Mountain Bike Lessons

Mountain Bike Lessons

AGES
4 - 5

AGES
6 - 8

AGES
9 - 11

AGES
18+

WOMEN
18+

DISCOVER
13+

 

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Our private mountain bike lessons can be tailored to any riding style from cross country to downhill, and are suitable for beginner to expert riders. Our experienced instructors will help build your confidence riding on trails so you can achieve your biking goals. We also offer specialty lessons for dirt jumps, racing, and more. Participants must be at least two-years-old. For more information or to register for lessons, contact our Guest Services team: 403-247-5452 or info@winsport.ca.

Private lessons are all 120 minutes in length and $150.

Ages 4 - 5
Level 1
This program is geared for preschoolers who are almost ready to take off their training wheels, but need a bit more practice and instruction. Our instructors will help your child develop a range of skills in a safe, fun, outdoor learning environment.

Key Goals
  • Improve balance
  • Increase confidence
Prerequisites
  • Some experience riding a bike with training wheels or a push-bike
  • Comfortable in a group environment
  • Able to bike around the beginner area for three hours with minimal breaks
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Level 2
This program is for preschoolers who can ride on the pavement and are ready to learn how to bike on uneven terrain such as grass and dirt.

Key Goals
  • Improve overall biking skills
  • Learn to bike on uneven terrain
Prerequisites
Successful completion of Level 1 and / or is capable of the following:
  • Comfortable in a group environment
  • Able to bike in the beginner area for three hours with minimal breaks
  • Can perform controlled stops using brakes
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Level 3
This program is designed to improve your preschooler's overall biking skills and increase their confidence.

Key Goals
  • Improve overall biking skills and build confidence
Prerequisites
Successful completion of Level 2 and / or is capable of the following:
  • Able to ride on two wheels both seated and standing
  • Comfortable in a group environment
  • Able to bike around beginner area for three hours with minimal breaks
  • Experience riding on both pavement and grass and / or dirt
  • Some experience riding up and down small hills
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All lessons are 3 hours.   Equipment Required
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Preschool programs do not require bikes with suspension. Push/balance bikes are preferred for Level 1.
  • Bikes with hand brakes and basic gears are preferred for Levels 2 and 3.
  Optional Equipment
  • Knee pads
  • Gloves
  • Full face helmet
  • Bike repair kit

Ages 6 - 8

Level 1
This program is a fun introduction to all aspects of cycling. Children practice in a progressive learners area where they explore and learn with a friendly  group of like-minded kids.

Key Goals
  • General introduction to biking
  • Learn correct body position and braking technique to improve control while riding
Prerequisites
  • None
PD/PA Days »
2 Lessons »
5 Lessons »

Level 2
This program is for kids who are comfortable riding on pavement and roads and are now looking to be challenged on grass and dirt! Kids will be introduced to all aspects of mountain biking including cross-country, enduro and downhill. 

Key Goals
  • Begin learning to ride on grass and dirt
  • Understand how to change gears
  • Introduction to cross-country, enduro and downhill mountain biking
Prerequisites
Successful completion of Level 1 and / or is capable of the following:
  • Comfortable riding on pavement and roads
  • Able to ride straight down a gentle hill while controlling speed with hand brakes
PD/PA Days »
2 Lessons »
5 Lessons »

Level 3
This program is for kids who are able to control their speed and are ready for a new challenge on green terrain.

Key Goals
  • Continue developing skills in cross country, enduro and downhill mountain biking
Prerequisites
Successful completion of Level 2 and / or is capable of the following:
  • Comfortable riding in gentle, off-road conditions
  • Able to handle small obstacles such as rocks, roots and bridges
  • Able to fully control speed
PD/PA Days »
2 Lessons »
5 Lessons »

Level 4
This program is for kids ready to develop a more aggressive riding technique on blue terrain.

Key Goals
  • Develop aggressive riding technique
  • Develop skill-based manoeuvres including front/rear wheel lifts, bunny hops, drops and jumps
  • Continue developing skills in cross-country, enduro and downhill mountain biking
Prerequisites
Successful completion of Level 3 and / or is capable of the following:
  • Confident riding on challenging off-road terrain at higher speeds
  • Able to remain in full control of speed
  • Open to new challenges on blue terrain
PD/PA Days »
2 Lessons »
5 Lessons »

If your child has progressed past Level 4, please visit our Academy page for season-long programs      Click here for more information »



PA/PD day camps run 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with before care starting at 7:30 a.m. and after care until 5:00 p.m.
All programs include lunch.

2 day program lessons are 7 hours.

5 day program lessons are 2 hours.
  Equipment Required
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Suitable mountain bike that you are comfortable pedaling up and down hill for 2+ hrs.
    This does not need to be a full suspension and rentals are available
    • Ex. Norco Sight, Fluid, Charger, Range
  Optional Equipment
  • Knee pads
  • Gloves
  • Full face helmet
  • Bike repair kit

Ages 9 - 11

Level 1
This program is a fun introduction to all aspects of cycling. Kids practice in a progressive learners area where they explore and learn with a friendly group of like-minded kids.

