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Think heli-access mountain biking on the world’s longest granite slabs, with a sauna and a professional chef in BC’s Coast Mountains, sounds like a fantasy? Think again. It all starts with a 30-minute flight from Squamish—diving into the ultimate nature’s rollercoaster for 3-5 days! Needless to say, the terrain here is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise, offering an exciting combo of granite slab rides, glacial tarns, and breathtaking mountain vistas. Imagine riding from one ridgeline to another, surfing endless granite descent lines, while taking in spectacular views from 6,500-ft vantage points. And after a day of heart-pounding rides? We’ll get to relax at our luxurious 5,900-ft base camp, swimming in a nearby crystal-clear lake, enjoying some sauna time, and savoring gourmet meals by the campfire. Sounds like your type of adventure? We thought so—experience MTB like never before!

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Adventure highlights

  • Epic mountain biking

    Heli access unlocks a whole new realm of MTB opportunities, including the world’s longest slab descents, no less

  • Expert guidance

    You’ll be joined by seasoned guides who know how to make the rides unforgettable, yet safe

  • Luxury base camp

    Glamping-style tents, a sauna, and gourmet meals by a chef—all in the Coast Mountains’ deep backcountry

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3-Day Slab Adventure: Coast Mountains Heli-Accessed MTB Tour in BC

Embark on an epic 3-day heli-accessed mountain biking adventure in BC’s Coast Mountains. Experience the thrill of riding the world’s longest granite slabs, complemented by a sauna, gourmet meals, and stunning mountain vistas. Begin with a scenic flight from Squamish to our luxurious base camp at 5,900 feet. Designed for those seeking to hone their rock slab skills, each day of this tour involves exhilarating terrain, including technical descents and breathtaking ridge views. Enjoy expert guidance, delicious meals by a professional chef, and nights in premium domes. It’s the ultimate blend of adrenaline, natural beauty, and comfort in a remote wilderness setting.

  • Meet your pilot and trip manager at the heli-pad in Squamish for a scenic flight to your stunning base camp. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by awaiting guides and our chef. The adventure kicks off with an orientation and safety debrief, followed by initial coaching on granite slab riding. After checking gear and sorting out riding kits, the first group ride begins with a cardio-testing ascent to the summit ridge of Vintage Peak (6,234 feet / 1,900+ meters), offering spectacular views of the Coast Mountain Range.From the ridge, choose between several descent options based on guide-client ratios and experience levels. A 3.1-mile (5 km) traverse southward towards Lockie’s Table provides views of Powell Lake and Georgia Strait, followed by a descent down the ridgeline and a final traverse and ascent around the lower tarn back to base camp. End the day with a short, steep descent into the tarn behind base camp to ride features and hone technical slab riding skills. Enjoy refreshments, swimming, and amazing vistas. Wrap up with a refreshing dip in glacial water, a sauna session, and a three-course fireside meal, complemented by stargazing. Overnight in premium domes with cozy cots and stoves.

    Meals: Dinner

    MTBer near a small lake in BC’s Coast Mountains.
  • Start the day early with a delicious breakfast and pack lunches for a long traverse and ascent to a high shelf above a lake. From there, embark on a long descent filled with technical features and photo opportunities, leading to a glaciated granite slab-fest. Enjoy a lunch break at the lowest tarn, offering cool-down opportunities and sheltered views before tackling the climb back to camp. Spend the afternoon exploring myriad lines, each offering unique riding experiences under the full afternoon sun. Return to camp for a relaxing evening, rejuvenated by the day’s adventures.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Slab riding in the Coast Mountains.
  • Leaving this granite playground is always challenging, but the final day promises more unforgettable experiences. Choose between a last summit or a quicker, steeper exit into a bottomless bowl of granite shelves. This longest descent day tests your brakes as you navigate endless seas of granite lines. The myriad of choices underscores how small we are amidst the vast terrain, with narrow ledges linking improbable paths to the next open slab—all without touching soil. Once you reach the protected forest below a wall of cliffs, the lower helicopter pickup site marks the adventure’s end. An optional helicopter pickup from this lowest section of granite slab returns you to Squamish.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

    MTBers riding right near the water surface, Coast Mountains.
  • From the lower pickup area, enjoy an optional fourth day of world-class riding at the renowned Coast Gravity Park. Lodging options with spas, saunas, and amazing seafood are available along the lower Sunshine Coast near Sechelt or Robert’s Creek. Conclude the adventure with a return to the Sea to Sky region via ferry into Horseshoe Bay.

