MTB Clinics

Mountain Biking Clinics and Lessons

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.

Call (907) 317-5707 or email to book your Progression Session or Private Lesson today!

Mountain Biking Clinics

Progression Sessions

Intermediate Singletrack Clinic: Technical Trails

Availability : July 12th-21st, 2021
Min Age : 16+

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.

Intermediate Singletrack Clinic: Backcountry Trails

Availability : August 2nd-11th, Saturday, August 14th, 2021
Min Age : 16+

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.

Beginning Singletrack Mountain Biking Clinic

Availability : June 7th - 23rd 2021
Min Age : 16

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.

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Intermediate Singletrack Clinic: Flow Trails

Availability : June 28th-July 7th, 2021
Min Age : 16+

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.

Mountain Biking Clinic

Bikepacking

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Intermediate Clinic: Bikepacking

Availability : August 17th and 19th 6-8 pm. Overnight trip August 21st-22nd, 2021
Min Age : 18
Max People : 6

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.

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Private Lessons

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Private Mountain Bike Lessons

2 hours
Availability : May - September
Min Age : 5+

Lessons are designed around your skills and goals! Once you reserve your lesson(s) a coach will reach out to you to discuss what you would like to work on and build a plan tailored to you. 

Gear

  • Required Gear
  • A reliable, well-maintained mountain or fat tire bike with hand brakes and gears. (Rentals available for additional cost.)
  • Bike helmet
  • Closed-toe shoes with laces or velcro ~ No slipons or sandals!
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Extra inner tube
  • Additional equipment/gear required for Bikepacking. See Bikepacking clinic page for details.
  • Recommended Gear
  • Biking gloves
  • Sunglasses or eye protection
  • Bug repellent

FAQ’s

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. 

  • Cancellations for an entire clinic that are given at least 7 days before the 1st scheduled session of the clinic will receive a full refund. 
  • Cancellations for an entire clinic that are given within 2 – 6 days before the 1st scheduled session of the clinic will receive a 50% refund. Exception: if we are able to fill your spot with another participant, you’ll receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations for an entire clinic that are given within 48 hours before the 1st scheduled session of the clinic will not receive a refund. Exception: if we are able to fill your spot with another participant, you’ll receive a full refund.
  • Weather can be a real thriller too! Your safety is our priority, on or off the bike, so if the weather is dangerous we may call, text or email you to reschedule. Example of weather considered too dangerous: winds of 30+ mph. 
  • As Alaska Trail Guides, we hold the right to reschedule lessons at any time when the safety of participants is compromised due to dangerous outdoor conditions or for any other circumstances which are outside of our control. We will always try to reschedule first or a full refund will be given in these circumstances.

 

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.