Big Mountain - Verbier - Wade Simmons

Mar 9, 2011
by Tyler Maine  
Mountain bike legend Wade Simmons has teamed up with Big Mountain Adventures to launch a gravity skills camp in Verbier, Switzerland this summer.

Verbier is a quintessential Swiss ski resort and mountain bike park situated in a super-charged high-alpine landscape, surrounded by some of the Alps’ highest peaks. The up-and-coming bike park features several machine built descents with berms, drops and wall rides, but what sets Verbier apart from other parks is it’s high alpine riding and backcountry singletrack descents, several which are 5000+ feet of vertical each.


Big Mountain Camps is presented by one of mountain biking’s most celebrated and talented riders, Wade Simmons. “My philosophy about teaching mountain biking is to focus on solid basics. Our sport can be complicated; brakes, gears and suspension with you being the engine, a lot can go wrong. I take real pleasure in helping riders conquer challenges and apply a new skill set. I want people to have as much fun as I do on my bike,” says Simmons. Joining Simmons on the coaching roster are select pro mountain bikers from Europe and North America. Besides riding skills on Verbier’s trails, BMC is incorporating indoor sessions that will teach other aspects of the sport, from fitting your bike, to repairs and more. “Verbier is a special place,” says Big Mountain owner Chris Winter, “the views are unreal, the riding is amazing and the mountain culture is like nowhere else; after nearly a decade of exploring the area we’re very pumped to be launching Big Mountain Camps with Wade.”

Wade and BMC is giving away a camp to a lucky rider, simply become “fan” of their Facebook page to enter.

Big Mountain Camps:
Youth Camp: August 8-14
Adult Camp: August 15-21
6 nights, 7 days // Price: $1995 USD // Info: www.ridebig.com

Founded in 2002, Big Mountain Adventures offers worldclass all-mountain, XC and DH mountain bike trips to 11 countries on five continents. For additional information, visit www.ridebig.com or call 1.866.894.0220 toll-free in North America / 604.730.2659.




16 Comments

  • 2 0
 taletotell, your biggest problem to live in Switzerland is not finding a job it's finding a job that pays enough to be able to afford living in Switzerland. As for living in Oregon or BC, well there are plenty of choices.
  • 1 0
 I don't think so. If you have an education and you're willing to work, then there is no problem and you should earn enough money to life. There are also rules for a minimal salary..
  • 1 0
 I also disagree. There is plenty of well paid work in Switzerland. I think it is one of the best in the world in that aspect. Finding a well paid job is the easy part. It is being allowed to work in Switzerland as a North American which is the difficult part.
  • 2 0
 I agree with you guys, I just move to switzerland in about 2 months and I have already a job, very well paid for me, I am waiting now for all the papers to be legal here and all that stuff, and yes, life in switzerland its expensive, but you have a minimum salary, and with that you can have a good life, if you don't waiste it... in conclusion i'm happy to be here
  • 4 0
 This looks like it would be a killer experience.
  • 2 0
 This looks awesome! It has always been my dream to ride in Switzerland with all of that amazing scenery and lush singletrack! But for now I'm stuck in the 7th grade...
  • 2 0
 Ya gotta start somewhere lol I never thought I'd be makin at least 3 trips a year to BC when I was in 7th grade and dreamin bout Canada in school. But now BC is my second, home with about 6 years of at least 3 trips under my belt.
  • 1 0
 Will be there in 8 weeks!
  • 1 0
 I wonder what it takes to move to Switzerland. Is a degree from a state level United States university any good in Europe?
  • 1 0
 probably , maybe just try to contact some companies in europe that are in your field. although only speaking english probably won't be good enough ...
  • 1 0
 I'm fluent in Spanish and Italian is a piece of cake (in class). I'd love to live in Italy, but there aren't enough jobs to go around. Problem is I'm a psychology major. Professors can get jobs, but clinical psychologists don't have as much luck from what I can tell. Looks like the closest I'm getting to living in Europe is Oregon or maybe BC (my wife and kids are dual citizens). It's no Switzerland, but it's bike friendly and somewhat eco-friendly.
  • 1 0
 I'm living in Portland right now, and it's pretty cool, minus the hipsters... there is a ton of great riding all over Oregon, and lots of it is less than an hour from Portland. The mtb scene here is also getting more and more recognition with the state and local places, allowing more trail building and more places to ride with varying features, making it so you don't have to drive 2.5 hours out of town to go do some jumps or anything... its really cool, and I would recommend living in Oregon... I am from Washington tho, so I always have to go back to my default and say that Oregon is Washington's Mexico, and not nearly as cool.... haha but its really not too bad.
  • 1 0
 My wife is from Hood River and I fell in love with the area when she and I lived there briefly with her mother. I hope to live in that valley if we ever make enough money.
  • 1 0
 A work visa for an American is the hardest part.
  • 1 0
 i'm right now in switzerland at work and guess what, i go to verbier this summer hit some trails Razz
  • 1 0
 Well...I live there all year round! Wink

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