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Kootenay Rockies

Kootenay Rockies, Mountain Biking BC
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Eclectic mountain towns, artist studios, hot springs, and trails as diverse as the culture

The mountain towns in the Kootenay Rockies each have a vast network of trails, incredible biking experiences, and a community of dedicated riders to show you the way. Set amidst the dramatic Rocky and Purcell mountains in the southern part of the Kootenays, the towns of Kimberley, Cranbrook, and Fernie are paradise for mountain bikers, with diverse trails connecting right from town. To the west, the historic towns of Nelson and Rossland offer up some top all-mountain freeriding, incredible dining options, and most notably, the rightfully titled epic Seven Summits trail.

To the north, Invermere-Panorama and Radium Hot Springs offer hundreds of kilometres of twisty mountain bike trails along rivers, on alpine peaks, and through dense forests. Golden and Revelstoke have reputations for big-mountain skiing in the winter months and epic bike rides come summer. Shuttle-accessed downhill riding and long cross-country rides will reward you with stellar mountain views that eat up the entire skyline.


"There are so many gems in the Kootenay Rockies, it constantly blows me away...from the seemingly endless alpine trails to the legit 5,000 vertical foot descents. The entire region is emerging for mountain biking and we’re just starting to tap into its unique historic and recently approved trail resources."

- Lorraine Blancher, Professional Mountain Biker and Mountain Guide (Revelstoke, BC)


Spots to Ride

10 destinations sprawl over four mountain ranges.

Cranbrook

Cranbrook

Cranbrook’s mountain bike season starts early and ends late thanks to the abundance of sun and its valley bottom setting. Riders here can explore five riding areas and trails—from quiet singletrack to black-diamond descents and cross-country trails for every level—all situated close to the city.

Number of Trails:
149
Highest Elevation:
2,204 m
Trails:
easy
35
intermediate
78
difficult
31
extra difficult
5
Fernie Alpine Bike Park

Fernie Alpine Bike Park

What could be better than downhill laps in the Rocky Mountains? Gravity-fed rides combined with an extensive web of cross-country trails makes it easy to see why Fernie Alpine Bike Park is some of the best lift-accessed mountain biking in Canada.

Number of Trails:
50
Highest Elevation:
2,054 m
Trails:
easy
19
intermediate
12
difficult
14
extra difficult
5
Kimberley

Kimberley

Kimberley is a good place to be. Home to a dedicated mountain bike community, the locals who call this place home take pride in their technical climbs and descents and fast, flowing downhills. This isn’t the land of big downhill riding, but it is home to some truly exceptional cross-country biking.

Number of Trails:
130
Highest Elevation:
1,911 m
Trails:
easy
41
intermediate
75
difficult
14
Nelson / Kaslo

Nelson / Kaslo

In keeping with Kootenay culture, the mountain bike trails in Nelson and Kaslo appeal to the spirit of mountain biking. Ride gentle railway grades along forest trails that start minutes from town, over restored trestle bridges, and into some of the most peaceful country you’ll ever encounter. For those of you who need to feel adrenaline pumping through their veins, there is a slew of steep, rocky, technical tracks and enough stunts, ladders, and big drops to keep you coming back for more.

Number of Trails:
226
Highest Elevation:
2,375 m
Trails:
easy
58
intermediate
76
difficult
72
extra difficult
20
Retallack

Retallack

From freeride to all-mountain to downhill, the huge network of trails at Retallack caters to a wide variety of riding skill levels and style. Ride from the top of remote peaks, winding through pristine forests full of wonderous berms and flowy jumps. 

Number of Trails:
14
Highest Elevation:
2,508 m
Trails:
intermediate
3
difficult
10
extra difficult
1
Rossland

Rossland

Little ol' Rossland was voted "Mountain Biking Capital of Canada" by Explore Magazine. The trail system is a point of pride and connects 200 km (124 mi) of mountain bike action seamlessly. Unique to Rossland is that the trail maintenance is performed regularly by a full-time professional trails crew. From kid-friendly Centennial to pump 'n' swoop on Larry's to the radical rock slabs of Sudden Exposure, Rossland's got the entire spectrum of fun covered. 

Number of Trails:
134
Highest Elevation:
2,371 m
Trails:
easy
34
intermediate
58
difficult
32
extra difficult
10
Revelstoke

Revelstoke

Legendary for its alpine backcountry access, Revelstoke offers a mountain biking experience that changes with the seasons. From its location on the banks of the mighty Columbia River, Revelstoke has two entire mountain ranges to use for a playground—with over 120 km (75 mi) of singletrack to enjoy. 

Number of Trails:
204
Highest Elevation:
2,790 m
Trails:
easy
45
intermediate
75
difficult
44
extra difficult
10
Golden

Golden

Golden is a community that lives and welcomes the mountain biking culture. With over 100 km (62 mi) of smooth singletrack easily accessible from downtown and the highest bike park in North America at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, the biking in Golden is hard to beat.

Number of Trails:
73
Highest Elevation:
2,386 m
Trails:
easy
4
intermediate
56
difficult
8
extra difficult
5
Invermere-Panorama / Radium

Invermere-Panorama / Radium

The Columbia Valley lies within the majestic “valley of a thousand peaks”. Invermere and Radium Hot Springs have diverse riding opportunities and an abundance of natural wonders in a mountain paradise. Discover smooth single track through valley forests, epic descents from alpine peaks, challenging technical downhill trails, relaxed recreational routes, and exciting bike park maintained trails.

Number of Trails:
78
Highest Elevation:
2,782 m
Trails:
easy
9
intermediate
25
difficult
30
extra difficult
14
Fernie

Fernie

As the only community to be included in a stage every year since the inception of the world-renowned TransRockies, Fernie is synonymous with mountain biking. Loops of singletrack leave from and return to downtown Fernie, making the ease of access second to none. Push yourself on the steeps or enjoy family time on Fernie’s community trail network. Whatever your choice of trail, Fernie has you covered.

Number of Trails:
368
Highest Elevation:
2,769 m
Trails:
easy
92
intermediate
118
difficult
61
extra difficult
11
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Bike Park

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Bike Park

People don’t come to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to ride the same old thing. They come for the differences, and the resort has plenty—over 3,700 feet of variety. The view from the alpine launch alone is worthy of a trip—with three piercing mountain ranges and the wetlands of the Columbia Valley. From there it is all downhill and the wahoo factor is amplified by multiple berms, jumps, wooden features (Stickrock has to be ridden to be believed), rock slabs (look directly below the gondola to see the longest), and plenty of good ol’ white-knuckle singletrack. The only thing missing is crowds, but most don't mind that.

Number of Trails:
29
Highest Elevation:
2,330 m
Trails:
easy
5
intermediate
15
difficult
7
extra difficult
2
Sol Mountain

Sol Mountain

Alpine singletrack from the front door is the true allure at Sol Mountain. Wake up with the sunrise, grab a fresh cup of coffee, and head out biking until dusk.
Number of Trails:
18
Highest Elevation:
2,224 m
Trails:
intermediate
5
difficult
8
extra difficult
4

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The Kootenay Rockies is located in the southeast corner of British Columbia and can be accessed from many routes from all directions. Highway 3 traverses the southern part of the region, connecting it with BC's Lower Mainland and southern Interior as well as southern Alberta to the east. Highway 1 links the northern perimeter of the Kootenay Rockies with the Coast and the central Interior as well as Calgary and central Alberta to the east. Several Canada/US border crossings provide convenient access from eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana.