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 multiple hours of challenging alpine bliss.This trip is for the true mountain bike nut - multiple 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 CBT/Moonraker trails.
Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System for a better understanding of what to expect.
IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?
This Ride is for you if you are an advanced level Rider, with the fitness to conquer some big days of pedalling multiple days in a row. 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 1,000 vertical metres in a day at a moderate pace, and can handle technical terrain such as roots, rocks and obstacles. A little exposure is no biggie for you. You like to ride hard and come back to a nice hot shower and a yummy dinner at a lodge.
WHY RIDE WITH US?
- Satisfaction Guarantee
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- 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, the group will dine in one of Fernie's local hot spots.
DAY 2. INTRO TO FERNIE RIDING
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!) and then head off to the Ridgemont area, where a huge spiderweb of trails offer up plenty of options to get this singletrack party started.
After our first ride, it’s back to the lodge for lunch and a short break to get yourself dialed in.
This afternoon, we’ll test out our climbing legs and head up Swine Flu for a super-fun and flowy descent.
Tonight, we’ll head out for a group dinner before heading back to the lodge for a good nights 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.
When we hit valley bottom we’ll tackle another climb up the road to Island Lake Lodge for a top quality lunch with unbelievable views.
Afterwards, it’s all downhill on the new Lazy Lizard flow trail, then the choice is yours; cruise back to the lodge or head into the provincial park with the guides for some more adventure.
We guarantee you’ll be satisfied after this day of pedaling.
Enjoy another night at the lodge and suit yourselves with whatever your dinner desires may be.
DAY 4. CASTLE MOUNTAIN RIDING
After breakfast at the lodge, we'll head over to Castle Mountain for another challenging enduro style ride; as in a BIG climb followed by a HUGE descent! The riding at Castle consists of blue to black level trails.
We’ll head back to the lodge for 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 to 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! FERNIE TO ROSSLAND
This morning, we’ll have one last breakfast at the lodge and pack up the shuttle for a picturesque tour through the southern BC interior.
We’ll stop in the mountain town of Yahk for lunch.
After a 5-hour drive through the Rockies, Purcells, and Selkirk Mountain Ranges, we’ll arrive in the town of Rossland, where we’ll get straight to business. A shuttled downhill is on the agenda, as we’re saving our climbing legs for tomorrow.
Tonight, we’ll settle into our accommodation, get some good grub in our bellies and rest up for the massive day ahead.
DAY 6. SEVEN SUMMITS
We’ll rise and shine in the valleys of Rossland, sip some local brew and eat up a hearty breakfast.
Today, we’ll conquer a legend.
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! We’ll stop for a picnic lunch at one of many incredible vistas along the route.
We’ll head back to Rossland for some eats, celebratory brews and a good night of rest.
DAY 7. NELSON, NEW DENVER AND SLOCAN LAKE
After a hearty breakfast we’ll head off to the hippy town of Nelson.
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 remote town of New Denver.
In New Denver, we'll check out the Galena Trail and finish off the day at Slocan Lake for a refreshing swim, then check into our accommodation in town, and enjoy some quality local dining.
DAY 8. SWEET SLOCAN SINGLETRACK AND STOKE IN REVELSTOKE
After a group breakfast, we’ll get packed up and ready for riding.
Situated deep in the Slocan Valley, New Denver is a jewel of the Kootenays: a charming mountain town surrounded by massive peaks, on the shore of a spectacular lake.
We'll have the option of a shuttled ride on the new trail called Butter, just North of town. Then a 2 1/2hr drive including a ferry crossing at Upper Arrow Lakes, to our next riding destination; the MacPherson cross-country trail network just South of Revelstoke.
We’ll stop for lunch along the way in Nakusp.
Tonight, we’ll check into The Glacier House Hotel and dine at one of the many local pubs in Revy.
DAY 9. ALPINE BLISS ON FRISBY RIDGE
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head off to Revelstoke’s marquee alpine mtn bike trail: Frisby Ridge.
This is a purpose built trail, constructed by bikers for bikers. Magnificent views, abundant wildflowers and excellent fast flowy riding await. Through impressive mountain hemlock sub-alpine forest and into the alpine meadows, cresting on a rolling ridge with views in all directions. You reach the high point at the 10 km mark after climbing 700 meters then the trail dips down for another 2 km, with stunning mountain views, to a small lake.
