Skills
Camps
Use our expert, certified instructors to unlock and master your mountain bike skills. We have skill specific camps that focus on delivering outcomes and allow you to invest in the development area that is important to you!
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Top-rated mountain bike skills camps designed to improve your riding in an exciting and dynamic team environment

RideHub provides a wide selection of foundational and skills specific camps that allow riders to choose an area of focus and work on developing and improving their riding in a fun, social and exciting group environment. Many of the riders who take part in our group skills clinics make new friends during the course so it’s a great way to expand your network of riding partners.

Our skills camps and clinics provide a cost-effective way to continue improving your riding without the added expense of private lessons. Some riders see our clinics as an effective way to dust off the early season cobwebs and start the season off on a good foot.

A rider cornering into a berm during a RideHub cornering skills camp
Cornering

Take your turning to the next level with this comprehensive cornering clinic

A rider flying off a drop during a RideHub mountain bike drops skills camp
Drops

Learn to launch in a controlled environment with our intensive Drops camp

A client riding their mountain bike down a large rock obstacle during a skills camp
Slabs

Master the skills needed to negotiate the challenging rock slabs in Squamish

A rider practicing their climbing skills during a RideHub mountain bike climbing skills clinic
Climbing

What goes down must go up and this climbing camp will help you up the hill

Cornering
Skills Camp
$180 for 2 x 4 Hour Lessons

Cornering for the most part is one of the most challenging maneuvers that riders struggle to master. In comparison to our Core Camps & Clinics where we develop the broadest set of fundamental elements, in this weekend camp we dive deep into the elements of cornering and give a broad progression strategy for refining your cornering abilities. In order to maximize the development of each rider, we cap the limit of students to 6 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.

If you have been struggling to rail those berms or have a tendency to wash out on gravel turns, book this camp, you won’t regret it.

RideHub Cornering Skills Camp is suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders with Intermediate Endurance abilities. Novice riders should consider taking a Foundations clinic first.
Technical Level
Endurance Level
Understand everything that makes cornering a reality

There is no “one right way” to corner. Every corner and every rider is different and because of that, a rider needs to have an arsenal of fundamental elements at their disposal to adapt on the fly. In this camp, riders will learn and develop the core fundamentals used in every corner, and then progress their cornering by adding additional elements. Here is a quick list of a few of our target areas for the day:

  • Range of motion & body position
  • Leaning versus steering
  • Pedal position
  • Speed management & line selection
  • Stability & balance
  • Importance of eye movement
Focused Skills
Ready to corner?
This is the clinic for you, see you soon!
Drops
Skills Camp
$95 for 1 x 3 Hour Lesson

Drops require a lot of commitment and many people who have tried to learn drops out on the trail have experienced how challenging drops can be when things go well and how painful (or season ending) they can be when they don’t go well. At RideHub we understand how difficult it can be getting over the mental hurdle of launching yourself and your bicycle off a perfectly good obstacle. In our Drops Skills Camp, you and 11 other participants will work closely with our certified, expert instructors to learn, develop and ultimately master your mountain bike drop skills.

We have built a modular drop progression system that allows us to control all the variables from take off angle, drop height and landing angle so we can safely develop your drops skills in a fun and exciting group setting. It’s one of the safest and most effective ways to get your drop game on point!

RideHub Drops Skills Camp is suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders with minimal endurance abilities. Novice riders should consider taking a Foundations clinic first.
Technical Level
Endurance Level
Learning to fly safely & in control

We understand that there are 5 primary ways that a rider can execute a drop and it’s important that you know each of them, their mechanics and when it makes sense to use each technique. We will learn a lot in the 3 hours we are together, but more importantly, you will get A LOT of time to practice riding off of the ramps to build your confidence. Some of the things we will learn are:

  • Range of motion & body position
  • Suspension & tire pressure setup
  • Timing & coordination
  • Decisions based on speed
  • Eye movement
  • Lunges, stomps & preloads
Quick Progression
Learn to launch!
Come take flight with the RideHub Drops clinic!
Slabs
Skills Camp
$170 for 1 x 6 Hour Lesson

Sometimes as riders we need to laser focus our learning in a difficult area of development. Squamish rock slabs are intimidating and diving in without the proper skills and know-how usually leads to a terrifying and not-so-great first experience. Riding steep, exposed rock slabs is as much a mental challenge as it is a technical challenge. In this course, we will address both areas head-on. In order to maximize the development of each rider, we cap the limit of students to 6 so you get the attention you need to see actual results.

The intended outcome of this course is for all riders to descend the main 3 part slab on the trail “Boney Elbows”. We have built a training program which rapidly develops the skills required to negotiate this massive rock slab with minimal consequence. Once we have mastered the skills, we can take what we learned to the trail. It’s awesome, and you’ll love it.

RideHub Slabs Skills Camp is suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders with Intermediate Endurance abilities. Novice riders should consider taking a Foundations clinic first.
Technical Level
Endurance Level
Master creeping down the steepest slabs

In this Slabs skills camp riders will learn and develop the core fundamentals necessary to riding every slab safely and in control. It’s all about very basic skills, dialed up to an extreme level of execution. Here is a quick list of a few of our target areas for the day:

  • Body position to maximize traction
  • High speed emergency braking using front brake only
  • Speed management
  • Terrain and traction profiles
  • Commitment & letting go of the brakes
  • Owning a line choice
  • Bailing out when it goes wrong
Small Groups
Get into the steeps!
Check those giant rock slabs off your list
Climbing
Skills Camp
$95 for 1 x 3 Hour Lesson

Let’s face it, you hate climbing. It’s OK to admit it. Buying that $12k E-bike isn’t going to make you any better at climbing the uphill jank so you might as well save that cash and buy some lessons. The saying goes “Climbing never gets easier, you just get faster” but we think we can make it easier. In this mountain bike climbing clinic, we will focus on the tips and techniques you can use to make you a more capable technical climber so you spend more time pedaling up hill instead of falling up hill.

