Destination Showcase: Kootenay Dirt Epic 8, British Columbia

Jul 16, 2018
by Pinkbike Originals  

THE KOOTENAYS, BC
8 Towns. 600+ Trails. 3 Bike Parks. Mountain Culture.
Photography & Video: Calvin Huth
Presented by Kootenay Dirt.





From remote and unforgiving terrain, to mellow entry-level flow trails, the Kootenays have trail options for every riding level. The towns of Golden, Invermere, Panorama, Kimberley, Fernie, Cranbrook, Rossland, and Nelson, each have incredible trail networks and their own unique small-town flavour.

The Kootenays are easily accessible, with the eastern outskirts only a few hours from Calgary International Airport, and bordering Montana, Idaho, and Washington at the south. The region encompass iconic landmarks such as the Yoho National park, the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, Monashees and the Selkirk ranges. With all that remote terrain, Pinkbike recommends that all riders be prepared for backcountry situations and wildlife encounters, and that first timers consider using a guide service.


Rossland


Finding trails in Rossland is as easy and grabbing your bike and go
Finding trails in Rossland is as easy and grabbing your bike and go!

Surrounded by mountains most trails lead right back into town.
Surrounded by mountains most trails lead right back into town.


The natural beauty of the climbs only beat by the view at the top.
The natural beauty of the climbs only beat by the view at the top.

What goes up must go down.
What goes up must go down.



Nelson

Nelson trails more often than not are accompanied by beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains.Full speed ahead.
Nelson trails, more often than not, are accompanied by beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains.


The tacky well built trails in Nelson mean letting off the brakes and holding on
Full speed ahead. The tacky well built trails in Nelson mean letting off the brakes and holding on!

Nelson s extensive trail network offer a bit of everything for all riders.
Nelson's extensive trail network offer a bit of everything for all riders.


Remember to look where you re going.
Remember to look where you're going.



Cranbrook

Cranbrook s The Hide Out is definitely the place to go for your post ride beers and food
Cranbrook's "The Hide Out" is definitely the place to go for your post ride beers and food!

Surrounded by mountains the XC trails is engulfed in breathtaking scenery.
Surrounded by mountains the XC trails is engulfed in breathtaking scenery.


The surrounding views in Cranbrook will never get old.
The surrounding views in Cranbrook will never get old.

Cranbrook is filled with long flowy trails like to surprise you at every turn. Occasionally throwing beautiful rolls like this at you.
Cranbrook is filled with long flowy trails like to surprise you at every turn. Occasionally throwing beautiful rolls like this at you.


Fernie

Make sure you climb a mountain in Fernie the views are spectacular P.S. Gram It
Make sure you climb a mountain in Fernie, the views are spectacular even if you don't gram them.


From scenic views to flowy trails Fernie offers it all. Berms like this will have you coming back for more.
From scenic views to flowy trails Fernie offers it all. Berms like this will have you coming back for more.

Remember to keep your eyes on the trail as hard as that may be.
Remember to keep your eyes on the trail, as hard as that may be.


Fernie Boat launch. Post Ride stretch amp Views.
Fernie Boat launch. Post Ride stretch & Views.



Kimberley

Kimberly had some of the best trails we had ever seen. Everything from perfectly linked up jump trails to fresh loamers. Pick your poison.
Kimberley had some of the best trails we had ever seen. Everything from perfectly linked up jump trails to fresh loamers. Pick your poison.

Skiing through Kimberly loam
Skiing through Kimberley loam!


The rocky outcrops create for dry conditions and epic views.
The rocky outcrops create for dry conditions and epic views.

Random flower patches flourish on the mountain springs. Stumbling on these forces you to stop and take a look.
Random flower patches flourish on the mountain springs. Stumbling on these forces you to stop and take a look.




Panorama / Invermere


Morning light creeping in. Going fast to stay warm on these crisp summer mornings.
Morning light creeping in. Going fast to stay warm on these crisp summer mornings.

The early Bird gets the worm. Early season you can always find those fresh berms Panorama offering the goods.
Early Bird gets the worm. Early season you can always find those fresh berms! Panorama offering the goods.


Trails are always being upgraded at Panorama. One of the many new lines to go into Pano this year.
Trails are always being upgraded at Panorama. One of the many new lines to go into Pano this year.


Invermere Surrounding areas are truly breathtaking.
Invermere Surrounding areas are truly breathtaking.



Golden

Nothing like a Golden alpine ride to start off your day. Great trails and stunning views.
Nothing like a Golden alpine ride to start off your day. Great trails and stunning views.


Make sure you take a second to soak it all in.
Make sure you take a second to soak it all in.

Just ride this section of trail What more could you ask for
Just ride this section of trail! What more could you ask for?


Golden s Canyon Creek is a must do ride. Epic trails and great mountain goat spotting.
Golden's Canyon Creek is a must do ride. Epic trails and great mountain goat spotting.



Revelstoke

Revelstoke is famous for a reason
Revelstoke is famous for a reason!


Doing laps with friends is what It s all about. Trails made for every skill level can be enjoyed by all riders.
Doing laps with friends is what It's all about. Trails made for every skill level can be enjoyed by all riders.

Epic dirt and epic views More likely than not looking for the brewery in town
Epic dirt and epic views. More likely than not looking for the brewery in town!


Revelstoke has some beautiful lush forests. Go as fast as you can to take in as many smells as quickly as possible.
Revelstoke has some beautiful lush forests. Go as fast as you can to take in as many smells as quickly as possible.



