MTB Ability Levels
First Timers - Level 1: You have no experience mountain biking and have never ridden off road. You are able to ride a bike comfortably on paved roads. You need to learn how to brake safely on dirt/gravel, to handle corners on single track trails and learn to balance on your bike standing on level pedals.
Your goal is to learn basic bike control and to have your first taste of downhill mountain biking.
Limited Mileage - Level 2: You are pretty new to mountain biking but are fairly confident with basic body position of level pedals on flat trails with a shallow gradient. You can control bike speed and direction but have trouble keeping the front wheel straight while riding on features such as roots and rocks.
Your goal is to learn how to gradually approach riding on green trails with confidence.
Green Rider - Level 3: You have done at least one season of frequent downhill mountain biking and are looking to increase your capability to ride more features and work towards riding blue trails. You can control bike speed and direction on moderate gradients without needing to put your feet down. You’re comfortable at slower speeds on more technical trails with roots, loose rocks and tight single track but mainly ride green trails.
Your goal is to gain confidence in your downhill biking ability and start trying out easier blue runs.
Blue/Black Rider - Level 4/4+: You have downhill biked for a couple of years and are comfortable on flowing blue trails controlling speed and direction. You’re able to handle small drops, roots, rocks and steeper, descending terrain but you’re looking for improvement on harder features and black trails.
Your goal is to refine your existing downhill skills to tackle more advanced trails and features with confidence.
Face masks are required in all indoor public spaces in the Central Okanagan, including Big White. Masks are encouraged to be worn outdoors if you are unable to physically distance. Masks are not currently required in lift lines, but we ask everyone to be diligent in physically distancing while outdoors in lift lines, in the village and on the trails.
- Limited group size to 4
- No sharing of bikes or equipment
- Participants will only touch their own bike (rental or owned)
- All bikes from the rentals department are cleaned/sanitized at the end of each session
- Increased spacing beyond the 2m suggestion for both climbing and descending to reduce risk
- Limiting trail difficulty to ensure all trails are within the skill level of participants
- Zero tolerance policy for behaviour that puts other participants at risk
- If a participant is sick or displaying signs/symptoms they will be sent home as a precaution
Bike School is now closed for the 2021 season. We look forward to seeing you next year!