Monday, December 27, 2010

Where did your mountain bike take you in 2010?

Go to our Facebook page and let us know with a photo and short caption.

"My Trek Remedy took me to North Vancouver's North Shore on a fine late-August afternoon."
Big Mountain owner Chris Winter.
A group of riders basking in a fine flarial of light on Mt. Fromme.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ride Canada's National Parks & the world's biggest beaver dam

Parks Canada is considering supporting mountain bikers in their hallowed lands. This is good news for us. Have you got 5 minutes? Take their survey HERE. Who knows? We might even get to see the worlds biggest beaver dam that was spotted by a researcher looking at satellite images for beaver dams. Yes, people do this.
Did you know that a beaver can chop down 200 trees a year? Chop chop.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010



'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the shed,
Not a bike was stirring, not even 'ol Big Red;
The chamois were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that just a little holiday ride would pretty please be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of dirt jumps danced through their heads;
And mamma in her helmet, and I in my tights,
Had just settled our singletrack brains and turned out the lights,—
When out in the yard there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
I opened the door and what i saw i didn't like,
Santa tying up 'ol Rudolph and taking off on my downhill bike.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Snowstorms slashing the east...two words: Pura Vida

That's right, downhilling in Costa Rica. Lock it in now before the holidays. Lorraine Blancher and Paulo Valle will be waiting for you at the San Jose Costa Rica airport ready to whisk you away on a worldclass big bike trip that you'll never forget. Could there be better people to be your host? Paulo, Costa Rica local: genuine, warm, sincere, master trail builder, strongest rider on earth, great person.  Lorraine, BC pro mountain biker: patient, super fun, loves to ride a mountain bike, master coach, ultra talented rider. 9 days, 8 nights, departures: Feb 18 and Feb 26.
Size XL. Don't stress, this is not Costa Rica. Regardless, she'll teach you a few things about riding bikes...

Photo: Sven Martin.

Friday, December 10, 2010

ski stoke

Some of you have seen this already. That's OK. For those of you who haven't, clear your head from the day's clutter, sit back and press play. Skiing is like mountain biking - you look ahead while your bike and body absorb and move over the landscape, you stand on your pedals like you stand on your skis - carving with your weight over the outside pedal, relaxed and focused, moving downhill with gravity as your co-pilot...

Thursday, December 09, 2010

BM Photo Contest: VOTE NOW!

Hey folks, go to our Facebook page and vote on seven entries in the final category of the BM Photo Contest...MOVEMENT! Here's a sample from Wawa Ontario's Matt Trudeau on our Swiss Alpenrock DH trip. Sweet shot Matt!
Toast and jam and coffee too. Early morning shreddies in Zermatt.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

IMBA interview: BM owner Chris Winter

Monday, December 06, 2010


Top ten reasons to book your next trip with us in 2011.

1.    Our leaders are simply the best available in each region; they’re former Olympians, professional mountain bikers and consummate, passionate professionals…and the kind of people that you’ll want to sit beside at dinner.
2.    We know mountain biking like the back of our hand and we’ll recommend the right trip for you.
3.    What’s the weather like at Machu Picchu? What tires are best for the Dolomites? We know each destination intimately.
4.    We’ll pick you up at the airport and drop you off at the end of your trip and in between you can ride as much, or as little, as you want.
5.    Rest assured, safety is our top priority. Need some riding tips? Our guides will be happy to help.
6.    Our office staff is professional. Book a trip with us and you’ll see, we run a tight ship.
7.    Our pre-trip assistance is comprehensive. We’ll help you book flights, find the best insurance, book extra hotels nights and make sure that you are well prepared for the adventure ahead.
8.    Expect small groups and great results on all of our departures. Looking for a custom trip? Let us know.
9.    We love to ride but also appreciate the culture, great food and sights. Expect to come home enriched.
10. We’ve done the research; we work with the local riders and will take you to the best riding that’s most often not on any map.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Facebook photo contest: voting has begun!

Do you like beautiful images as much as we do? If so, take two secs and click on over to our Facebook page and vote for your favorite image in the "PLACES" catagory by simply "liking" the one that you like most!
Click HERE to head over to our FB page.

Friday, November 26, 2010

today in central Chile

Unloading bikes at Volcan Villarrica...getting ready for a flowy descent called El Classico.

Andreas Hestler railing a berm deep in the forest.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bike Gangs & the MTB Hall of Fame

This past September in a packed room of great people who ride bikes at the Sands Convention Center off the dripping Las Vegas strip three guys from Kamloops BC were inducted into the MTB Hall of Fame: Wade Simmons, Richie Schley and Brett Tippie - the Rocky Mountain "Froriders." Our friend Leslie Anthony sums up the whole ordeal in Whistler's local rag, The Pique. Read it here.
Mr. Simmons, Hall of Famer, post Pet Cemetery trail in Switzerland on our Alpenrock DH trip.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The BIGGEST mountains on the planet?

