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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.

In the late 1800s, early explorers in interior British Columbia discovered gold in the mountains near Rossland. A gold rush ensued, giving birth to the Dewdney Trail (which brought gold seekers from the U.S.) and a scattering of gold rush towns.

The gold didn't last, but those explorers had the gracious foresight to leave some incredible mountain bike trails in their wake (thanks, eh), including the aforementioned Dewdney Trail, a beautiful, winding descent just above Rossland.

You'll find your own gold on our Ultimate BC trip - golden sunsets over spectacular vistas, the town of Golden and its incredible shuttle runs, that 'golden feeling' of completing the epic Seven Summits trail and its 6 hours of challenging alpine bliss.

This trip is for the true mountain bike nut - 13 days of riding our handpicked selection of interior British Columbia's best trails. Fernie and its massive trail network. Rossland and the Seven Summits. New Denver and remote, hidden trails. Revelstoke and its alpine classics. Golden and the spectacular Canyon Creek Trail.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

This Ride is for you if you love to ride, and love big rides. You don't mind a big climb if it's going to get you a spectacular view and an amazing downhill. You can climb up to 2,000 vertical metres/day at a moderate pace, and can handle technical terrain such as roots, rocks and obstacles up to 10" high. You like to ride hard and come back to a nice hot shower and a yummy dinner at a lodge.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    8/9

    Level 8/Expert

    • You are fully confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
    • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
    • You can descend steeps and climb technical singletrack with little to no problem.
    • You rarely - if ever - get off your bike to walk sections except on extremely technical terrain.

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 8/Expert

    • You are fully confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
    • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
    • You can descend steeps and climb technical singletrack with little to no problem.
    • You rarely - if ever - get off your bike to walk sections except on extremely technical terrain.

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price

    $3,695 CAD
  • FITNESS RATING

    8/9

    Level 8

    • You can ride up to 7 hours a day at a fast and steady pace over several days.
    • You have little trouble climbing 1,000 vertical metres (3,280 ft.) in a day on steep terrain.
    • You exercise on average 8-10 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 8

    • You can ride up to 7 hours a day at a fast and steady pace over several days.
    • You have little trouble climbing 1,000 vertical metres (3,280 ft.) in a day on steep terrain.
    • You exercise on average 8-10 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DEPOSIT

    $739 CADLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    13 days
  • DATES

    June-Sep.SEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Familiar

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • Travel Concierge

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Day 1. Arrive Calgary/Fernie

Your guide will meet you at Calgary Airport and drive the group to our lodge in Fernie. This is our base for the next few days of Fernie trail riding. Tonight we'll dine in one of Fernie's excellent restaurants.

Day 2. A first day in Fernie

After a good sleep and hearty breakfast you'll build your bikes and we'll spend the 1st morning working on mountain bike skills with our instrcutors. More advanced riders will work on advanced skills, while less experinced riders will work on intermediate skills. After returning to the lodge for lunch, we'll head up to the Ridgemont area where a huge spiderweb of trails offers up plenty of options for singletrack fun! We'll return to the lodge at around 5:00 pm. Tonight's dinner will be a communal one, as we get to know each other around the kitchen!

Day 3. Fun in Fernie

After breakfast, we'll ride right from our lodge to the skills park for another morning of instruction. After a full morning of skills work, we'll stop for lunch and fuel up for a big afternoon of biking. We'll head out for another crack at the trails of Fernie, then we'll head back to the lodge for a late afternoon drink on the deck before dinner.

Day 4. Rest Day in Fernie

After breakfast at the lodge, we'll have an optional morning ride up Dem Bones or another skills session. After returning to the lodge for lunch, you'll have the rest of the day off to explore the wonderful town of Fernie. There are myriad options for outdoor fun in this recreational paradise, including river tubing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, chairlift-assisted riding at Fernie Alpine Resort, fly fishing - you name it!

Day 5. Rubberheads and Smugglers

After a scenic 4-hour drive through Kootenay Pass, we arrive at the town of Rossland. A myriad of shuttle opportunities (using our van) will allow us to do up to 7 trails in this mountain bike paradise

Day 6. Seven Summits

Seven Summits is one of the best trails in Canada, and has recently been voted one of the 'Top 10 trails in the world.' The trail is an epic - up to 8 hours - and, like the name suggests, we visit 7 mountain tops in the Rossland area. This is alpine singletrack at its absolute best!

Day 7. Rest Day in the Kootenays

Situated in the Selkirk Mountains, on the shores of Kootenay Lake and overlooking Kokanee Glacier, Nelson is one of the prettiest towns in all of British Columbia. We'll spend the morning enjoying the sights and sounds of Nelson and have lunch in town before heading to the beaches of Kootenay Lake and then stop in at Ainsworth Hot Springs before heading to the pretty - and remote - town of New Denver.

