Monday, April 13, 2015

The Best Early Season Biking at Nipika Mountain Resort

It’s spring in the Kootenay Rockies across the border in BC, and Nipika Mountain Resort is the place you want to head for spectacular early season riding.  With over 100 kms of trails with difficulty suitable for all levels of riders, Nipika offers something for everybody from novice riders to experienced mountain bikers seeking a challenge.  And yes, there are options for families too on wide winter ski trails that take you to two spectacular bridges and a natural bridge.

Biking at Nipika Mountain Resort


Go for the Riding and Stay for the Weekend

Nipika offers the perfect opportunity to put on big kilometres of technically challenging riding while staying in the comforts of cozy hand built log cabins.  Planning a girls’ weekend or want to gather up your best friends for a mountain getaway?  Nipika’s cabins can accommodate up to 6-8 guests per cabin and have cooking facilities so you don’t have to run into town after your day of biking.  Relax on your private patio or deck with a cold beer and enjoy the sun in Nipika’s open meadow.  There’s also a wood fired hot tub and pond for cooling off in after.

Want to plan a big weekend at Nipika with a few other families (or even host a family reunion here?)  The Rocky Mountain Cabin can sleep 13 comfortably and features a large living area, kitchen and deck overlooking the pond.  Mountain living doesn’t get sweeter than this!

Riding for all levels at Nipika Mountain Resort

Learn to Ride at Nipika with some of the Best Mountain Bike Coaches in the Country

Nipika will host a mountain bike camp from May 1st through the 3rd this year.  Register for this program and get great early season riding under the guidance of some of the best Mountain Bike Coaches in the country.

The details:

Spend 2½ days riding the best, early-season single track in the area.

Do you want to get in some early season trail riding on dirt?
Do you want to ride with mountain bikers who are passionate about riding and improving their skills?

If you are an enthusiastic mountain biker who can ride for 2.0 to 4.5 hours per day, at a moderate to fast pace and can handle intermediate to advanced technical terrain, then this weekend is for YOU!

The cost:  $450.00 per adult

What’s included:

•    Two nights of luxury accommodations at Nipika
•    BBQ on Friday night
•    Local trail guides and coaches on all rides
•    Small groups based on skills/speed/duration
•    Skill sessions with certified coaches, a bike maintenance clinic, and post-ride stretching sessions
•    Demo bikes and massages available all weekend

Reserve by contacting Nipika Resort at 1-877-647-4525 or

Biking along the Cross River at Nipika Mountain Resort

Summer at Nipika Mountain Resort

Come for the spring riding and return for a week of summer adventure!  The Paddle & Hike Adventure Weeks run Sundays thru Fridays with a mix of beautiful paddling days on the Kootenay River and alpine hikes into the heart of the Rockies. 

The Week of Rockies Rivers is a whitewater paddling experience in grades 1 - 3 water with instruction from experts.  Guests will also enjoy great camping along the rivers.

For more information on these programs, visit the Nipika Resort website where all theme weeks are described in detail at

Great Single Track Riding at Nipika Mountain Resort


Nipika for Families

We are planning a weekend at Nipika in May and are super excited to spend two days biking the gentle ski trails with our kids, taking turns as adults to try the more challenging trails, and then relaxing in the meadow in front of the cabins.  I imagine the kids will even want to go for a quick splash in the pond if it is warm enough and I hear that there's a mountain bike terrain park!! (if it includes a pump track, my son will never want to come home.)

Small kids can only bike for a couple hours before they tire out, so spending the weekend at Nipika will allow us to go for multiple small rides each day with down time in between playing or resting in our cabin.

Spring Riding in the Columbia Valley of BC last year

All information for this story was provided by Nipika Mountain Resort along with all photos from the Nipika trails. 

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