This trip has been more than I could ever have hoped for. Excellent MTB riding, and an incredible cultural experience. Mandil is a phenomenal guide, as is... Margo Downey
 

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Have a partner who doesn't mountain bike? Wish you could bring him/her along on your mountain bike adventures, and both have a rockin' good time? Well, we've got the solution for you!

Our newest Ride features lots of amazing singletrack riding for the mountain bikers (with an itinerary similar to our Rocky Mountain Singletrack Ride), plus hiking, yoga, hot springs, spa time, and even introductory mountain bike lessons for your partner. There's also plenty of together time to keep your adventure fires burning brightly, from alpine hikes to swimming in backcountry lakes, even a group paddle down the spectacular Kootenay River!

 

Finally, you can go on an adventure together and get plenty of what you both really want instead of having to compromise. Who said you can't have it all?

 

PRICE LISTED IS PER PERSON.  Please refer to the "What's Included" tab for more information.

 

Marital Bliss: Read a writeup of this Ride at  singletracks.com

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

This Ride is for experienced mountain bikers and their non-mountain-biking partners. YOU: a passionate mountain biker who loves spectacular cross-country riding, and can handle challenging climbs and technical terrain (roots, rocks, and small logs). YOUR PARTNER: reasonably fit and active, adventurous, and an outdoor lover. Willing to try mountain biking in a safe, friendly environment with experienced instructors/guides.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    ADVANCED 7/9

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

    You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue and black trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

    You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue and black trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $3,795 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

    7/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $759 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

    Bring Your Partner

    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

    8 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
  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

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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 - Arrive in Calgary, Transfer to Fernie

Our driver and shuttle will greet you at Calgary airport at 4:00 p.m. for the scenic 3 and a 1/2 hour drive to beautiful Fernie, British Columbia.
 
After you check in to our lodge on the banks of the Elk River, we’ll head to a local restaurant for our first of many fun dinners!
 

Day 2 - An Epic Fernie Intro

We'll start with a delicious breakfast at the lodge and a review of the weeks itinerary, then the mountain bikers will head out to the local skills park for some quick drills and tips to get ready for an amazing week.
 
The Riders will then hit the Ridgemont trail network to get our wheels spinning.
 
The Partners will get their rental bikes fitted and also head over to the skills park where they'll talk basics before heading out for a picturesque introductory ride around the outskirts of town, followed by a beautiful hike to Fairy Creek Falls, in the shadow of massive Mount Proctor. The falls are a semi challenging half-hour hike each way, and a great place for a snack and a relaxing cool-off. 
 
The Partners will make it back to the lodge by noon, then enjoy an outdoor yoga session before the Riders get back and lunch is served.  Everyone will meet up and chow down on some delicious homemade cuisine featuring plenty of local, organic ingredients.
 
We'll all enjoy a quick chill out and yes, then more biking!
 
The Riders will head out for a solid uphill/downhill kind of journey, while the Partners take a more moderate approach.
 
The Partners will complete the scenic town loop along the river's edge and make their way into the beginner friendly Montane trail network. Our friendly instructors will include plenty of riding tips and a gradual progression into some flowy singletrack trails.
 
After the rides, we’ll conclude an amazing first day with a couple drinks on the deck of our lodge, or perhaps on the shores of the Elk River.
 
We'll head into town for a communal dinner at one of Fernie's awesome restaurants and watch the sun set on the Rockies. 
 

Day 3 - Fernie Alpine Resort 

Fernie Alpine Resort is one of North America’s premier ski resorts; by summer it’s a mountain bike paradise, with over 50 trails for all levels of bikers.
 
The Riders will hit the chairlifts first thing and start accumulating some serious vertical mileage.
 
The Partners will start the day with some more lessons at the resort base, once again with our friendly, certified instructors, before trying out some of the beginner trails (also accessed by chairlift).
 
We'll enjoy a group lunch at the resort base area, then we’ll all head up the Timber Chair together for some incredible alpine views.
 
The Partners will set out for some hiking way up in Timber Bowl, and the Riders have the option of joining the hike, or more downhill action!
 
The Riders will check out some rad trails this afternoon that take us all the way from the ski hill back to town.
 
This afternoon, we’ll all hop in the van for a 30-minute drive to spectacular Silver Springs Lakes, a chain of 3 small lakes just outside of nearby Elko, with sapphire-blue waters and fun cliffs for jumping, ranging from 4 to 40 feet. Now we're getting into the summer scene here!
 
Time for another dinner in town.
 

DAY 4 - HIKING, BIKING, AND SPA TIME AT ISLAND LAKE LODGE

After breakfast, we’ll drive up to Island Lake Lodge, 8km outside of Fernie deep in the Lizard Range. This is a world-famous cat skiing resort set on the shores of a spectacular mountain lake under impressive jagged peaks.
 
We’ll all start the day off with a hike up the sublime Spineback Trail, high into the alpine above the treeline, with spectacular views of the valley below.
 
