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.
WHY RIDE WITH US?
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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
Day 3. More Fun in Fernie
Day 4. Toby Canyon, Radium Hot Springs, Nipika Mountain Resort
Day 5. Nipika Mountain Resort
Day 6. Paddling the Kootenay River
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
Arrival and Departure Airport
You should fly into and out of Calgary International Airport (YYC). Please see the schedule page for the exact pickup times for your particular trip. Please note: we do not book flights for our Riders - contact your local travel agent or visit igougo.com to book your flights to Calgary.
Pickup & Drop-off Information
The pickup point is Meeting Point A, at the information counter at the domestic arrivals area.
Our shuttle departs Calgary airport at 4 pm sharp. We will wait for delayed passengers until 5 pm at the absolute latest, but after 5 we have to leave (it is a 3-hour drive to Fernie and we typically have tired people who have been flying for most of the day). If you are experiencing delays with your flights, please call our BC office at +1.250.278-0054 as soon as possible, or call our toll-free line at 1-888-423-7849 (within North America). Please write down these numbers and keep them with you when you are travelling.
If you are unable to make it to the shuttle, you will have to arrange alternate transportation to Fernie. Please see 'extending your trip' below for information about private shuttles and the Greyhound bus.
On the last day of the trip, we ride until about 2:00 pm, then drive to Calgary (we will not be returning to Canmore), stopping first at our partner hotel (Sandman Airport Inn Calgary, with free airport shuttle -see below) to drop off those staying until the next day or longer. We then head to the airport to drop off those people who are flying out that night. n.b. if you are planning on flying home on the last night of the trip, we recommend you not book anything departing before 7:00 pm, to take into account any unexpected delays.
After dropping people off at the airport, the van will return to Fernie, arriving at approximately 8 pm. If you have made your own way to Fernie for the start of the trip and need to return to get to your vehicle, you are welcome to join our guides on the return to Fernie, free of charge.
Extending Your Ride
If you want to extend your trip by arriving early or staying on after your trip, there are a few things you should know:
We can arrange special pickups if you are arriving before the scheduled pickup date, however the price for a private shuttle is expensive ($400 CAN). An alternative is taking the Greyhound bus to Fernie from Calgary. There are 2 buses/day: departing 6:30 am, arriving 12:05 pm
departing 10:10 pm, arriving 3:05 am If you are taking the bus, please let us know and we'll arrange to have a taxi meet you at the bus depot for the five-minute drive to our lodge.
- You can book accommodation at the Sandman Airport Inn in Calgary before or after your trip. Please contact the Sandman Airport Inn directly and mention Sacred Rides for a discounted rate.
- You can book extra nights at our lodge in Fernie, depending on availablity. Price is $90/night for a double room - please contact our office via email.
If you want information on places to visit and things to see in British Columbia or the Banff area after/before your trip, here are a couple of useful websites:
Tourism British Columbia
Banff National Park website
Many of our clients choose to visit the Canmore/Banff/Lake Louise area after their trip. The easiest way to do this is to arrange a shuttle to Banff or Canmore when you get to the Calgary airport. These can be booked onsite or in advance by visiting the Banff Airport Taxi website.
You may cancel your reservation with no penalty within 7 days of booking. After the first week, our cancellation policy is as follows:
-60 days notice or more: $500 cancellation fee per person, or $250 transfer fee if you transfer to another trip
-30-60 days notice: $750 cancellation fee per person, or $300 transfer fee if you transfer to another trip
-less than 30 days notice: the full trip price is forfeited.
Please note that our cancellation policy is strict, and we ask that you do not request an exception to our policy. For this reason we strongly urge you to purchase affordable trip cancellation insurance.
Travel insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage, is compulsory for all our tours. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our tour (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances) or in the unlikely event that our tour must be cancelled.
You can purchase insurance from our partners at bikeflights.com via our insurance page.
If you don't feel like hauling your bike to BC, an alternative is renting a bike. We have partnered with Straight Line Bikes to offer reliable Santa Cruz full-suspension bikes for rent. Straight Line offers your choice of the Tallboy, Blur LT and Heckler. These are quality all-mountain bikes, purchased new each year, and built to handle the demanding terrain of British Columbia. Price is $399 Cdn for the duration of the trip. This can be booked online when making your initial booking, or added later. We recommend booking your bike rental at least 2 months in advance to ensure we have your size available.
please note: our rental bikes come with flat pedals. If you are used to riding with SPDs, we recommend bringing your pedals and shoes with you - we'll swap the pedals when you arrive.
Travelling with your bike
If you've never traveled with your bike, don't worry - it's much easier than you think! If you don't have a case for your bike, we recommend one of two options:
1) if you think you may be travelling more than once with your bike, then we recommend purchasing a purpose-made bike bag. This will protect your bike from damages, and makes shlepping your bike around a little bit easier than with a rigid box or cardboard box. We sell beautiful handmade bags by PikaPackworks in the United States. For more information, visit our online store.
2) If you think this is the only trip you'll take with your bike for a while, then you can pick up a cardboard travel box for your bike at your local store. Some stores will also pack your bike up for you for a fee.
Alternately, you can courier your bike to Straight Line Bikes in Fernie. For $40 they will take delivery of your bike and assemble it (there is no charge if you don't want them to assemble the bike). We will pick up your bike and have it waiting for you at our lodge. Please visit their website for contact information and notify them in advance that you are shipping your bike, and also notify our office.
What type of bike should you bring?
