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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.

A match made in heaven.

Peanut butter and chocolate... Wine and cheese... Brad and Angelina... Now it's time to add yoga and mountain biking to the list of perfect pairings!

Combine the adrenaline and thrills of mountain biking with the relaxing focus of yoga, throw in some spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery and a couple of beautiful mountain lodges and you've got all the making of an epic adventure! This 7-day retreat features daily morning and afternoon yoga with our über-qualified instructor Johanna, along with mountain biking on the amazing trails of Fernie and Nipika Mountain Resort, and to top it all off, a paddle down a remote and sublime section of the Kootenay River.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You've been mountain biking for at least 2 years, are up for a bit of a challenge, and have a good level of fitness and good technical skills. You can handle roots, rocks, and small trail obstacles such as 6" high logs across the trail. You have some experience with yoga, or at least a willingness to give it a try.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    6/9

    Level 6/Intermediate Advanced

    • You are confident in your climbing and descending skills.
    • You can handle moderately technical terrain and obstacles such as small logs (up to 4" high) and rocks.
    • You have very good control of your bike on intermediate and slightly more advanced terrain, and are comfortable climbing non-technical singletrack.

    Level 6/Intermediate Advanced

    • You are confident in your climbing and descending skills.
    • You can handle moderately technical terrain and obstacles such as small logs (up to 4" high) and rocks.
    • You have very good control of your bike on intermediate and slightly more advanced terrain, and are comfortable climbing non-technical singletrack.
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $1,795 CADABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    6/9

    Level 6

    • You can ride 4-5 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days.
    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 5-6 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 6

    • You can ride 4-5 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days.
    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 5-6 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $359 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

    7 days
  • DATES

    July-SeptSEE 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?

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  • Lifetime Deposits
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Day 1. Arrive Calgary/Transfer to Fernie

Your driver will meet you at Calgary Airport at 4 pm and take you to our beautiful lodge in Fernie, a scenic 3-hour drive along the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains. Fernie is our base for the next few days as it covers over 80 incredible mountain bike trails to choose from, most just minutes from town. Tonight we'll dine in one of Fernie's excellent restaurants. 

Day 2. A first day in Fernie

We'll get the week off to an awesome start with an early-morning yoga session at our beautiful studio in the shadows of the Rockies. Morning sessions are 60-90 minutes, designed to get your day off to an invigorating start. Johanna will be your yoga instructor and lead guide for this trip - she is certified and trained in many styles of yoga, and has developed a series of asanas especially designed for cyclists.  
 
After a hearty breakfast, made with fresh local ingredients, we'll build your bikes and spend the 1st morning working on mountain bike skills. Then we're off to Ridgemont, ground zero for the Fernie mountain biking scene. Dozens of trails crisscross this singletrack paradise and we'll hit some of the local favourites like Kid's Stuff, Splitting Bears and Hessian. After returning to the lodge for a delicious chef-prepared lunch, we'll head out again for an afternoon ride and more singletrack feasting! We'll return to the lodge late afternoon and enjoy a relaxing afternoon yoga session (on the deck overlooking the Rockies, weather permitting), followed by dinner at the lodge.

Day 3. More Fun in Fernie

After morning yoga and another delicious breakfast, we'll ride right from our lodge to the skills park for another morning skills session. After the skills park, we'll hit the trails and sample some more of the local goodies, like the trails of Mt. Fernie Park, including epics like Dem Bones and the grueling but rewarding Slunt Trail. After a full day of singletrack, we'll return to the lodge for a few drinks on the deck.

Day 4. Toby Canyon, Radium Hot Springs, Nipika Mountain Resort

After the morning yoga session and a late breakfast in Fernie, we'll hop in the van for a scenic drive up the Rocky Mountain Trench to the beautiful Toby Canyon outside of Invermere. We'll ride the beautiful Toby Canyon trail, with spectacular views overlooking the Canyon all along the way. After our ride we'll head over to nearby Radium Hot Springs for a soak in the pools, then hop back in the van for a beautiful drive to Nipika Mountain Resort. Nipika is a beautiful wilderness haven tucked into the Rockies just outside of Kootenay National Park, and surrounded by spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery. This will be our base for the next few days of exploring; our hosts Lyle and Bev always do their utmost to ensure you have an unforgettable experience!
 
After an afternoon yoga set in Nipika's beautiful barn (perfectly set up for yoga), and a delicious dinner prepared by our hosts, a campfire under the stars awaits...

Day 5. Nipika Mountain Resort

Nipika Resort is an incredible place to wake up in: the Rockies surround you, horses gaze the grounds of the resort, the air smells as sweet as a honey breeze, and... well, it's just paradise on Earth. Watch the sun coming up over the mountains while Johanna leads you through an incredible morning yoga set and you'll have as mystical a moment as you're likely to get anywhere.
 
After a delicious breakfast, you'll hop on your bikes and head out to explore the network of singletrack surrounding the lodge, much of it handbuilt by Lyle and his team. There's beautiful riverside rides, rides to scenic viewpoints over Kootenay Park, and of course plenty of wildlife to spot while out riding. 
 
After a full day of exploring, and another afternoon yoga session to get out the day's kinks, another hearty dinner awaits, followed by an evening soak in the hot tub under the starts. Ahh... bliss!

Day 6. Paddling the Kootenay River

An unforgettable adventure awaits today! After morning yoga, breakfast and a short ride near the resort, it's time to swap pedals for paddles! Today you'll experience the wild and scenic Kootenay River from the seat of a canoe. Beautiful scenery, plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities, and an amazing paddle led by Nipika's naturalists all make for an unforgettable experience. No paddling experience is necessary.
 
You'll celebrate your last evening together with an amazing dinner and end-of-Ride party!

Day 7. More Nipika riding, return to Calgary

Your last day together brings one last yoga session and a fantastic morning of riding around Nipika, before packing up your bike, enjoying one last lunch together, and hopping in the van to Calgary. The shuttle arrives at Calgary airport at approximately 6 pm. For those spending the night in Calgary, we'll be doing a dropoff at the Calgary Airport Sandman Inn right after the airport.

  • 6 nights accommodation in Fernie and Nipika Mtn Resort
  • Hearty and healthy breakfasts and lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 2 local guides and plenty of incredible mountain biking in the Rockies
  • 2 daily yoga sessions with an experienced instructor
  • All transportation during the trip, including airport pickup/dropoff

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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GETTING THERE AND BACK +

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BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

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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!
Mountain Biking in Fernie, BC
Mountain Biking in Fernie
Fernie mountain biking
Sweet Fernie Singletrack
Verboten Wald, Fernie, BC
Slunt Trail, Fernie, BC
British Columbia
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-suspension Mountain Bike Rental$450.00 USD
Single Room Upgrade$450.00 USD
1-hour post-ride massage$100.00 USD
Extra Hotel Nights
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (single)$125.00 USD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (double)$150.00 USD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (single)$125.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (double)$150.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 CAD

There are no scheduled departures for this Ride at the moment, however custom group departures are available for groups of 4 or more. If you are interested in a custom departure, contact our office at ride@sacredrides.com or 1-888-423-7849. You can also add this Ride to your Bucket List (click on 'Add to Bucket List' at right) and you'll be notified when scheduled dates are added!

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