We’ll return to the lodge for a gourmet lunch on the deck.
 
In the afternoon, the Riders will ride the amazing new Lazy Lizard Flow Trail through old-growth forest in the Cedar Valley.
 
The Partners will stay behind to get pampered at the lodge spa, including a 60-minute massage and some down time in the outdoor relaxation area and hot tub. Read on the dock, take a stroll around the lake, or go paddle a canoe, stopping for a chat with one of the local moose or elk.
 
Tonight indulge in the gourmet dining at Island Lake's renowned Tamarack Restaurant.
 

Day 5 - Canyons and Campfires

We’ll load up the van after breakfast and head up the Rocky Mountain Trench for a 2 and a 1/2 hour drive with no shortage of awe-inspiring views.
 
We’ll stop for lunch in the town of Invermere.
 
After lunch, we'll head to Toby Canyon for a rolling cross-country ride for the Riders, and a beautiful hike along the canyon's edge for the Partners.
 
Later this afternoon, we'll go to a nearby lake for an afternoon swim, snacks, and drinks on the beach. If it's a cool day, we can check out Radium Hot Springs instead.
 
Once we've had our fill, we’ll all head to nearby Nipika Mountain Resort, a secluded backcountry resort on the edge of Kootenay National Park.
 
Dinner, wine and a campfire under the stars await!
 

Day 6 - Our Private Playground

Nipika has lots of fun, private trails from easy to hard for mountain bikers and hikers alike.
 
This morning, the Riders will hit the local singletrack.
 
The Partners will start their day off with yoga in Nipika's awesome barn, and then bikes will be provided to explore this beautiful area by bicycle and foot.
 
After lunch, we'll all hit the water with an amazing afternoon of paddling on the wild and scenic Kootenay River. This trip offers spectacular scenery, great wildlife viewing opportunities, and fun paddling (for all levels), using safe & stable SOAR inflatable canoes, with canoeing instruction provided throughout the trip.
 
After our trip down the Kootenay, we'll enjoy a great meal, more end-of-day wine and perhaps some horseshoes, disk golf, and a late night wood-fired sauna!
 

Day 7 - Banff National Park

After breakfast at Nipika, we'll hop in the van for another beautiful drive, this time to spectacular Banff National Park. Banff is one of the crown jewels of the Canadian national park system, and one stroll down the main street will show you why: towering, postcard-perfect Rocky Mountain peaks in all directions.

 

We'll have lunch and a bit of free time to explore the town. It's great fun to join the other tourists, shop for souvenirs, and walk along the Bow River.

 

We'll then get out of the crowds and head to nearby Canmore. In Canmore, the Riders will sample more beautiful singletrack while the Partners head out for an afternoon stroll, taking in more super-natural sights and sounds on the trails around town.

 

Tonight we enjoy our final dinner in the town of Canmore, and the always-lively end-of-trip party!
 

Day 8 - Kananaskis Country

We've got something special in store for the last day! Today, everyone heads up the spectacular Prairie View Trail, a summit in the front ranges of the Rockies with awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping views of Barrier Lake, the front ranges of the Rockies, and the prairies off in the distance.

 

The Riders will crest over the top and carry on to the awesome Jewell Pass downhill, while the Partners tackle the out-and-back route by foot, pushing for the same amazing summit.

 

Everyone will meet back at the day use area by the lake, pack up, and enjoy a picnic lunch on the shore before heading to the Calgary airport and hotels.

  • 7 nights accommodation in private rooms at beautiful lodges and resorts
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners, snack and drinks for riding
  • Cold microbrews at the end of each day's riding
  • Friendly, local and experienced mountain biking and hiking guides
  • Afternoon paddling adventure on the Kootenay River
  • Lift Passes at Fernie Alpine Resort
  • Welcome bottle of wine to get your romantic adventure off on the right foot
  • Full-suspension mountain bike rental for Partners (days 2 & 3), and fat bike rental on Day 6
  • 60-minute massage at the Island Lake Lodge Spa for Partners

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Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

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]

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 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]
  • Nipika mountain resort, British Columbia, Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Adventures
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

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 0 m
2 4.5 hours 27 km 660 m 660 m 1344 m
3 4.5 hours 21 km 350 m 1467 m 1370 m
4 2.5 hours 16 km 650 m 938 m 1390 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 26.5 hours 145 km 3910 m 5315 m 1848 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$530.00 CAD
1-hour post-ride massage$110.00 CAD
1 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$390.00 CAD
3 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$710.00 CAD
6 Month Pre-Ride Training Program $1,330.00 CAD
VIP Upgrade for Two (BYP Rides) $775.00 CAD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 CAD
2018
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, August 4, 2018 Calgary airport, 4 pm Saturday, August 11, 2018 Calgary airport, 4 pm 3,795.00 759.00 CAD Limited Book Now!
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, August 3, 2019 Calgary airport, 4 pm Saturday, August 10, 2019 Calgary airport, 4 pm 3,895.00 779.00 CAD Guaranteed Book Now!
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