    *For more details, see the “Things to Know” section under “Can I extend my trip?”

4-Day Slab Exploration: Coast Mountains Heli-Accessed MTB Tour in BC

Experience the ultimate adventure with 4 days of heli-accessed mountain biking on BC’s Coast Mountains' longest granite slabs. This tour includes a sauna, gourmet chef-prepared meals, and luxury dome tent accommodations at the 5,900-ft high base camp. Ride thrilling granite slab descents, explore glacial tarns, and enjoy breathtaking mountain vistas. Expert guides lead you through challenging terrain, ensuring an unforgettable journey. Helicopter transfers from Squamish add to the thrill of this adrenaline-packed expedition into the heart of British Columbia’s pristine wilderness.

  • Meet your pilot and trip manager at the heli-pad in Squamish for your flight to our stunning base camp. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by awaiting guides and our chef. With four days of riding and a well-vetted group, we kick off this adventure with a bang! Our Northeastern ridgeline offers over 6.2 miles (10 km) of steep granite terrain to explore and even hosts its own natural heli-pad. Our guide and camp manager will meet you at the summit, where we immediately begin descending down steep, technical slabs to a lower bench of subalpine play and shaded trees. From there, a lower rock traverse line below the ridge brings us to a final ascent line with the first views of camp. This climb tests the freshest of legs and is often done with pedal assist or off the bike, but the views and unique riding are worth the effort! We wrap up our first long day becoming familiar with the luxuries of high camp. Refreshing glacial water awaits on our return descent, a sauna to warm up in, and of course, a three-course fireside meal. Sore muscles will be long forgotten as the surrounding terrain invites new curiosity.

    Meals: Dinner

    MTB descent in slab terrain in British Columbia.
  • An early start with an amazing breakfast and packed lunches kicks off a quick climb above camp. From there, a col and ridgeline high above camp lure you in, with views of the surrounding Coast Mountain Range, highlighting Mount Waddington. Once oriented, a choice to descend down to camp across some very technical slabs awaits. Alternatively, a traverse across to the South ridge and a lower, larger glacial tarn makes a second long day.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    MTBer on her bike during sunset, Coast Mountains, BC.
  • Depending on the previous day’s route choices, day three often becomes a flex day. Some riders may choose to hunt down technical features, photo opportunities, or work on bike control amongst the steep granite playground. Ascending from camp, the group can ride clockwise or counterclockwise around base camp’s tarn to gain further granite terrain. This leads to the final Western ridge descent or a nearer loop around some of the most sought-after features our tenure has to offer.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    MTBer navigating near-vertical slab terrain in BC’s Coast Mountains.
  • Leaving this granite playground is always challenging, but you will quickly discover that there is season after season of terrain to explore up here. Our final descent down the West-most ridge is accomplished by either a last summit or a quicker, steeper exit into a bottomless bowl of granite shelves. From there, our longest descent day puts gravity on our side and our brakes to the test as we make our way down endless seas of granite lines. The myriad of choices offers perspective on just how small we are, while narrow ledges bring the crew back together for improbable links to the next open slab, all without touching soil. Once we’ve reached the precipice of the protected forest below a wall of cliffs, our helicopter pickup site wraps up the adventure. A helicopter pickup from this lowest section of granite slab returns us back to Squamish.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

    Mountain biker approaching a ridge during a descent in the Coast Mountains, BC.
  • From our lower pickup area, we offer an optional fifth day of world-class riding at the infamous Coast Gravity Park. Lodging options with spas, saunas, and amazing seafood are available along the lower Sunshine Coast near the towns of Sechelt or Robert’s Creek. We then return back to the Sea to Sky region via a ferry into Horseshoe Bay.

    *For more details, see the “Things to Know” section under “Can I extend my trip?”