Key Goals
  • General introduction to biking
  • Learn correct body position and braking technique to improve control while riding
Prerequisites
  • None
PD/PA Days »
2 Lessons »
5 Lessons »

Level 2
This program is for kids who are comfortable riding on pavement and roads and are now looking to be challenged on grass and dirt! Kids will be introduced to all aspects of mountain biking including cross-country, enduro and downhill.

Key Goals
  • General introduction to biking
  • Learn correct body position and braking technique to improve control while riding
Prerequisites
Successful completion of Level 1 and / or is capable of the following:
  • Comfortable riding on pavement and roads
  • Able to ride straight down a gentle hill while controlling speed with hand brakes
PD/PA Days »
2 Lessons »
5 Lessons »

Level 3
This program is for kids who are able to control their speed and are ready for a new challenge on green terrain. 

Key Goals
  • Continue developing skills in cross country, enduro and downhill mountain biking
Prerequisites
Successful completion of Level 2 and / or is capable of the following:
  • Comfortable riding in gentle, off-road conditions
  • Able to handle small obstacles such as rocks, roots and bridges
  • Able to fully control speed
PD/PA Days »
2 Lessons »
5 Lessons »

Level 4
This program is for kids ready to develop a more aggressive riding technique on blue terrain.

Key Goals
  • Develop aggressive riding technique
  • Develop skill-based manoeuvres including front/rear wheel lifts, bunny hops, drops and jumps
  • Continue developing skills in cross-country, enduro and downhill mountain biking
Prerequisites
Successful completion of Level 3 and / or is capable of the following:
  • Confident riding on challenging off-road terrain at higher speeds
  • Able to remain in full control of speed
  • Open to new challenges on blue terrain
PD/PA Days »
2 Lessons »
5 Lessons »

If your child has progressed past Level 4, please visit our Academy page for season-long programs      Click here for more information »



PA/PD day camps run 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with before care starting at 7:30 a.m. and after care until 5:00 p.m.
All programs include lunch.

2 day programs are 3 hours. (4-5) All 2 day programs runs 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (6-8)

5 day program lessons are 120 minutes.
  Equipment Required
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Suitable mountain bike that you are comfortable pedaling up and down hill for 2+ hrs.
    This does not need to be a full suspension and rentals are available
    • Ex. Norco Sight, Fluid, Charger, Range
  Optional Equipment
  • Knee pads
  • Gloves
  • Full face helmet
  • Bike repair kit

 Discover 13+

Discover Mountain Bike
It's never too late to learn a new activity! This introductory mountain bike lesson is designed for those people who are ready to move from the paved pathways to off road single track terrain. Our instructors will teach you the skills needed to tackle the trails with confidence. This lesson focuses on the basics - setting up and using your equipment, the available terrain and the sport, and will increase your confidence as a "first timer". Discover Mountain Bike is undoubtedly an easier and more affordable way to learn a new sport. This program includes lesson & rentals.
Prerequisites
  • None
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Discover Downhill
This lesson is an introduction to downhill mountain biking using the lift accessible trails here at WinSport. Riders must be comfortable on off road single track trails and be looking to develop their skills. This lesson focuses on developing the basic skills of off-road riding and applying them to downhill biking. This program includes lesson & rentals.
Prerequisites
  • None
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All lessons are 2 hours.
  Equipment Required
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Suitable mountain bike that you are comfortable pedaling up and down hill for 2+ hrs.
    This does not need to be a full suspension and rentals are available
    • Ex. Norco Sight, Fluid, Charger, Range
  Optional Equipment
  • Knee pads
  • Gloves
  • Full face helmet
  • Bike repair kit

Ages 18+

Cross Country Level 1
This program is for adults who have never learned to ride a bike and are looking for a safe and structured learning environment. During the program, you will be using our extensive cross country trails to the east of the facility as well as our progressive learning area. When skill level allows, your instructor will start to introduce more challenging features such as wooden bridges and small jumps that you are likely to encounter on a typical cross country trail.
Prerequisites
  • None
5 Lessons »

Mountain Bike Level 1
This program is for adults who have never learned to ride a bike and are looking for a safe and structured learning environment. During this program, you will be introduced to all aspects of mountain biking including cross country, enduro and downhill. With our progressive learner’s area and extensive chairlift accessible trails, you will get the chance to explore and learn within a friendly and active group of likeminded adults.
Prerequisites
  • None
5 Lessons »

Cross Country Level 2
This program is for adults who are looking to be challenged on grass and dirt! You do not need an understanding of gears at this stage as it will be taught during the program.  During the program, you will be using our extensive cross country trails to the east of the facility as well as our progressive learning area. When skill level allows, your instructor will start to introduce more challenging features such as wooden bridges and small jumps that you are likely to encounter on a typical cross country trail.
Prerequisites
  • Comfortable riding on pavement
  • Able to control speed and use hand brakes
5 Lessons »

