There are many amazing places in this world and almost as many places to mountain bike, but for me there are a handful of locales that stand out above the rest. This is not a comprehensive list of the best mountain bike spots in the world, just simply places I’ve always wanted to ride. So let’s get started.
Retallack Lodge, British Columbia
Retallack Lodge started as a backcountry, heli- and cat-skiing lodge in the Kootenays of B.C., but now acts as a mountain bike destination in the summer. They offer shuttle and heli trips, and the trails are absolutely incredible. From machine built flow trails to high alpine descents, they offer it all in a remote backcountry setting in the legendary Selkirk mountains.
Crested Butte, Colorado
Crested Butte is well known in the mountain biking community as an awesome place to ride. The town is almost completely surrounded by trails upon trails. If you’re like me and you like big mountains and long rides, Crested Butte is the place to go. The altitude here is pretty crazy, so be warned that your legs and lungs might hurt.
This isn’t exactly a specific location, but the riding anywhere in the Highlands looks pretty rad. Plus I just think that the Highlands is a raw, ancient and rugged landscape that is incredibly beautiful and stirring.
You could spend a lifetime riding in Switzerland and not see everything, so I needed to narrow it down. Graubünden has every style of riding that you could want, from brutal climbs to lift accessed downhills. No other alpine region in Europe has as many trails as Graubünden. And it’s Switzerland, which means stunning views in every direction.
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Whistler and Squamish, British Columbia
Squamish riding is gnarly as heck and Whistler is THE world mecca of mountain biking. You will be hard pressed to find better trails anywhere else in the world. That being said, there is plenty of amazing riding out there, especially in places that I have not included on this list.
Whistler Bike Park: