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Retallack Mountain Biking Brochure v4

Retallack Mountain Biking Brochure v4

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Guided backcountry mountain biking
 Mountain biking is in our culture. Our backyard is a spiderweb of epic cross-country tracks, freeride anddownhill descents. We wake up each day to spectacular alpine views of the Selkirk Mountains. Our days arespent dropping into trails that flow more sweetly than warm honey.
With Retallack’s professionally guided backcountry mountain packages, you will be able to access windingsingle-track descents of up to 5,000 vertical feet via a combination of off-road vehicles and helicopters.Our network of trails is located in the Selkirk Mountains of the West Kootenays and aredispersed over an approximate area of 5,900 square kilometres (1,458,000 acres). Wetherefore have lots options to choose from!Luxury food and accommodations is provided at Retallack’s 11,000 sq ft lodge - locatedin the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, and is accessible by car approximately one hournorth of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.All you need is your bike and riding gear; we do the rest. Join us in backcountrymountain biking paradise.
Our Terrain and Trails
Our stomping grounds allow youto explore trails that meld bothpast and present. In the 1890's,during the mining boom of the'Silvery Slocan,' thousands of miners armed with pickaxes andshovels toiled to build pack trailsfrom the lakes upto their mineshafts.More than acentury later,riding these sametrails on our bikes,we can't help butfeel the presence of these long lost trail builders.They mined silver, we mine trails.Our trails consist of long,winding single-track descentsfrom mountaintops to lakeshores.We have rekindled long-lostroutes into smooth, bermeddownhill trails; where ridingthrough Old Growth forests andfeeling the touch of the past is aneveryday occurrence. The viewsare always awe-inspiring - moremountains, more trees, and morescenic beauty. Our trails will leadyou ever onwards to the perfectcorner or your favourite newsection.At Retallack, riding and trail building is what we do. With a backyard like ours, it's hard notto keep adding toour quiver of trails. Every timewe finish a newride we areplotting wherethe next bigdescent will be.With thousandsof acres of perfectterrain at ourfingertips, we justwant to keepriding andexploring.
Energy-PackedMeals by Day…Fine Dining by Night
Imagine enjoying a deliciousthree-course dinner with yourchoice of wine, right in themiddle of one of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled alpinewildernesses! Here at Retallack,we’re proud to offer our guestsmouth-watering cuisine and athoughtfully-assembled wineselection, all in the cosysurroundings of our backcountrytimber-frame lodge. However, weunderstand that you want morethan gourmet food and wineduring your mountain bikingholiday – you’ll also need high-energy meals and snacksthroughout the day if you’regoing to tear it up on the trails.Like all passionateriders, we knowhow important it isto stoke yourengine at breakfast, refuel atlunch, and top upthose energy levelsaprès riding.That’s why Retallack’s culinaryphilosophy is, “energy-packedmeals by day…fine dining bynight.” It’s all part of the ultimate backcountry mountain bikingexperience!
Our Lodge
Retallack Lodge is locatedapproximately an hour’s drivenorth of the artsy, bohemian, laid- back town of Nelson, BritishColumbia. We’re accessible by caron a well-maintained highway.That means you don’t have toworry about baggage limits onhelicopter flights, long trips toyour accommodation in othervehicles, or leaving your car behind in an unattended parkinglot. After all, why waste valuableriding time spending hoursgetting to andfrom youraccommodation?The heart of Retallack Lodge isour spaciousliving room withits comfortableleather sofas andimpressive two-story granitefireplace. We also offer a pleasant42-person dining room, cosy bar,games room, entertainmentroom, sauna, outdoor hot tub andwireless Internet access. Otheramenities include an equipmentroom for tuning and repairingyour bike, and a changing roomwhere you can leave your gearand outerwearovernight. Youcan also let ourmassagetherapists getyour body back into top form soyou can get themost out of yourtime on the mountain.Our accommodation sleepsup to 24 guests in 11 warm,comfortable guest suites.Bedrooms are furnished withsingle or double beds bedeckedwith goose downduvets, bedsidetables withreading lamps,and a hangingspace forclothing. Eachsuite includes a private bathroomwith a shower.
Our People
 – ProfessionalGuides and Lodge Staff
Great trails andamazing scenery isone thing, butsharing it withunique andmemorable peopleis another. Ourstaff is made up of a blend of ‘Kootenay Folk’ who live themountainlifestyle to thefullest. We skideep, dry snowin the winters;and roam thesesame areas by bike in thesummer.The ruggedlandscape is in our blood – alpinepeaks, valleys,forests, hot springs,glaciers, ragingrivers, lakes, andan endless trove of secret treasures just waiting to bediscovered. The Kootenays breedthe type of people who define aculture that is both mellow anddriven. Driven for adventure, butalways taking in each moment.Our professionalguides and lodgestaff will welcomeyou with smiles,stories, and best of all - the experiencerequired to shareour riding with youin the best waypossible.At Retallack, safety is always our
Number 1 priority
. All of ourexperienced mountain bikingguides are trained in client care ,advanced first aid, mountainrescue, the safe operation of helicopters and off-road vehicles,wildlife encounter procedures,and wilderness survival. All of our guides and vehicles areequipped with the latest medicaland rescue gear, and are inconstant contact with ourcommunicationcentre via VHFradios, 3D GPStracking and two-way satellitemessenging devices,and back-up satellitephones.Under the guidance of ourMedical Director and physicianswe also have the capabilities andequipment to provide both basicand advanced life support. It isrecommended that you purchaseour optional External Travel,Medical and HelicopterEvacuation Insurance when you book your trip. At a cost of onlyapproximately 5% of the totalcost of your trip, it is a bargainfor your added peace of mind.

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