This clinic will help you with negotiating technical uphill switchbacks as well as getting you and your bike over obstacles while climbing. We know it doesn’t sound glamourous, but any time spend on the bike as opposed to walking is a win in our books.

RideHub Climbing Skills Camp is suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders with Minimal Endurance abilities.
Technical Level
Endurance Level
Climb like a goat up the technical gnar

Our climbing skills camp participants will learn to master technical climbs on green and blue level trails, which can be further developed to difficult black trails. If you struggle with techie climbs, you’ll want to take a look at a few of our target areas for the day:

  • Body position to maximize traction
  • When to “burn your match”
  • Eye movement and line selection
  • Lunging your bike over obstacles
  • Finding traction when you need it
  • Pedaling and timing your strokes
Fun Environment
Are you going up?
This climbing clinic will help you get there
Our coaching curriculum has been built using the best practices from a broad cross section of national and global instructor certification programs. We have the most broadly cross-trained instructors in Canada.
Comprehensive industry certifications
Testimonials
Trusted by
beginners through to world champions
Jessica R.
Private MTB Instruction

I invested a few days into some private skills coaching with the RideHub team and I just want to say thank you for the tremendous support with my riding. I look forward to shredding the trails all season and coming for a refresher before the start of next season. Thank you!

Anonymous Rider
Private MTB Instruction

By far the best skills coaching I have ever received on a bike. Matt took the time to break my riding down to it’s core pieces and through his lessons help me understand why I had trouble progressing further with my skills. I highly recommend mountain bike private lessons!

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What you need to bring
Your Mountain Bike
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, participants are ultimately responsible for the condition of their own bicycle. Riders with unsafe bicycles will not be allowed to participate.

Your mountain bike should have suspension, at least 10 gears and tires that are wider than 2". If you require a rental bike as part of your Skills Clinic, please let us know!
Pedals & Shoes
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.
Armor & Protection
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.
Hydration & Snacks
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. 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.
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Liability Waiver
An understood & signed Liability Waiver is require from anyone who wishes to participate in a cycling related activity with the Archer Adventure Company Inc.

Please review our waiver (click on this box) 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. If you are booking a lesson or experience for more than one participant, please ensure that all participants in your group have completed their paperwork.
Frequently asked questions
What about the weather?
Unlike a lot of other riding areas, coastal British Columbia is actually a temperate rainforest, which means it rains – a lot. But alas, that also means many of our trails were designed to deal with the rain. Also thanks to an incredibly dense canopy even though it may be slashing rain outside, under the canopy is pretty well protected from the harshest of the elements. 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 your mountain bike lesson. 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
What are all the certifications?
Recognized globally, there are two Mountain Bike Skills Instructor certification paths. The PMBI is the Whistler Bike Park standard and has been adopted by many bike parks across Canada and throughout the world and is based in Whistler BC. The BICP was born from the original CMIC (Canadian Mountain Bike Instructor Certification) program. It is recognized worldwide with a heavy focus on trail riding and is now headquartered in Bellingham, WA. Both programs provide certifications that are recognized around the world for Mountain Bike instructors. The interesting thing about these programs is that they are *VERY* different but both are very valuable. Our head instructor has been certified in *BOTH* of these certification programs allowing RideHub to develop a coaching curriculum and protocol that is entirely unique and draws on the best parts of these two global certifications. The NCCP is a Coaching Certification program that is sport agnostic which focuses on how to be a coach, not specifically teaching Mountain Biking skills and we have staff certified through this nationally recognized organization.
Private lessons or Skills Camps?
Do you like meeting new people? Do you like saving a bit of money? Are you OK sharing your instructor with a few other strangers? Booking a camp or clinic with other riders is a great way to get some focused skill development and it’s great bang for the buck. Now if you are looking for the absolute best investment of your training dollar, Private Mountain Bike lessons are hard to beat. You get one-on-one time with an instructor and we can tailor the lesson to focus on the key areas you want to develop and we can skip the rest. All of the attention is on you and your riding.
Why are lessons expensive?
But are they? Everyone’s perception of value is different and if you shop around for Mountain Bike Private Lessons or Skills Clinics with other operators you will actually see that we are very competitively priced – but when you add all of the experience and certifications that we bring to our programs, our exceptional client reviews and our commitment to excellence, it's no brainer. Now think about this – how much does it cost to have a shop change both your tires and set them up for you? For about the same price, you can get a lesson that will do more for your riding than new tires ever will. #investinyourself
Do you use Video Analysis?
Video is one of the best ways to see what you are doing, which is especially helpful for visual learners. In group clinics we don't typically use video due to the time it takes to review, but it does happen occasionally. When we are working with a client in a Mountain Bike Private Lesson, we can shoot High-Speed footage in our practice area or on trail to slow down what you are doing and to analyze what is happening. From there we can determine a more specific correction to help improve your riding. When we are done with your lesson, we can upload your videos to a private shared folder where you can watch or download the videos for review later.
Book your skills camp!
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