Day 8. Sweet Slocan Singletrack

Situated deep in the Slocan Valley, New Denver is the jewel of the Kootenays: a charming mountain town surrounded by massive peaks, on the shore of a spectacular lake. We'll spend the day exploring these trails before driving to our lodge in Revelstoke.

Day 9. Alpine Bliss

It's time to tackle another epic: the Keystone Standard Basin ride in Revelstoke. This incredible ride is an hour's drive into the backcountry north of Revelstoke, alongside Lake Revelstoke. The ride itself is 6 hours of sheer alpine bliss: buffed singletrack and jaw-dropping scenery. After the ride, we'll head back to our lodge for a BBQ dinner.

Day 10. Revelstoke riding/Roger's Pass

The singletrack on Mt. Macpherson is everything an avid mountain biker could want: challenging climbs, fun downhills, and a huge network to satisfy all levels. After the morning's ride, we'll hop in the van for the 90-minute drive to Golden via spectacular Roger's Pass and the Illicilaweat Glacier. We'll spend the next 2 nights at our deluxe lodge in the mountains.

Day 11. Canyons and Campfires

Today we ride in Golden on the 'Moonraker' trails. These smooth trails leave right from the campsite and feature spectacular 2000-ft-deep canyon scenery and challenging climbs.

Day 12. Golden grins

Definitely a big-grin day with some major vertical descent and technical delights on offer! We'll have breakfast at the camp, load our gear and bikes and then drive to the summit of 'Mount Seven', Golden's premier ride, which rears 1300 metres (4000-ft) up above the Columbia Valley. When we're done here we head into Golden for lunch and load up the van for the drive to Kananaskis. We take time out en route with a stopover in the beautiful and world-famous town of Banff.

Day 13. The best %*#@^!# trail ever !!!

The 'pot of gold' ride, this is the incredible, amazing, scintillating and stunning Jumping Pound / Cox Hill Ride. Rated in several guidebooks as one of the best rides in the whole of North America, this incredible trail will live on in your dreams for years after you ride it! We finish riding in the early afternoon and with huge grins fixed on our faces and a sad tear in our eye, we'll hop in the van for a quick ride back to Calgary. Tonight we stay in a Calgary hotel and celebrate the best riding we've ever likely experienced, drink a beer (or two) with our new friends and relive the many, many highlights of a simply fantastic trip.

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts and Lunches and 2 dinners
  • 2 experienced local guides
  • Transportation in our air-conditioned 12-passenger van
  • Admission to hotsprings and national parks
  • Bike maintenance and repair toolset during the trip

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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BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

Destination information +

Important Stuff +

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Samantha Sedlowsky
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!

Kat Robinson
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]

Gareth Phillips
Gareth here with Sacred Rides. Just finished up guiding for the summer and I'm already stoked for next year. Iv'e been living in Canada for over 20 years after moving from the U.K in my early teens. Lived in Alberta for many years and...[more] Coming soon!

Reg Mullett
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]

Ryan Kikauka
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]

Johanna Weintrager
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, I started racing and coaching pretty quick. Sacred Rides found me in the mountains of... 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]
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Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Keystone Basin, Revelstoke
Mountain Biking in Fernie, BC
Swine Flu Trail, Fernie
Mountain Biking in Fernie
Oasis Trail, Rossland, BC
Fernie mountain biking
Sweet Fernie Singletrack
Verboten Wald, Fernie, BC
Slunt Trail, Fernie, BC
Cox Hill/Jumpingpound Ridge
Canyon Creek Trail, Golden, BC
British Columbia
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Single Room Upgrade$650.00 CAD
Full-suspension Mountain Bike Rental$650.00 CAD
1-hour post-ride massage$100.00 CAD
Extra Hotel Nights
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (single)$130.00 CAD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (double)$150.00 CAD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (single)$130.00 CAD
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (double)$135.00 CAD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 CAD

Book Your Spot!

To book your spot on this Ride, click on one of the Booking links below to put down your deposit. The deposit is fully refundable for 14 days after booking, giving you 2 weeks to sort out flights, vacation time, etc... and not have someone else take your spot(s)!


All departures are guaranteed to run - we'll never cancel a trip due to low numbers!

And we're so certain that you'll have the experience of a lifetime on this Ride that we back it with our Ride Guarantee!

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.

2015
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, August 1, 2015 Calgary airport, 4 pm Thursday, August 13, 2015 Calgary airport, 4 pm 3,695.00 CAD 739.00 CAD Book Now! Limited
2016
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, August 20, 2016 Calgary airport, 4 pm Thursday, September 1, 2016 Calgary airport, 4 pm 3,695.00 CAD 739.00 CAD Book Now! Guaranteed
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