Your coaches are local Alaskan’s with years of experience and expertise. They have in-depth knowledge and the technical know-how to help you become the mountain biker you want to be.
Learn the skills needed to tackle technical roots when riding flat terrain, climbing hills, and during descents. We will also work on riding steep trails, rocky terrain, muddy and slick conditions, and over natural drops.
Alaska has some of the best backcountry trails in the world. This course will cover route selection, gear, nutrition, trail repair, wildlife encounters, and the riding skills needed to successfully tackle Alaska’s wilderness trails.
This three-week course begins with the core fundamentals of mountain biking. Topics include bike-body separation, climbing positions, braking, descending positions, cornering, front, and rear-wheel lifts, ratcheting, and balance techniques.
This two-week mountain bike clinic will focus on the skills needed to ride the modern flow trails fast and in control. Each class we will session one of the one-way flow trails, rotating between Hillside and Kincaid.
This course will focus on the unique equipment used, packing, weight management, suspension set-up, nutrition, field repairs, first aid, backcountry camping skills, wildlife encounters, and dealing with inclement weather. The course will include one overnight trip.
Can I create my own groups? – Our mountain bike lessons are either private with one-on-one instruction or semi-private if you have siblings or friends who want to learn as well. For semi-private lessons, we recommend all riders be around the same ability level.
What if I’m not ready to buy a package? – No problem! You can buy a single lesson and if you want a package, we apply what you’ve already paid to your package.
Can I get bike lessons in the winter? – Yes! We offer winter fat biking lessons as well.
Is there a minimum age? – No minimum age for lessons! We can teach your tyke how to ride a bike! See individual clinics for age minimums.
What if I don’t have a mountain bike? – You can rent a fat-tire or hardtail mountain bike from Alaska Trail Guides for your lesson or clinic. Or, you can rent a full suspension MTB from a local bike shop.
Cancellation Policy MTB Clinics (see lessons page for Private Lesson Cancellation Policy): We understand life can be unpredictable. If you are unable to make your scheduled session/clinic, please contact us as early as possible.
Day of: We suggest arriving 15 minutes before the start of your session, which gives you time to check in with your coach and get your bike and gear ready!
If you are not able to make the session please let Alaska Trail Guides know ASAP so we can notify the coach.
Bikes & Equipment: You must bring a functioning mountain bike that fits you and is capable of riding on dirt singletrack trails. All participants are required to wear a helmet that is certified to the MIPS standard. Helmets are required any time on a bike. We don’t require but recommend that participants also wear protective sunglasses, bike-specific gloves, and possibly knee and/or elbow pads. A hydration pack is great for storing extra clothing, snacks, water, and necessary bike tools and/or other equipment.
Waiver: A link to our online waiver will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your lesson. A completed and signed waiver is required to participate in a lesson with Alaska Trail Guides.