Top three reasons to mountain bike in the West Kootenays
Some of the best mountain biking trails in the world
Fill your days switching between scenic descents and laid-back swims in the lake
Rest up at a homestead with farm-to-table meals and a wood-fired sauna
The West Kootenays are known for hundreds of miles of old mining and logging roads, many of which are now used as MTB trails. This three-day mountain biking trip centers around Slocan Valley—considered one of the most beautiful river valleys in British Columbia. Brimming with gravel and singletrack descents, you can experience it all: from heart-stopping 6,000-foot descents—some of which go directly to the lake—to converted rail beds and road biking that flow alongside the river. End your days with freshly prepared farm-to-table dinner. Everything you need for a perfect long-weekend getaway!
June through August
Castlegar, BC is about 45 minutes away
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Three-Day Mountain Biking in the Slocan Valley
Arrive in Slocan Thursday evening and settle in at the homestead while enjoying an outdoor dinner. Each day you will explore a different part of the valley through scenic point-to-point rides and finish the day by the lake and return to your base for dinner. During the rides elevation gains can go from 1,500 ft (400 m) all the way to 13,000 ft (4,000 m) and up—depending on your skill level. Likewise, you can ride for a few hours or spend the entire day on the trails—everything can be tailored to the group’s wishes! Your adventure will finish with an après by the Slocan River.
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Things to know
Covid measures in the Slocan Valley, British Columbia
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Slocan Valley, British Columbia, please check the official website of the Government of British Columbia.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- 3 days of mountain biking in West Kootenays
- Breakfast, lunch/ride nutrition, après and dinner during the tour
- Camping/cabin accommodations
- Support vehicle and staff
What’s not included:
- Transportation to and from the Slocan Valley
- Biking equipment
How fit do I need to be?
You need to have an intermediate level of fitness to go on this trip. You should be able to ride the bike for several hours on challenging terrain. Generally speaking, this tour requires you to be a physically active person with previous MTB experience. Since this is a supported mountain biking adventure, there will be a staffed vehicle following you and helping you whenever necessary. After booking, your guide will determine the group’s skill level and capabilities and cater the day to your specific abilities.
What if I’ve never mountain biked before?
For this tour, you should have prior mountain biking experience. However, riders with minimal mountain biking experience and good road biking skills or a strong fitness level should be suitable for this intermediate tour. A guide will further explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trail. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
What about required equipment?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Bike tights
- Biking shorts
- A riding jersey or t-shirt
- Windbreaker or light jacket
- Bike repair kit
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
If you want to rent a bike or other biking equipment, the guides will help you get in touch with local bike shops for rentals.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The maximum group size for this private tour is 4 people.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- All riders under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal parent or guardian.
If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to the Slocan Valley, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport. From there, you can take a flight to the West Kootenay Regional Airport next to Castlegar and rent a car or take a shuttle service to get to Slocan.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.