MEC Announces Return of Popular Mountain Bike Trips for 2018

After an overwhelmingly popular series last season, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is once again rolling out its Sea-to-Sky Mountain Bike Trips. Head to one of the best mountain bike playgrounds in the world: the Coast Mountains in BC. This corner of Canada is teeming with high alpine singletrack, flowy rainforest lines and unforgettable lakes and meadows.

 

 

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“The overall experience exceeding my expectations,” says last season’s guest Alan Yeung. “The variety of trails we rode, the scenery, the attentiveness of our guide, the fact that all logistics were taken care of, the restaurant recommendations, etcetera.”

Each small group is led by expert guides who know every twist and drop of these trails. Once you book, things get just a little sweeter. Six weeks before your trip, you get 10% off merch at any MEC store, plus a hand at the bike shops to pack your bike for travel.

“Going on a trip with MEC you’re going to get the experience of at least the five years it took me to gain riding in the Sea-to-Sky,” says photographer Reuben Krabbe who was on board for last year’s trips. “You get a shortcut into the locals version of the Sea-to-Sky mountain bike experience. You’re going to get exactly what you want as far as difficulty, distance and quality, but you’re not going to accidentally get sandbagged on some insanely technical trail, or on some weird trail to goes uphill both ways.”

“The guide really made the trip,” says John Van Slingerland. “He was very thoughtful and open when discussing the options for daily rides. The level of skill requirements worked upward as the trip went forward and his feedback on technique was much appreciated. The ride locations were spectacular as well.”

Check out the two Sea-to-Sky packages being offered in 2018 and contact MEC to book your mountain bike holiday.

 

 

3-Day Sea-to-Sky Corridor: September 14–16, 2018

Find out first-hand why the Sea to Sky corridor attracts so many mountain bikers from around the world. This trip has some of the sweetest singletrack and all-mountain riding to be found in Canada’s most renowned mountain-bike playground. Tackle world famous trails in Squamish, Whistler and the North Shore mountains of British Columbia.

SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: INTERMEDIATE TO EXPERT
You’re at home on singletrack with tight turns, trees, loose dirt, rocks and mud. Your shifting is natural on climbs and descents without having to think about it, and modulating your front and rear brakes to stay in control is a no-brainer. When climbing, you can shift your riding position to make it up tricky, steep sections, because climbing is part of the fun!  You especially love long, flowy descents with the occasional rollable feature that doesn’t have high consequences if you have to bail.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED: INTERMEDIATE
You exercise two or three times a week, and feel comfortable riding up to six hours a day at a moderate pace. This includes long climbs of up to 1.5 hours, and you’d be ready to do it all again for three straight days.

GROUP SIZE: 4-12

PRICE: CAD $1,130 / EACH PARTICIPANT

 

DAY 1: WHISTLER VALLEY

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Meet your guide for orientation at the Aava Whistler Hotel at 9am. Come prepared to ride all day because and start the weekend with a full day of riding the amazing singletrack of the Whistler Valley and finish with a welcome dinner. Spend the night at the Aava Whistler Hotel.

 

DAY 2: SQUAMISH

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After breakfast (you have to source this one on your own), you’ll drive 40 minutes to the outdoor recreation capital of Canada – Squamish – for full day of exploring its nearly endless web of hand-built singletrack trails. Find out why Mountain Bike Magazine chose it as one of the top 25 wildest and most exotic places in the world to ride. Grab lunch at one of the local favourite spots and head back to Whistler to relax and catch some Zs at Aava Whistler Hotel.

 

DAY 3: NORTH SHORE

Photo courtesy of MEC

After an early breakfast, drive two hours back to North Vancouver and sneak in an epic session on the trails of Vancouver’s famous North Shore before saying goodbye to this amazing Canadian MTB adventure! MEC can drop you off at MEC North Vancouver at 2pm, your downtown Vancouver hotel at 4pm, or at YVR by 6pm.

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4-Day Sea-to-Sky Corridor: August 9–12, 2018

Find out first-hand why the Sea to Sky corridor attracts so many mountain bikers from around the world. This trip has some of the sweetest singletrack and all-mountain riding to be found in Canada’s most renowned mountain-bike playground. Tackle world famous trails in Squamish, Whistler and the North Shore mountains of British Columbia.

Bonus: this trip coincides with Crankworx, a major event at Whistler Mountain Bike Park, so you can watch some legendary riding and soak up the festival atmosphere in town.

SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: INTERMEDIATE TO EXPERT
You’re at home on singletrack with tight turns, trees, loose dirt, rocks and mud. Your shifting is natural on climbs and descents without having to think about it, and modulating your front and rear brakes to stay in control is a no-brainer. When climbing, you can shift your riding position to make it up tricky, steep sections, because climbing is part of the fun!  You especially love long, flowy descents with the occasional rollable feature that doesn’t have high consequences if you have to bail.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED: INTERMEDIATE
You exercise two or three times a week, and feel comfortable riding up to six hours a day at a moderate pace. This includes long climbs of up to 1.5 hours, and you’d be ready to do it all again for three more days.

GROUP SIZE: 4–12

PRICE: CAD $1,470 / EACH PARTICIPANT

DAY 1: WHISTLER VALLEY

Photo courtesy of MEC

Meet up in vibrant, bike-lovers’ Whistler, BC at 9am at the Aava Whistler Hotel and do an orientation session with your guide. Be ready to ride for a full day on an exhilarating network of singletrack trails, plus a post-ride dip in a mountain lake. Mark the beginning of a great adventure with a welcome dinner that’s included.

 

DAY 2: PEMBERTON

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Some of the best, less-ridden trails await 25 minutes north of Whistler in Pemberton. Surrounded with low-elevation, unique geography, Pemberton is home to breathtaking, hidden-gem trails within the region. Its characteristic loose dirt trails with natural beautiful quirks – and locals with personality make for an exciting natural, plus cultural, adventure. We overnight again at the Aava Whistler Hotel.

 

DAY 3: SQUAMISH

Photo courtesy of MEC

After breakfast (you have to source this one on your own), drive 40 minutes to the outdoor recreation capital of Canada – Squamish – for full day of exploring its nearly endless web of hand-built singletrack trails. Find out why Mountain Bike Magazine chose it as one of the top 25 wildest and most exotic places in the world to ride. Grab lunch at one of the local favourite spots and head back to Whistler to relax and catch some Z’s at Aava Whistler Hotel.

 

DAY 4: NORTH SHORE

Photo courtesy of MEC

After an early breakfast, we drive two hours back to North Vancouver and sneak in an epic session on the trails of Vancouver’s famous North Shore before saying goodbye to our amazing Canadian MTB adventure! We can drop you off at MEC North Vancouver at 2pm, your downtown Vancouver hotel at 4pm, or at YVR by 6pm.

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With so many trip providers in the area, it can be hard to distinguish between them, but MEC’s commitment to outdoor adventure coupled with the fact that the company was founded in this exact region more than four decades ago make this kind of a no-brainer. Pack your bike, helmet, and armour and get gone already. After all, you only regret the rides you never take.

 

 

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