Rider Levels - Applies to all ages. Specific Camp information below.
Wondering what we mean by Intermediate? Here are some descriptions of the rider levels, so you can match your experience to them, and figure out where you fit in.
Level One - New Rider/ Beginner
Level one riders have very little or no single track experience . Trails will be our easiest available beginner singletrack, they are wide trails with few obstacles. Level one riders will find these trails challenging but are able to ride most of the trail without getting off the bike. In Rossland this includes trails like Louie Joes, Moes & Larry's.
Level Two - Beginner
Occasional single track experience but still has a lot to learn. Trails will be our green/blue variety with more small bumps, rocks, roots and switchbacks than level 1. Level 2 riders will find these trails challenging and will still be learning how to navigate the obstacles on the trail. In Rossland the trails include Cemetary, Green Door, Drakes.
Level Three - Intermediate
Ride Single track often and want to improve speed and confidence through small roots and rocks and corners up and down. Trails have lots of challenging fun Blue switchbacks descending, some steeper descending practice and some blue rocky sections for challenges. Level 3 riders are riding these trails with confidence, they are looking to improve their line selection, ride with more flow and conquer the rock and man made features on the trail. In Rossland the trails include Milky Way, Dewdney, Tamerac to Doukabour Draw.
Level Four - Intermediate/Advanced
Ride single track regularly with confidence on most trail features. Have the ability to adapt quickly to changing terrain and are confident on new trails. Looking to improve speed and flow on the trail through varied steep up/down terrain with good technique and reading of trail. Level four riders want to improve all areas of their biking, build their speed and be confident riding all single blacks at speed and moving into be capable of any trail. In Rossland trails include Pay Dirt, Larch/BS, SMD/SMA, Crown Point
Level Five - Advanced
Confident in varied rooty and rocky terrain with steep up/down terrain.
Desire to improve skills and confidence with black diamond terrain. Trails have rocky, rooty, steep pitches, rock faces, man made stunts and log rides if desired. Must have padding, flat pedals, full face helmet recommended , and at least 6 inch front fork recommended.
Youth Program Ripper Levels
Not sure which program to enter your ripper into? See our guidelines below and please don't hesitate to contact one of our coaches if you have any questions.
Little Rippers - Level 1 - ages 5-7
Introduction to mountain biking suitable for ages 5-7 with a minimum 20 inch bike.
Practice Basic skills including; braking, balance, body positioning
Minimal trail time with a focus on games and fun activities that build confidence on their bike.
Riders need to be comfortable riding a 2 wheel bike without training wheels and have good use of the hand brakes (no coaster brake allowed)
Novice Rippers - Level 2 - ages 7-12
Adding more advanced skills; building on body positioning, braking and trail awareness.
Some games, drills and more time on green to blue trails.
Riders can comfortably ride on green and easy blue single track with confidence to ride and carry momentum through bumpy, rooty sections of trail without putting their foot down. Rippers should have good front and back brake control.
Intermediate Rippers - Level 2-3 - ages 8-12
Rad Rippers are comfortable on all blue technical trails and can ride all green trails, maintaining momentum while riding through rock and root sections.
Rad Rippers are starting to increase their speed with good brake controI. They can confidently ride raised (ladder) bridges and small rock faces
Advanced Rippers - Level 3 - ages 9-14
Advanced Rippers are strong on all blues and easy blacks and can ride all or most of the features. They can ride at a moderate but safe speed and carry momentum. They are ready to ride steep roll downs, raised ladder bridges and more technical trails. Can perform a rear wheel lift, bunny hops, a track stand, and small jumps and drops with correct technique.
Beginner Youth Riders - Level 1-2 - ages 8-14
Introduction to mountain biking suitable for ages 8-14 with a minimum 20 inch bike.
Practice Basic skills including; braking, balance, body positioning with more time on trial but still some time for games which help build confidence on their bike.
Mellow green trails, time split riding cross country and possibly a shuttle, as required
Riders need to be able to comfortably ride on pavement and open gravel trails, maintain balance and use hand brakes (no coaster brake allowed).
Junior Freeride Program - Level 4-5 - ages 9-14
Riders who are ready to go to the next level. Riders should be comfortable maintaining speed and momentum on all black trails both cross country and on DH trails. They're able to pick a line through difficult technical sections, ride steep rock faces and raised skinnys. They'll have good technique and speed judgement to take medium jumps
Senior Freeride Program - Level 5-6 - ages 12-16
Riders are confident at high speeds on all trails, and can ride all the features on black and some double black trails both on cross country and on freeride jump trails. They can clear large drops and jumps with correct technique.