You and your partner love to ride and vacation together, but a mountain bike vacation is either out of the question if you want to go together or one of you is asking for permission to travel apart. Sound familiar? You are in the right place.
The new Rocky Mountain Bring-Your-Partner has been redesigned for the ever-growing number of couples that ride at different levels but want to enjoy one of our epic Sacred Rides experiences without either of you being on the wrong trails.
We have weaved the days together to allow advanced riders as well as the new or casual rider to hit the trails they crave. Most days you will see your partner at breakfast, lunch and rejoin in the evening for a fantastic meal and some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Accommodations, off bike activities and all the logistics to bind your 8 days together have been carefully crafted by our team with the flavor of journey picked by Jena and Dylan, two fantastic guides, instructors, and an adorable couple. Aside from the world class riding of the BC Rockies, your week will also include hiking, yoga, hot springs, rafting options, campfires, and endless photogenic views to keep your friends at home jealous. Jenna and Dylan will work with you to sharpen your skills and dial in your riding to impress your partner when you hit the trail together.
The perfect blend of getting away with your partner and a properly tuned shred session for your unique skill level. You will go home refreshed, full of fresh BC air and connected to your favorite riding partner.
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Is This Ride For You?
This Ride is for couples that ride at different levels. One of you prefers the hard climbing and technical descending while the other prefers smooth flowy single track with a lower fear factor. You both want to be pampered like you deserve on vacation. You want to play hard during the day, then wine and dine at night. You like to sneak away for private walks, hop in a raft for a river ride with your new friends, recover with some yoga or share stories about the numerous riding adventures, and mishaps you have experienced together.
Day 1. Arrive in Calgary, Transfer to Beautiful Fernie!
Our driver will greet you at Calgary airport at 12:00 p.m. From there, we’ll enjoy the scenic 3.5‑hour drive to beautiful Fernie, British Columbia.
Once at our host lodging on the Elk River where we stay for the first 3 nights, we will build bikes and have a gentle ride around town to stretch out from the travel and dial in your bikes. For dinner we 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 week’s itinerary, then we 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. Ridgemont, like every trail network we pick for the week, will have plenty of trail options for the group. The ride groups will split based on desired challenge.
We will bring the group back together for lunch to refill and compare notes, then back on the trail for a pm session.
After the rides, we’ll conclude the amazing day with a couple drinks on the deck of our lodge, or 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.
We will head for the hill, check in and hitch a ride on the chairlifts. It’s Park Time!
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.
Riding at the park will be a great day to work with your guides on your technique. You will get plenty of challenge as well as the opportunity to take a couple laps with your partner. No climbing (unless you want it), so plenty of trail time.
In the 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 Time at Island Lake Lodge
After breakfast, we’ll pack up and head 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 tree line, with spectacular views of the valley below.
We’ll return to the lodge for a gourmet lunch on the deck. In the afternoon, everyone will ride the amazing Lazy Lizard Flow Trail through old-growth forest in the Cedar Valley.
Tonight, indulge in gourmet dining at Island Lake’s renowned Tamarack Restaurant.
Day 5. Canyons and Campfires
Time for a change of scenery. We’ll load up the van after breakfast and head up the Rocky Mountain Trench for a 3‑hour drive with no shortage of awe-inspiring views. The transfer will be broken up with a short hike, a dip in the Radium Hot Springs and lunch in the town of Invermere.
We will check into our home for the next 2 nights, Nipika Mountain Resort on the edge of Kootenay National Park. You will have plenty of time to kick back, read a book on the lawn, a little yoga or a round of disc golf. If you prefer to hit the trail, we will have a short afternoon spin.
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. Today will be a mix of rafting and riding.
Riding will be right out the front door. Groups will split and hit the trail. As with every location we ride on the trip, there will be trails curated for your specific skills to challenge each rider while staying outside your terror zone.
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.
We may swap the day around and run the river before the riding depending on conditions, but your get the idea. Ride, Raft, Relax.
After our trip down the Kootenay and bikes are put up, 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 ride groups split and head their respective way. Singletrack, views, shred, repeat. Which group does a better job stopping for photos?
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.
For our last ride, everyone is on trail together. We have a couple options between Canmore, Prairie or the Spray Lakes trails. We will pick the best route for the group and trail conditions.
We will make our way back to the lake, pack up, and enjoy a picnic lunch on the shore before heading to drop you of at the Calgary airport and hotels.
The following data represents a typical itinerary, but adventure travel can be unpredictable and our Guides may need to make last-minute changes to ensure your enjoyment. Inclement weather, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary. The ride data represents an ‘average’ itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride. Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, but your safety is our #1 priority.
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