5-Day Qualifier: Coast Mountains Heli-Accessed MTB Tour in BC

Want some more time riding in BC’s Coast Mountains? Experience an unforgettable 5-day heli-accessed mountain biking adventure in BC’s Coast Mountains. Discover the world’s longest granite slabs, unwind in a sauna, and indulge in gourmet meals at our deluxe 5,900-ft base camp. Perfect for groups of MTB enthusiasts, enjoy guided rides along ridgelines, thrilling descents, and breathtaking vistas. With helicopter transfers from Squamish, luxurious dome tent accommodations, and all meals included, this tour promises the ultimate mountain biking getaway.

  • Meet your pilot and trip manager at the heli-pad in Squamish for a flight to our stunning base camp. With five days of riding and a well-vetted group, we offer two unique first-day ride options:

    Option 1: Our Northeastern ridgeline features over 6.2 miles (10 km) of steep granite terrain. After an orientation and safety debrief, we descend down technical slabs to a lower bench (2,625 ft or 800 meters below) with shaded trees. A lower rock traverse then leads us to a final ascent line with the first views of camp. This climb tests fresh legs, often with pedal assist or off the bike, but the views and riding are worth the effort.

    Option 2: The new South ridge offers views of the Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island. The descent from here includes long, knife-edge granite trickery, leading down 3,280+ ft (1,000+ meters) to the forested ledges below. A traverse below a moraine and up to the glaciated tarn below camp completes the journey.

    We wrap up the day with glacial water to refresh, a sauna to warm up, and a three-course fireside meal. Enjoy stargazing and the comforts of high camp, including cozy domes with cots and stoves.

    Meals: Dinner

    MTBers looking at interesting rock formations in the Coast Mountains, while on their heli-accessed MTB trip.
  • An early start with an amazing breakfast and packed lunches kicks off a quick climb above camp. From there, a col and ridgeline high above camp lure you in, with views of the surrounding Coast Mountain Range, highlighting Mount Waddington. Once oriented to this ridgeline and the vast terrain above camp, a choice to descend down to camp across some very technical slabs awaits. Alternatively, a traverse across to the riding area below our South ridge to the lower, glaciated tarn makes a second long day.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Mountain biker’s silhouette reflected in a small lake near a base camp for a heli-accessed MTB tour in BC’s Coast Mountains.
  • Depending on the previous day’s route choices, day three often becomes a recovery or flex day. Some riders may choose to hunt down technical features, photo opportunities, or work on bike control among the steep granite playground. Ascending from camp, the group can ride clockwise or counterclockwise around base camp’s tarn to gain further granite terrain. This leads to the final Western ridge descent or a nearer loop around some of the most sought-after features our tenure has to offer.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Mountain bikers looking at the views while situated above the clouds, BC’s Coast Mountains.
  • For fitness junkies and those prepared to cover as much terrain as possible, the distant ridgeline skipped on day one can be attempted. A steep climb and long traverse kick off an early morning! Either the South ridge or Northeastern ridgeline is accessible from base camp, with a big day of pedaling combined with endless brake and tire-testing descents. Alternatively, a day of exploring either south or north of camp will unlock plenty more riding potential for those with sore muscles or a desire to leave more in the tank for the final day of feature hunting and descending prior to pickup from the lower West ridge.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Endless slab terrain for mountain biking in BC’s Coast Mountains.
  • Leaving this granite playground is always challenging, but you will quickly discover that there is season after season of terrain to explore up here. Our final descent down the West-most ridge is accomplished by either a last summit or a quicker, steeper exit into a bottomless bowl of granite shelves. From there, our longest descent day puts gravity on our side and our brakes to the test as we make our way down endless seas of granite lines. The myriad of choices offers perspective on just how small we are, while narrow ledges bring the crew back together for improbable links to the next open slab, all without touching soil. Once we’ve reached the precipice of the protected forest below a wall of cliffs, our helicopter pickup site wraps up the adventure. A helicopter pickup from this lowest section of granite slab returns us back to Squamish.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

    Mountain bikers navigating a long decent while on a MTB tour in British Columbia, Canada.
  • From our lower pickup area, we offer an optional sixth day of world-class riding at the infamous Coast Gravity Park. Lodging options with spas, saunas, and amazing seafood are available along the lower Sunshine Coast near the towns of Sechelt or Robert’s Creek. We then return back to the Sea to Sky region via a ferry into Horseshoe Bay.