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Whatever your flavour, shuttle-accessed downhilling or double-digit cross-country rides, The Kootenays has it all, and will reward you with stellar mountain views that eat up the entire skyline. We would like to thank the following towns for their incredible hospitality:


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39 Comments

  • + 49
 Alternate title: "Vancouverite Realizes World Exists Beyond Lower Mainland, Is Surprised For Some Reason"
  • + 15
 I can just Imagine the look of disgust on their face when they realize that its not just Albertans that buy duramaxes and super dutys.
  • + 2
 lol..yes
  • + 1
 Oops. Meant to put laughing emoji .. Smile haha
  • + 21
 I've been lucky enough to visit Canada a couple times.

May be off topic, but Canadians - support your local trail management/trail builders. Get out there and help build and maintain the trails, you've got (possibly) the single best land in the world for mountain biking.
  • + 4
 YES!

As someone who knows some people involved here....

SOME RECOGNITION OF THE LOCAL TRAIL ORGS WOULD BE A NICE TOUCH.

[cough cough Phil, cough cough Kris]

Smile
  • + 1
 @cooperquinn-wy: We didn't write the script/captions! Lol, but yes - good point. We both know the it's not just the builders who put in the time behind amazing trail networks!
  • + 17
 I'm a bit confused by the narrator saying they didn't have any expectations about interior BC riding. Really? It's been pretty well respected in mountain biking for decades. There have been many enduro series, singletrack 6, etc, coming through Thompson/Okanagan/Kootenay towns for a while, and many Pinkbike articles written about these areas. Anyways, glad you enjoyed it!
  • + 1
 Lots of people live in the Sea2Sky bubble, especially if you've moved to BC from elsewhere. So much good riding in Sea2Sky, you don't need to really venture far.
  • + 3
 @canadaka: yeah true. It's also a decent drive from the coast. I lived in the sea to sky for a few years and now the interior so I guess I'm spoiled by experiencing both spots.
  • + 6
 @gbeaks33: Not too mention that the Kootenays has as solid place in mountain bike history. There was a time when movies were just about split between Nelson/Rossland and the North Shore. Anyone influenced by mountain bike media in the late 90's and early 00's will likely have seen Kootenay riding. Drop In Anyone? NWD? Kranked? Lots of Kootenay love. But hey... low expectations means less traffic and more for us!
  • + 2
 Its a ways away, I guess?

Like, sure its all BC, but Fernie is a solid 12 hour, nearly 1000km drive.

Preaching to the choir, though. As someone who's traveled a fair bit to ride... and then been to "interior BC".... it can be a bit of a "HOLY F@$^%&^@$%" moment. And then the realization Sunday evening that you're not going to be able to visit as much as you want, because its far away.
  • + 11
 Missing Castlegar in this!
  • + 1
 Just rode there during the Trans BC, sick!
  • + 2
 Don’t forget to stop on the Eastshore trails.
  • + 1
 I'm Awake for the Hail Mary.
  • + 1
 @Kootbiker: Yeah, that was day 5, ridiculously awesome!
  • + 4
 The Kootenays is such an awesome place to ride with an endless supply of rad trails. Rossland in the fall is incredible and all the people who live in the Koots are some of the nicest around. If you have not been there, put it on your list, one of my favourite places ever.
  • + 2
 Will be doing a roadtrip bc end of august / september. Will be doing some riding in golden. Whistler, eucelet, campbell river and vancouver/ squamisch.

Anyone got some good tips on where to go? Would like to join some group rides or something.
  • + 1
 Campbell River - there is a PB article I wrote, Do a search

Golden - - there is a PB article I wrote, Do a search

Whistler/Vancouver/Squamish. Make a post in the forums and put in more info about how you ride and what you want to do. There are over 300 trails in both areas. The better the question you ask the more intelligent the answers will be. Good luck!
  • + 1
 On your way to Campbell River ride Cumberland. Possibly Vancouver Islands best trail network.
  • + 1
 Ride Cumberland if you are headed to Vancouver Island.
  • + 1
 Hit up Radar Hill in Campbell River. It's a new DH and all mountain network.Great riding.
  • + 1
 I was lucky enough to catch two days off in Vancouver over National day this year on my way home from Europe for work. I spent 2 days riding in Squamish. problem is, it was one giant big tease so I am absolutely chomping to get back to BC and this video and article hasn't helped haha! Amazing place, amazing devotion from the community and builders to all embrass something that is better then most places in the world!
  • + 1
 WOW! Just..... WOW! Every single photo just looks like mtb perfection from the trails to the views, stunning! I rode in Whistler and Jasper last year but I can't wait to get back out and do more exploring, Canada is an amazing mecca for mtbing.
  • + 4
 I freakin love the Canadian Rockies! Such a beautiful place!
  • + 3
 First summer in 5 or 6 years I'm not driving through BC to ride trails. sad. I want to move to Nelson
  • + 1
 I am headed to Nelson, Revi, SilverStar, and Whistler next month but am planning on bringing by DH rig. Any tips for self service shuttle trails in these regions?
  • + 2
 Nelson and Revy both have worthy shuttle trails just outside of town. When I was in Nelson a few years ago they had an evening shuttle bus going.
  • + 2
 If you can you should try to squeeze a day in at Sun Peaks too, especially if you're bringing a DH bike. Easy halfway stop between Revy and Whistler if you're driving the Duffy to Whis.
  • + 1
 Whoever wrote the narration for this video needs to get on a bike more often and/or pull their head out of their thesaurus.
  • + 1
 Allow me to translate: "braaap!" ;-)
  • + 1
 Just got back from a trip out there and the trail were so much fun. I had way more fun compared to the lower mainland
  • + 2
 Great looking crew. Curtis for the road gap!
  • + 1
 Looks absolutely amazing.
  • + 0
 With this itch in the interior of my Kootenay, I doubt the border guards will let me pass
  • + 1
 Spots of Transrockies Singletrack6.com ... does not only look amazing...!
  • + 1
 that rode gap was huge!!!!

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