Use our expert, certified instructors to unlock and master the mountain bike skills required to ride slab features safely and with confidence
Ride don’t slide…
Sometimes as riders we need to laser focus our learning in a particular area of development. Slabs can be intimidating and without the proper skills and know-how can lead to a not so great first experience. In comparison to our Core Camps & Clinics where we develop the broadest set of fundamental elements, in this full-day camp we dive deep into the elements of riding slabs successfully. In order to maximize the development of each rider, we cap the limit of students to 12 so you get the attention you need to see actual results.
Our expert instructors use a unique and differentiated approach to coaching that takes elements from each of the major industry coaching methodologies, something you can only get from RideHub.
These full day camps are a great way to make new friends in the riding community that you can share your successes with. Did we mention that you also get a fresh and healthy lunch on top of it all?
RideHub Slabs Camp is suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders with Intermediate Endurance abilities. Beginner riders should consider taking a Core Camp or Clinic first.
Dates for our camps are clinics are in the booking calendar, hit the button below to check these out.
We can also accommodate private camps and clinics with a minimum of 4 riders, please email to inquire.
Understand everything that makes Slab riding a reality
In this camp, riders will learn and develop the core fundamentals necessary in riding ever slab, and then progress their riding by adding additional elements. Here is a quick list of a few of our target areas for the day:
Balance & Stability
What Do I Need To Bring?
If you require a rental bike as part of your Skills Clinic, please contact the office to coordinate your equipment rental. We have everything you will need!
Your mountain bike should be in good working order and should have been recently serviced. Our Skills Camp instructors will perform a safety check on your bike prior to the start of the course. While we will assist with any minor issues that are identified, but participants are ultimately responsible for the condition of their own bicycle. Participants with unsafe bicycles will not be allowed to participate in our Cornering Skills Clinic.
Your bicycle should have the following minimum equipment spec:
- 2″ or wider knobby tires
- Front Suspension (with 4″ of travel minimum)
- At least 10 Gears
- Effective Disc Brakes
If your bicycle does not meet the minimum specifications, rental bicycles are available at a preferred rate for participants.
RideHub always recommends using Flat Pedals (no clips or cleats) when developing a skill. Flat pedals force a rider to use correct pedal position while performing maneuvers. We have a limited stock of Flat Pedals so let us know as early as possible if you need to borrow some. We also sell them!
As equally important as pedals are your shoes. A good quality flat soled Mountain Biking shoe should be used with flat pedals. Flat pedal shoes can be purchased from your local bike shop and are a great piece of kit to invest in.
Helmets are mandatory for all participants in any cycling activity. There are no exceptions to this rule.
It is advised that you also bring any and all body armor that you are comfortable spending the duration of the course in. Most riders will bring knee/shin protection and some will also bring elbow protection. Your mountain bike coach may also wear armor they are comfortable in. If it helps your confidence and doesn’t hinder your endurance, consider bringing it. Ultimately, it is your decision how much you want to armor up for your clinic.
Gloves & protective eyewear are also recommended.
Because we will be spending a good portion of the day on our bikes, it is your responsibility to keep yourself hydrated – and it’s easy to forget when you are having fun. We will have a water jug that you can use to refill your waterbottle during our lunch. Please make sure your water bottle or hydration pack is full of fresh water when you arrive. Remember, practicing Mountain Bike Skills can sometimes be more exhausting that just riding your bike, especially when the sun is out and we don’t have a forest canopy to protect us during drills.
An understood & signed Liability Waiver is require from anyone who wishes to participate in our mountain bike lessons or be provided with skills coaching by the Archer Adventure Company Inc.
Please review our waiver here and if you have any questions regarding it, or the rights you are waiving by signing it, please contact us right away. You will be emailed a link to fill and sign your waiver digitally when you book your experience. Please follow the instructions in a timely manner to avoid delays on the day of your course.
To control the variables and maximize the progression of your slab riding skills, this course starts in a controlled, non-trail environment. We use this area to work out the kinks in your riding without needing to worry about sliding out and losing control. This also allows us to maximize the time you get practicing the skill and removes other trail users from the situation. Once we have completed our drills, we head out onto a few select trails that are great for developing our slab skill set. Again, the mantra here is higher degree of mastery with a lower degree of consequence.
Our Foundations clinic is designed to drive a broad level of improvement in your riding. We address body position and braking during those clinics as a module. This Slabs Clinic focuses entirely on refining this skill specifically. We would suggest taking the Foundations course first if you are relatively new to riding or have never taken a clinic before – it’s a great introduction and builds a solid framework that we can develop and improve.
Unlike a lot of other riding areas, coastal British Columbia is actually a temperate rainforest, which means it rains – a lot. So do we ride mountain bikes in the rain? Yep. If the weather is going to be a safety risk (ie. Lightning, Windstorms), we will look to reschedule or refund your clinic. If you are a fair weather rider only (not that we are judging you!) and you want to cancel or reschedule our normal cancellation policies will apply. Remember, #itsalwayssunnyinsquamish