"That was the most epic adventure I've ever been on." Rowan Hick, CAD
 

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The Monashees, the Selkirks, the Purcells and the Rocky Mountains. if these names have a familiar ring to them, it's because they're the stuff of legend.

These four majestic mountain ranges make up the Kootenays of British Columbia, and are home to some of the finest, gnarliest and most fun trails we've ever experienced. From Rossland we'll head north to Revelstoke, then east through Golden and Alberta's famous Bow Valley, discovering five funky little towns along the way where mountain biking isn't just a hobby, it's a way of life. We'll show you the goods on this masterfully-crafted itinerary as you witness some of the most striking mountain scenery these provinces have to offer and ride some of the most heavenly singletrack that's blessed this Earth.

 

Plus, you'll get to ride with and learn from coach and MTB legend, Ryan Leech! Want to work on your manuals, stoppies, bunny hops or wheelies? Or learn how to tackle and glide through a technical section of trail? You'll have Ryan at your disposal for a portion of the trip to bring your riding skills and confidence to the next level!

 

Post-ride, you'll enjoy our careful selection of mountain lodges and plush cabins, equipped with hot tubs and well-stocked fridges. This trip flows like a fine ale, so be sure to show up thirsty!

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You live for adventure, and you love a good challenge. You're an accomplished rider, but you're still keen on fine-tuning new skills on the bike and progressing as a rider (with the help of Ryan Leech). Long, steep climbs don't phase you, and technical, steeper descents excite you. There's very little flat riding in the Rockies, and trails are sprinkled with rooty, rocky and techy gnar to keep you on your toes. This isn't a stage race and we're not about crushing KOMs, but we'll keep a good pace and may split up into smaller groups to keep things flowing nicely. We'll stop to enjoy the views, catch our breath, have a snack, a chat, and keep things moving… for 7 incredible days! In short: you have a longer travel trail bike, you're not afraid of 1,000m of climbing, you enjoy a good laugh and good company on the trail, and you love some gravity fed adrenaline? Then this ride is for you.

  • 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

    $3,595 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

    $719 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

    8 days
  • DATES

    June-SeptemberSEE 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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Day 1 - Welcome to the West Koots! 

This trip starts in the Southern Interior town of Castlegar. Our shuttle will be at the West Kootenay Regional airport at 5:30 pm Pacific time to pick you up. Then we'll make our way to Rossland and check in to the Red Mountain Village right at the base of the ski hill at 6:30. We'll get comfortable, do a proper meet-and-greet with your guides and new family for the week, then head into town for our first communal dinner.

 

*Note* - an optional pickup is available at the Cranbrook airport at 3:00 pm Mountain time, just in case anybody cannot get a flight to Castlegar

 

Day 2 - Ride Rossland

The guides will fire up a hearty breakfast for everyone in the spacious kitchen, served at our usual time of 8:00 am sharp. Riders will have the chance to get their kit ready and build bikes if necessary. The condos have big garages, awesome for hanging out and tinkering. Then we'll start our first ride straight from here, a perfect warm-up run on Techno Grind, KC Ridge, and Milky Way. We'll start easy, get the blood flowing, then kick things up a notch with a 650 m descent! The shuttle will pick us up way down at the bottom, and we'll pop into town for lunch. Rossland is a charming little town full of mountain bikers, with a quaint main street dotted with great shops and cafes.

 

After filling up we'll pack in a solid afternoon ride (Drakes to Crown Point) starting with a fairly long climb, into a techy flowing descent. Another bonus shuttle pickup will be waiting for us at the bottom, with a cooler full of ice-cold beverages. Then back to the condo for showers and chill time, and into town for eats.

 

Day 3 - Seven Summits

It's the all-mountain epic you've been waiting for. You can choose to tackle the whole thing or take the second entrance, which cuts about 30% off trail. We'll start the day with another delicious breakfast cooked by the guides, and everyone will pack a lunch for later (tell us what you like, and we'll stock up on supplies beforehand). The entire Seven Summits ride covers a 35km distance, climbs 1400m of elevation, and drops 2250M. That's a lot. It typically takes between 5-7hrs to finish it.

 

The shuttle will be waiting at the bottom with, of course, a cooler full of well-earned cold ones. After cheersing and hydrating, we'll take you back for a shower before making our way to the Rock Cut Pub, just down the street, where we typically end up gorging on comfort food after this unforgettable world-class ride.

 

Day 4 - New Denver and Halcyon Hot Springs

Wake up and pack up, we're going into Rossland for breakfast. Then it's a 2hr drive to New Denver where we'll stretch the legs, walk around town and grab a bite for lunch. Today's ride in the mystical Slocan Valley starts with the incredible Galena trail - a historic railway, to the remains of Alamo Siding - a relic of a train station, to the wild downhill of Choices and Old Sandon Rd. Finish at Slocan Lake and enjoy cold bevies by the beach. This view is sure to knock your riding socks off. Go on… jump in for a swim and soak in this glorious setting!