We recommend you bring a solid all-mountain bike with you on this trip, with at least 4-5" of travel, and no heavier than 30 pounds since there are several long climbs. A bike with at least 2 chainrings up front is mandatory, as is front suspension.
Tools to bring
- multitool (preferably with chainbreaker)
- tire levers
- small bottle of chain lube
- tire pump
- suspension pump
Spare parts for your bike
Although there are some parts available locally, we recommend you bring the following parts and gear with you to avoid problems in case of breakdown or broken parts:
- rear derailleur hanger (at least 1, preferably 2)
- extra set of front and rear brake pads
- extra chain if your chain is more than 6 months old
- 3 tubes
- 3 extra spokes
N.B. If you are renting a bike, the above is not necessary (with the exception of a few spare tubes).
Assembling your bike when you arrive
We have bike stands and a full toolset available for assembling your bike once you arrive. You can build your bike the night you arrive, or the next morning. We will have a prearranged time for building bikes and our staff are on hand for assistance.
Accommodation during this trip is in beautiful locally-owned lodges and hotels, on a shared basis. You will be paired with a roommate of the same sex for the duration of the trip. If you would like a single room to yourself, you can pay the single supplement fee during the booking process.
We have a few add-ons that will make your trip even more memorable. These can be added when you make your booking or added later:
- post-ride therapeutic massage with a RMT(1 hour): $100 Cdn
The yoga on this Ride will be led by the incredible Johanna Weintrager, our lead guide and instructor for over 6 years. In addition to being an incredible mountain bike guide, Johanna is also an amazing yoga instructor trained in many styles of yoga, including Kripalu, Ashtanga and others. No prior experience with yoga is necessary, but if you have done yoga before you can do more advanced postures.
Yoga takes place every morning at 7:00 am and every afternoon before dinner. Sessions last roughly 60 minutes, with morning sessions generally focused on active, invigorating poses and afternoon sets focusing more on relaxation and stretching.
Weather and Clothing
The weather in the Rocky mountains can be quite cool in the evenings, and at higher altitudes during the day, with lows between 10 and 18 degrees Celsius, so we recommend you bring long pants and a jacket for the evenings. Daytime highs are usually quite warm, with highs between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. We recommend you bring some type of shell to keep you warm and dry at higher altitudes in case of inclement weather.
- comfortable clothes for riding, such as biking jerseys and padded shorts. 2+ sets are ideal, 1 is a must.
- bike gloves (2 sets is ideal)
- lightweight, weather-resistant outerwear for riding in inclement weather.
- warm clothing such as sweaters and fleece jackets and pants for nighttime.
- sunglasses/eye protection for sunny and/or muddy days.
- hydration system that can carry at least 2 litres (bottles and/or hydration pack)
- toiletries i.e. toothbrush, shampoo, soap
- sunscreen and insect repellent
Passports & Visas
All travelers require a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity). Citizens of some countries will also require a visa. For more information, please contact your local Canadian embassy, or passport office.
If you need to contact us in an emergency, you can reach us during office hours at the following numbers:
Dialing within North America: 1 (888) 423-7849
Dialing outside of North America: +1 (647) 999-7955
If you feel that you need to contact us outside of office hours, our BC office can be contacted at +1.250.278-0054
If you do not receive an immediate answer when calling the above numbers, please leave us a detailed message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Vaccinations are not required for Canada, and Canada has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Should you experience illness or injury while in Canada, rest assured that you will receive the best care possible.
You should have a moderately high level of fitness and be able to bike for up to four hours a day in order to fully enjoy the spectacular scenery and riding on this trip. This is one of our most challenging trips, and you need to be prepared.
We recommend you train in advance of this trip, in order to get the most out of this trip. If you are interested, our coaches Heather and Jason have developped a solid Pre-Ride Training Program to get you at your optimal fitness level. To learn more about this unique training program, click here.
On this trip, all breakfasts and lunches are included in the trip price. Dinners can be taken in local restaurants or you can use the kitchens at our lodges (from past experience, most groups decide together whether they will eat out or stay in on a particular night). You should budget $10 Cdn per meal prepared in-kitchen, or $15-$20 per dinner in local restaurants (depending on the quality of restaurants you choose).
Aside from meals, there are no required additional expenses for this trip, but you might like to take spending money for such things as souvenir shopping, nightlife and Internet cafes. The easiest way to deal with spending money is to withdraw money from an ATM/bank machine, which are readily available.
All of the lodges and hotels on this trip have laundry service or available washers and dryers.
All of the towns where we are staying have internet cafés, and most of our accommodations also have wireless internet access on-site.
Gratuities of 10-20% at restaurants are common in Canada. We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received excellent service and have had an enjoyable trip. A typical gratuity is $20-$100 per guide.
The Canadian currency is the Canadian dollar (CAN). For the latest currency exchange information use the Yahoo! Currency Exchange Calculator
We're so sure you'll have an amazing time on this trip that we're offering a satisfaction guarantee. View more information about our guarantee.
|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]|
|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!|
|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, 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]|
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!
|Single Room Upgrade||$450.00 CAD|
|Full-suspension Mountain Bike Rental||$450.00 CAD|
|1-hour post-ride massage||$100.00 CAD|
|Extra post-Ride hotel nights (single)||$125.00 CAD|
|Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (double)||$150.00 CAD|
|Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (single)||$125.00 CAD|
|Extra post-Ride hotel nights (double)||$150.00 CAD|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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