out a cute cafe for lunch.
We'll then head to Lillian Lake, the trailhead for The Johnson and Kloosifier Trails. Hold on tight for this rolling cross country ride, skirting along the edge of Toby Creek Canyon.
Cold beverages and a cold lake await at the finish!
There's another hour of Rocky Mountain scenery to enjoy, as we drive to Nipika Mountain Resort - a backcountry paradise with horses roaming free, rustic log cabins, and a wood fired hot tub.
Tonight, we’ll enjoy a BBQ dinner prepared by your Guides.
Day 6. Nipika Mountain Resort - The Rocky Mountains Are Ours
After breakfast in our log cabin, we'll enjoy a full day of activities in this vast and wild playground.
The private singletrack paradise of Nipika is set along the Kootenay and Cross River valleys, bordering the Kootenay National Park (part of the chain of National Parks that includes world-famous Banff and Jasper), and is surrounded by jagged peaks and unlimited wilderness.
We’ll enjoy lunch at the lodge before heading back out for some more action.
After we get our fill of the local trails, we'll enjoy another soak - this time in the glacier fed Kootenay River.
A few cold beverages await us before returning to the lodge for dinner, then perhaps an evening disc golf session, and a campfire under the stars.
Day 7. Banff National Park and Canmore, Alberta
After breakfast, we'll squeeze in one more early morning ride at Nipika (or choose to just plain chill out!) before hopping in the van for a spectacular drive through Kootenay National Park.
We’ll stop in the town of Banff to get our tourist kicks, and some lunch (Banff is a must-see on any traveler's list!).
We'll head to the next town to check into our hotel in Canmore. If we’ve got time, we’ll try to squeeze in a later afternoon ride on the Canmore trails, under the shadow of giant mountains such as the Three Sisters and Ha Ling Peak.
Tonight we'll enjoy our final dinner and post-ride celebration together at a local patio in the town of Canmore.
Day 8. The best %*#@^!# trail ever !!!
We’ll wake up in Canmore and enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Then, have we got a treat for you.
The 'pot of gold' ride, this is the incredible, amazing, scintillating and stunning Prairie View/Jewel Pass trail. This super fun and scenic ride starts with a 6 km gravel road climb to a short hike-a-bike section near the top of Barrier Mountain. The sweet panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, prairies, and rivers will make it all worth it. We'll be rewarded with a super-fast and technical descent down to Jewel Pass, an incredibly fun and challenging piece of singletrack, looping us back to the parking lot.
We’ll load up the shuttle and finish the journey back to Calgary.
We can drop you off at the Calgary International Airport or at the Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport.
- 7 nights accommodation in beautiful lodges and hotels
- 7 days of guided mountain biking in the Rocky Mountains with experienced, certified guides
- 7 healthy, hearty breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners, snack and drinks for riding
- Transportation during the trip in our air-conditioned 12-passenger van
- Admission to provincial and national parks
- Full bike repair and maintenance toolset available at all times
- 2 morning skills sessions with our guides/instructors
- A cooler full of cold microbrews at the end of each day's riding
Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.
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|Name||Bio||My 'Sacred Ride'|
|I love riding of any style. Downhill, all-mountain, bike touring, or taking my son to school on the townie with studded tires through deep snow... everything is better on a bike! Sharing my love of riding with others through coaching and guiding is...||Slunt to Brokeback is my favourite ride in Fernie! The climb is challenging and leaves me asking myself if it's worth it.... and it most definitely is!|
|Based in Fernie, BC surrounded by the mountains, I get to share my passions of mountain biking and skiing by spending most of the summer teaching mountain biking both to adults and kids . I get to travel to many great places in both Canada and the...[more]||It's hard to pick one of the many awesome trails we have in Fernie but the Ridgemont network is my go to, as it is literally on my doorstep there is such a variety from various...[more]|
|I have been fully immersed in riding bikes for the last ten plus years or so. Originally, my focus was mostly with downhill/bigmountain but I have been spending much more time on my little bike the last five years or so. Chasing after those...[more]||Most rides are sacred but I certainly have a preference for riding in the Alpine and get extra excited when a super long descent is at my immediate disposal. Some of my favs include any...[more]|
|I love to ride, I always have. Growing up in Ontario, I was that kid who rode my bike everywhere, every day of the year. From the day my training wheels were removed, I've been addicted to free wheelin. I rode bmx, flatland, trials, x-...[more]||My sacred ride; well, that would have to be Hyper Ventilation to Hyper Extension in Fernie. An awesome switchbacking climb (yes, I love going uphill too) with some of the best views in...[more]|
|I started riding in N.Vancouver around the dawn of the millennium. Falling in love with the gnarly shore trails and spending most of my summer days in Whistler and Squamish, I started racing and coaching pretty quick. Traveling and riding all the...||My 'sacred ride' is the incredible Slunt Trail in Fernie, BC: it's a slog and a grunt! This epic ride takes you high above the Elk Valley, with a fast, flowy and amazing...[more]|
Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)
|Day||Hours of Riding||Distance ridden||Elevation gained||Elevation lost||Highest elevation|
|1||0 hours||0 km||0 m||0 m||m|
|2||4.5 hours||25 km||650 m||650 m||1344 m|
|3||4.5 hours||25 km||730 m||730 m||1585 m|
|4||4.5 hours||28 km||900 m||900 m||1600 m|
|5||3.5 hours||22 km||640 m||640 m||970 m|
|6||3.5 hours||16 km||420 m||420 m||1145 m|
|7||4.5 hours||29 km||640 m||640 m||1490 m|
|8||3.5 hours||14 km||550 m||550 m||1848 m|
|Totals||28.5 hours||159 km||4530 m||4530 m||1848 m|
|Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental||$455.00 CAD|
|Single Room Supplement||$500.00 CAD|
|1-hour post-ride massage||$100.00 CAD|
|Donation to Bikes Without Borders||$20.00 CAD|
|Start Date||Pickup Location & Time||End Date||Dropoff Location & Time||Price||Deposit||Currency||Booking||Private?||Availability|
|Friday, June 23, 2017||Calgary airport, 4 pm||Friday, June 30, 2017||Calgary airport, 4 pm||2,995.00||599.00||CAD||Book Now!|
|Saturday, July 29, 2017||Calgary airport, 4 pm||Saturday, August 5, 2017||Calgary airport, 4 pm||2,995.00||599.00||CAD||Book Now!|
|Saturday, September 2, 2017||Calgary airport, 4 pm||Saturday, September 9, 2017||Calgary airport, 4 pm||2,995.00||599.00||CAD||Book Now!|
|Start Date||Pickup Location & Time||End Date||Dropoff Location & Time||Price||Deposit||Currency||Booking||Private?||Availability|
|Saturday, July 7, 2018||Calgary airport, 4 pm||Saturday, July 14, 2018||Calgary airport, 4 pm||2,995.00||599.00||CAD||Book Now!|
|Saturday, September 1, 2018||Calgary airport, 4 pm||Saturday, September 8, 2018||Calgary airport, 4 pm||2,995.00||599.00||CAD||Book Now!|
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