Mountain Bike Level 2
This program is for adults who are comfortable riding on pavements and roads and are now looking to be challenged on grass and dirt! You do not need an understanding of gears at this stage as it will be taught during the program. During this program, you will be introduced to all aspects of mountain biking including cross country, enduro and downhill. With our progressive learner’s area and extensive chairlift accessible trails, you will get the chance to explore and learn with a friendly and active group of likeminded adults.
Prerequisites
  • Comfortable riding on pavement
  • Able to control speed and use hand brakes

5 Lessons »

Cross Country Level 3
This program is for adults who are comfortable riding some gentle off-road conditions. During this program, you will be using our extensive cross country trails to the east of the facility as well as our progressive on site learning area. When skill level allows, your instructor will start to introduce more challenging features such as wooden bridges and small jumps that you are likely to encounter on a typical cross country trail.
Prerequisites
  • Can  handle small obstacles such as rocks, roots and bridges
  • Remain in full control of speed
  • Ready for new challenges on green terrain

5 Lessons »

Mountain Bike Level 3
This program is for adults who are comfortable riding some gentle off road conditions. They need to be able to handle small obstacles on a trail such as rocks, roots and bridges. During this program, you will be introduced to all aspects of mountain biking including cross country, enduro and downhill. With our progressive learner’s area and extensive chairlift accessible trails, you will get the chance to explore and learn with a friendly and active group of likeminded adults.
Prerequisites
  • Can handle small obstacles such as rocks, roots and bridges
  • Remain in full control of speed
  • Ready for new challenges on green terrain

5 Lessons »

Cross Country Level 4
This program will push you to develop a more aggressive riding technique by developing skill based maneuvers such as front/rear wheel lifts, bunny hops, drops and jumps. During this program, you will be using our extensive cross country trails to the east of the facility as well as our progressive on site learning area. When skill level allows, your instructor will start to introduce more challenging features such as wooden bridges and small jumps that you are likely to encounter on a typical cross country trail.
Prerequisites
  • Confident riding on challenging off-road terrain at higher speeds
  • Remain in full control of speed
  • Ready for new challenges on blue terrain

5 Lessons »

Mountain Bike Level 4
This program will push you to develop a more aggressive riding technique by developing skill based maneuvers such as front/rear wheel lifts, bunny hops, drops and jumps. During this program, you will be introduced to all aspects of mountain biking including cross country, enduro and downhill. With our progressive learner’s area and extensive chairlift accessible trails, you will get the chance to explore and learn within a friendly and active group of likeminded adults.
Prerequisites
  • Confident riding on challenging off-road terrain at higher speeds
  • Remain in full control of speed
  • Ready for new challenges on blue terrain

5 Lessons »

All lessons are 2 hours.
  Equipment Required
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Suitable mountain bike that you are comfortable pedaling up and down hill for 2+ hrs.
    This does not need to be a full suspension and rentals are available
    • Ex. Norco Sight, Fluid, Charger, Range
  Optional Equipment
  • Knee pads
  • Gloves
  • Full face helmet
  • Bike repair kit

Women 18+

Level 1
This program is for women who have never learned to ride a bike and are looking for a safe and structured learning environment. During this program, you will be introduced to all aspects of mountain biking including cross country, enduro and downhill. With our progressive learner’s area and extensive chairlift accessible trails, you will get the chance to explore and learn within a friendly and active group of likeminded adults.
Prerequisites
  • None
5 Lessons »

Level 2
This program is for women who are comfortable riding on pavements and roads and are now looking to be challenged on grass and dirt! You do not need an understanding of gears at this stage as it will be taught during the program. During this program, you will be introduced to all aspects of mountain biking including cross country, enduro and downhill. With our progressive learner’s area and extensive chairlift accessible trails, you will get the chance to explore and learn with a friendly and active group of likeminded women.
Prerequisites
  • Comfortable riding on pavement
  • Able to control speed and use hand brakes

5 Lessons »

Level 3
This program is for women who are comfortable riding some gentle off road conditions. They need to be able to handle small obstacles on a trail such as rocks, roots and bridges. During this program, you will be introduced to all aspects of mountain biking including cross country, enduro and downhill. With our progressive learner’s area and extensive chairlift accessible trails, you will get the chance to explore and learn with a friendly and active group of likeminded women.
Prerequisites
  • Can  handle small obstacles such as rocks, roots and bridges
  • Remain in full control of speed
  • Ready for new challenges on green terrain

5 Lessons »

Level 4
This program will push you to develop a more aggressive riding technique by developing skill based maneuvers such as front/rear wheel lifts, bunny hops, drops and jumps. During this program, you will be introduced to all aspects of mountain biking including cross country, enduro and downhill. With our progressive learner’s area and extensive chairlift accessible trails, you will get the chance to explore and learn within a friendly and active group of likeminded women.
Prerequisites
  • Confident riding on challenging off-road terrain at higher speeds
  • Remain in full control of speed
  • Ready for new challenges on blue terrain

5 Lessons »

All lessons are 2 hours.   Equipment Required
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Suitable mountain bike that you are comfortable pedaling up and down hill for 2+ hrs.
    This does not need to be a full suspension and rentals are available
    • Ex. Norco Sight, Fluid, Charger, Range
  Optional Equipment
  • Knee pads
  • Gloves
  • Full face helmet
  • Bike repair kit