We’ll stop for a picnic lunch lakeside.
This afternoon brings us to the Ultimate Frisby Trail. This classic DH trail treats us with great cliffside views of the Jordan River below (careful) and steep terrain that will have you shaking out your arms a few times.
We’ll head back to The Glacier House Hotel (right at the base of the trail!) to clean up before heading out for another group dinner in town.
DAY 10. REVELSTOKE RIDING AND ROAD TRIP THROUGH ROGER'S PASS
After breakfast, we’ll pack up and hit two more highly renowned trails in Revy; Keystone Standard Basin all alpine all mountain ride and Martha's Creek DH.
We’ll stop for a scenic picnic lunch.
After the morning's ride, we'll hop in the van for the 2-hour drive to Golden via spectacular Roger's Pass and the Illicilaweat Glacier.
We'll spend the next 2 nights at our deluxe lodge near the base of Kicking Horse Ski Resort, where we can take advantage of the massive kitchen to do a home cooked group dinner, or head to the resort restaurant just down the road.
DAY 11. VISTAS AND VALLEYS
After breakfast, we’ll hop on our bikes and leave right from the front door of our lodge in Golden.
We’ll hit up the CBT/Moonraker trails today and log some more quality mileage. These trail systems offer up tonnes of superb singletrack through cedar and fir forests with stunning views of the Columbia River Basin and Canyon Creek. Expect some exposure from the canyon’s rim, and some technical rooty sections, with climbing and super-fun downhills.
Today, we’ll enjoy lunch in town and some time chilling out at one of the local cafes.
Tonight can be a communal dinner back at the Grand Lodge, or we’ll grab some grub in the town of Golden.
DAY 12. GOLDEN GRINS
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll gear up for a day of DH!
Definitely a big-grin day with some major vertical descent and technical delights on offer! Even if you don’t consider yourself much of a downhiller, this is a key part of the Ultimate BC experience. The gondola ride, the vistas, the never ending flow… oh, it’s so good. Just like the ski hill, runs vary from green to double black. We generally lean toward the blues.
And to top it off, we’ll do lunch at 7,700 ft.
After a morning of thrills, we’ll load up the shuttle and head off for the 2hr drive East. We’ll make a 45 min stop in Banff so everyone can get their “tourist” fix, then proceed to Canmore to check into our hotel.
Tonight, we’ll head out on the town for our final dinner together.
DAY 13. THE BEST %*#@^!# TRAIL EVER!!!
We’ll wake up in Canmore and do breakfast at the hotel.
Then, we’ll gear up for 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.
- 12 nights accommodation
- 12 healthy and delicious breakfasts, lunches, snack and drinks for riding
- 2 local, experienced and super-fun guides
- All transportation during the trip, including airport pick-up and drop-off at Calgary International Airport
- Bike tools and maintenance kit at your disposal
- Ice-cold microbrews and local beverages at the end of each days ride
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|Name||Bio||My 'Sacred Ride'|
|My name is Travis Foell, 24 years old I have been biking since I could walk. I broke my first bike frame at six by taking it off a 3 foot drop to flat pavement. This past year 2014/2015 I took a mountain adventure program here in fernie that...[more]||Coming soon!|
|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]|
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|Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental||$780.00 CAD|
|Single Room Supplement||$650.00 CAD|
|1-hour post-ride massage||$100.00 CAD|
|Donation to Bikes Without Borders||$20.00 CAD|
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|Saturday, August 19, 2017||Calgary airport, 4 pm||Thursday, August 31, 2017||Calgary airport, 4 pm||4,495.00||899.00||CAD||Book Now!|
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|Saturday, July 21, 2018||Calgary airport, 4 pm||Thursday, August 2, 2018||Calgary airport, 4 pm||4,495.00||899.00||CAD||Book Now!|
|Saturday, August 18, 2018||Calgary airport, 4 pm||Thursday, August 30, 2018||Calgary airport, 4 pm||4,495.00||899.00||CAD||Book Now!|
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