    *For more details, see the “Things to Know” section under “Can I extend my trip?”

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Flow State Guiding
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Flow State Guiding
Flow State Guiding boasts a team of experienced ACMG and PMBIA guides with technical expertise and diverse skill sets, offering exceptional outdoor adventure tours across Western Canada. Their guides bring a calm, focused, and adaptable energy to each trip, ensuring a driven and personalized experience for every participant. From high-altitude mountain treks to coastal wave hunts, they meticulously customize terrain choices, daily objectives, and gourmet meals to create unforgettable adventures. Flow State Guiding is dedicated to crafting unique and thrilling experiences that connect you with the beauty and excitement of the great outdoors.

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5.00 (4 reviews)
Darren Berrecloth (source: Guide’s web)

This riding area has one of the most surreal landscapes I have visited on the planet. It’s crazy to think that this terrain has always been so close to my home and yet I had no idea it existed. In mountain biking, we crave the wide-open landscapes just as much as we crave a tight, single track. Traditionally, rock slabs were short, intermittent sections that gave us thrills, however, what we found was huge, steep slabs with endless traction to push our boundaries. In this region, the possibilities are endless, as the entire area is nothing but granite slabs, eroded smoothly by the earth’s last glacial era, creating one of the most stunning landscapes to take a bike and explore BC’s raw backcountry…

Robin Munshaw (source: Guide’s web)

Riding in this area is a limitless exploration of what a bike and rider can do. The views, the location, the terrain – it’s a singular experience found nowhere else on earth. Ian sets a new precedent for what a guided backcountry experience can be.

Thomas Burden (source: Guide’s web)

Granite slabs as far as the eye can see. Mountain biking’s most comparable thing to the best day of powder skiing. Infinite line choices on massive terrain.

Jimmy Martinello (source: Guide’s web)

Some of the wildest riding on the planet, an alpine granite domain. I’ve ridden bikes around the world and this tops the list…. Golden granite slabs for thousands of feet, surrounded by crystal clear fresh water glaciated lakes, high above old growth forests. Everyday brings endless adventure, the boundaries are set only by your personal limits and desires. Freaking spectacular everywhere you look and ride. I look forward to returning one day soon. To all that get the chance, this is a trip of a lifetime!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local mountain biking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 3-5 days of heli-accessed mountain biking in BC’s Coast Mountains
      • Helicopter transfers between Squamish and your base camp in BC’S Coast Mountains
      • Accommodation in a luxury base camp for the duration of the tour (sleeping in spacious dome tents)
      • All meals and refreshments during the adventure, prepared by a professional chef
      • Charging station for personal electronics (phone, GoPro, headlamps, etc.)

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to the starting point of the tour in Squamish
      • Accommodation before and after the tour — if applicable
      • MTB equipment — can be rented
      • Private tent
      • Travel and medical/rescue insurance — highly recommended
      • Guide gratuities
  • Participants in these heli-accessed Coast Mountains MTB tours in BC, Canada should be riders who are proficient at navigating intermediate to advanced trails commonly found in standard bike parks. It is crucial that all guests be in excellent physical condition to handle the strenuous demands of the terrain. These tours are not suitable for beginners and the vast majority of intermediate riders, as they require significant experience and skill.

    Guests are generally expected to have years of riding experience across a broad variety of terrain types. To ensure that all riders are well-matched in terms of ability, a short video submission is required during the initial booking process. Additionally, participants must adhere to safety protocols and guidelines. Prior to the trip, each guest is required to sign a waiver, acknowledging the inherent risks associated with backcountry riding. Following the guide’s instructions and riding cautiously within one’s abilities are essential to prevent injuries or incidents.

    Overall, proper physical fitness, significant riding experience, and strict adherence to safety instructions are crucial for a safe and enjoyable experience on these exhilarating MTB tours.