 

Finally, we'll hop back in the van and shuttle to Halcyon Hot Springs Resort. This place is truly awesome. We'll check into our very plush cottages for the night and get settled. We've got dinner reservations at the Kingfisher Restaurant and a hot date with the spring-fed pools.

 

Day 5 - Ferry Crossing, Revy Riding, and Log Cabins

Today starts with an a-la-carte breakfast before loading the van for the scenic ferry crossing of Upper Arrow Lake. Now, on to the Mt MacPherson trail system of Revelstoke. We'll start with an east side ride, making it all the way down to the lake shore, where you can stare straight across at the 5000+ vertical feet of Revelstoke Resort, the tallest ski hill in North America.

 

After lunch, we'll hop on our bikes to explore the phenomenal riding in the area. These trails will have you smiling from ear to ear. We'll wrap up with a final run down the crowd-pleasing Flowdown. Just as you thought this trail couldn't get any better, it leads you straight to the local pub! Tonight we'll check in to the beautiful Glacier House log cabins, before checking out the town of Revelstoke for dinner. We'll cap the day off with another hot tub soak

 

Day 6 - Through Rogers Pass and on to Golden

Today, we'll bid farewell to Revelstoke as we load the van for a beautiful 2-hour drive to Golden and stop for a nice lunch. After filling up, we're bringing you to the top of Mt 7. This is where paragliders take flight, and the legendary Red Bull Psychosis race was held. The views of the Rockies, Purcells and Columbia Wetlands from the top are simply jaw-dropping. We'll choose an appropriate path down (there are several options), before landing straight into the Mountain Shadows trail network for some technical all-mountain riding.

 

We'll partake in our daily ritual and toast a drink to the dirt Gods, before making our way up the hill towards Kicking Horse resort, where we'll check in to the Lush mansion for the next two nights. Hot tub? Check. Comfy beds? Check. Stunning mountain views. Check, check, check!

 

Day 7 - Moonraker to Whitetooth

The guides have got breakfast covered this morning. Sit back and enjoy. Today's ride features an awesome blend of the Moonraker trail network, leaving straight from the driveway of our accommodations. This area is loaded with the best flowing trails you can possibly imagine. We'll drop some vert, then climb, drop, pedal, jump in a lake, pedal, then drop some more. Ending up at the river, we'll follow it straight to the Whitetooth microbrewery! You simply can't beat this.

 

Following a fresh pint of your brew of choice, we'll pop into town to grab supplies for the last night communal BBQ dinner, which we'll enjoy at our beautiful mansion. Party time!

 

Day 8 - Goldrush Descent, Banff and Calgary IntERNATIONAl

Today we'll save the cooking and have a simple breakfast, and since the riding right out the door is so good, we're offering one more insanely flowy, never-ending downhill to ensure you've gotten your fix. We'll pick you up at the bottom of the hill, bring you back for a shower, and depart for Calgary by noon.

 

We've got a little over 3 hours of driving today, so we'll break it up with a tourist stop in Banff around 1:30 for lunch, a quick stroll through town, then off to the airport for 5:00 pm Mountain time. What a week!

  • 7 nights accommodation in beautiful lodges and hotels
  • 7 days of guided mountain biking in the Rocky Mountains with experienced, certified guides (including at least 2 days with Ryan Leech!)
  • 7 healthy, hearty breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners, snack and drinks for riding
  • Transportation during the trip in our air-conditioned 12-passenger van
  • Admission to provincial and national parks
  • Full bike repair and maintenance toolset available at all times
  • Cold microbrews at the end of each day's riding
  • Skill development and hang out sessions with Norco ambassador and MTB legend, Ryan Leech
  • Norco swag and accessories!

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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Aubrey Demchuk
I am a geeky neuroscientist by day and a passionate mountain bike advocate...also by day. I'm a racer, coach, guide, VP of the local club, trail builder, founder of a female-only weekly ride, event organizer, and more!! Bikes are fun! "48 hours" in Fernie, BC (despite recent logging efforts) remains one of my all-time favourite trails. It's fast and fun (on either a DH or trail bike) and has just the right...[more]

Travis Foell
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!

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!

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]
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 across the Kootenays with Pinkbike
Golden BC
Mountain Biking in Revelstoke, BC
MTB skills with coach Ryan Leech
Revelstoke
Rossland
The Kootenays - Proven Here
Rossland, BC - Seven Summits Trail
Mountain biking in the Kootenays

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 25 km 650 m 650 m 1344 m
3 4.5 hours 25 km 730 m 730 m 1585 m
4 4.5 hours 28 km 900 m 900 m 1600 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 28.5 hours 159 km 4530 m 4530 m 1848 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$530.00 CAD
Single Room Supplement$470.00 CAD
1-hour post-ride massage$110.00 CAD
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Sunday, September 8, 2019 Castlegar Airport, 5:30 pm Sunday, September 15, 2019 Calgary airport, 5 pm 3,595.00 719.00 CAD Guaranteed Book Now!
2020
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, September 5, 2020 Castlegar Airport, 5:30 pm Saturday, September 12, 2020 Calgary airport, 5 pm 3,695.00 739.00 CAD Guaranteed Book Now!
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