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!

This fea­tures tons of amaz­ing sin­gle­track rid­ing for the moun­tain bik­ers, 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?

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Mar­i­tal Bliss: Read a write-up 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.

Be sure to review our Skill and Fit­ness Rat­ing System for a bet­ter under­stand­ing of what to expect.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive in Cal­gary, Trans­fer to Beau­ti­ful Fernie!

Our dri­ver will greet you at Cal­gary air­port at 4:00 p.m. From there, we’ll enjoy the scenic 3.5 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 12 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.

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Dates chosen: Jul. 17, 2021—Jul. 24, 2021
Skill Rating: Black Diamond
Fitness Rating: Black Diamond
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Skill Levels
Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Fitness Levels
Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.