  • Here’s a list of MTB equipment you need to bring:

      • Enduro or trail bike with fresh tires and brake pads (180mm-220mm rotors recommended)
      • Helmet (comfortable and breathable for long days)
      • Flat pedals or clipless shoes with recessed cleats
      • Pads (knee, elbow, and neck)
      • Bike bottles and bladder system
      • Gloves (2 pairs)
      • Sunglasses / riding glasses
      • Bike tools + tire sealant
      • Riding shoes and hut booties or comfortable sandals
      • Day pack (with hydration bladder)
      • Personal headlamp
      • Charging cables for your electronic devices (on-site charging is available)
      • Spare tube and brake pads
      • Other spare parts like batteries or charging capabilities for wireless derailleurs or dropper posts, derailleur hangers, levers, shifting cable, chain – master link or spare links, etc; FSG will ensure to have parts, but not everything is universal)

    Here’s a list of clothing you need to bring:

      • Ultralight waterproof / windproof layer
      • Ultralight insulated jacket
      • Beanie / toque / insulated hat (for evenings/mornings in high elevations)
      • Riding socks for each day
      • Long-sleeve and short-sleeve jersey (brighter colors recommended for photos against the gray granite)
      • Riding pants / shorts
      • Riding chamois for long days (breathable)
      • Camp clothing – loose long-sleeve pants and shirt
      • Base layers
      • Buff
      • Bathing suit for sauna and alpine lake
      • Micro towel

    Here’s a list of toiletries you need to bring:

      • Sunscreen and bug spray
      • Toothbrush and toothpaste
      • Earplugs (for the helicopter and fellow base campers)
      • Medication

    These heli-accessed Coast Mountains MTB adventures take plays in the deep backcountry and far from any shop, so make sure you bring any spare parts you may need. Bring comfortable clothing and be ready for seasonal and unseasonal weather! You’ll be able to discuss equipment and your packing list with your guide prior to the adventure.

  • If the weather is bad during a heli-accessed MTB trip in BC’s Coast Mountains, please understand that the staff have no control over the weather. Heli-biking heavily depends on suitable weather conditions, so it is recommended to book flights and travel with a 2-3 day buffer on either side of the tour to accommodate potential itinerary changes. If the weather or conditions, such as smoke or heavy rain, prevent safe operation, the lead guide will decide to cancel the trip. In the event of a cancellation due to unfavorable weather conditions, the balance will be refunded or applied to a future date.

  • Yes, you can rent equipment for heli-accessed MTB tours in the Coast Mountains, BC. Bike rentals are available in sizes S to XL with the Revel Rail 29, costing $180 for a 3-day tour, $240 for a 4-day tour, and $300 for a 5-day tour. Additionally, you can purchase riding shoes (EU sizes 40-46) for $150, knee pads (XS-XXL) for $110, and gloves (XS-XL) for $30. All prices are per person. If renting a bike, please indicate the size(s) you need in a note for the guide.

  • Yes, participants can extend their heli-accessed MTB adventure in the Coast Mountains, British Columbia. Your guide offers an optional Bike Park drop, which includes a half-day entry to the renowned Coast Gravity Park and an extra night of accommodation for $275 per person. This extension provides additional world-class riding and lodging options with spas, saunas, and amazing seafood near Sechelt or Robert’s Creek on the lower Sunshine Coast. Afterward, the return to the Sea to Sky region is via a ferry into Horseshoe Bay, approximately 40 minutes away from Squamish. This tour extension can be arranged during the booking process.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For these group adventures, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is 4:1, which means that if 5 or more people join, they’ll be joined by 2 guides.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate, while the maximum number of participants is 8.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Heli-accessed mountain biking in the Coast Mountain, BC can be arranged for private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors 14 and older may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Squamish, the starting point of the adventure, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport, which is approximately 1 hour away by car or around 2 hours if you take public transportation. We suggest arriving in Vancouver/Squamish at least one day before the tour to give yourself enough time to rest if flying from a distant location.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best time and place to meet, usually at the Squamish heliport in the early morning of Day 1.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountains, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits
    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Cancellations
    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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