Oh, that's right, the biggest. The Himalaya. This photo just arrived from the Tibetan Plateau, a zone called Mustang. In the words of our guide, "This season we have been exploring every little trail in Upper Mustang in Nepal on foot, horse and bikes in order to run out of the world bike trips in the Tibetan Plateau in the future." Sounds very enticing indeed. We're going to Nepal next October on our Himalayan Heights trip, dates and details are still being worked out but coming very soon...shall we ride the Mustang together?

Ride the Mustang in Nepal.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Scoping for lines in China...

Big Mountain guide Stephen Matthews is in China this week on a tourism-sponsored event meeting with potential partners and scoping for singletrack for a possible future trip. This is what he had to say yesterday...

"Today marked the end of the Go China Summit, and I am now in Shanghai in yet another 5-star platinum hotel room, relaxing in a robe after a salted bath hahaha. The accommodations for this conference were beyond top notch...nicest places I've ever seen, let alone stayed in. The New City Garden in Suzhou was the toilet talked to me and had a heated seat, and heated water too. This was a pretty big deal...put on by the gov't and all. I've been eating at massive dinners put on by very important people, and have been served 10-15 dishes at each one! We've been escorted around the province of Jiangsu by police, surpassing all traffic laws like we're some sort of royalty. I could go on and's unbelievable!"
The New City Garden in all it's glory.
Stephen's talking toilet that features hot water to wash your turd down.
Another very big city with a name that you've never heard of.
Will Big Mountain be offering one of it's worldclass trips in China in the near future? We'll see. Check back here again soon for updates from Mr. Matthews and his adventures in the far east...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

doin' the bike dance

This brings back memories of bmx riding in the flat lands of Ontario as a kid. Not much to do but build the odd wooden booter and climb around the bike. I could give this guy a run for his money, well, maybe not - he's pretty good...

Cool Freestyle Tricks On Lame Bike - Watch more Funny Videos

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Brand new New Zealand

I've spent a considerable amount of time in this far away land, actually with my skis in tow. When I think of my favorite times in this life that I've lived, I can help but be transported back to NZ and it's outerworldy landscapes and very gracious and adventurous people. I fell in love in, and with, New Zealand and I've longed to return ever since i left. The winters were cold though - not bitter like Montreal or Moscow, but a damp-chilly like Bellingham or Belfast. I am looking forward to getting off the plane in Queenstown to summertime and it's stunning setting on March 1, 2011 on our Silver Fern all-mountain trip. It better be summer, or else! From the boys at Anthill Films, a clip with Gee Atherton and Steve Smith. Killer riding. NZ...see you soon!

Follow Me - Behind the Scenes New Zealand from Anthill Films on Vimeo.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Would you ride with Swiss Power Rangers?

Guides Stephen Matthews and Wade Simmons: ready for anything.
Check out this feature story on PINKBIKE.COM on our Swiss Alpenrock DH trip. Hmmmm, Swiss singletrack...

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Lorraine Blancher to co-guide Costa DH trip

We're pumped. Just confirmed: Professional mountain biker and coach Lorraine Blancher will be co-guiding our Pura Vida DH trips this winter in Costa Rica with local legend Paulo Valle. Lorraine is one of the most talented ladies on a big bike, has an infectious passion for riding and is a top coach. Want to improve your riding while exploring Costa Rica with new friends? Check out some great images and more details on PINKBIKE.
After a long ride in the desert there wasn't much left of her bike. Photo: STUND

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Monteviasco Italia: by Marco Toniolo

Watch this refreshing video with some historical background of the town, the trail and it's inhabitants. Mmmm, Italy. Bela. We're working on a new Italy trip. Keep your eyes peeled here. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

1st Annual Big Mountain Photo Contest!

You know how much we love great photography. Now it’s your turn to show us how you see the world.  This is an opportunity to share your mountain bike experiences and win some great prizes. To help inspire you, we’ve created three categories that capture the true spirit of mountain bike adventure.

FACES: our crazy Swiss friend Francois
Faces: The local coach that patiently taught you how to corner like a champ; your trusted Costa Rican guide that led you deep into the jungle; your 10 year-old daughter on her new mountain bike; a friend’s reaction of sheer bliss on a rainy and muddy afternoon of riding…those around us who love to ride mountain bikes. Let’s see them!

PLACES: loading bikes in Marrakech
Places: lunch at a Swiss chalet with the Matterhorn in the background; diving into a BC lake after a big ride in the Kootenays; riding Moab at sunset; the soaring peaks of the Colorado Rockies; riding through fall colours in Quebec…the world is a beautiful place.

MOVEMENT: Yoshi, Squamish BC.

 Movement: mountain biking is about movement, This  category showcases what we do best – action!

Prizes: besides eternal bragging rights, for each category we’re giving away Smith Optics’ Pivlock V90 for best shot, Dakine Apex pack for 2nd place and a copy of Anthill’s Follow Me for 3rd. Each winner gets a Big Mountain t-shirt too.

How to enter: send your image (s) HERE and write “Contest” in the subject line.  In the body of the email tell us the category that you want to enter and your name, where you’re from and a few words   about the photo.

How the winner is chosen: we’ll be posting your photo on the Big Mountain Facebook page in the next few weeks and it’ll be voted on with “likes” from the fans. Simple. Not a member of our Facebook page yet? JOIN NOW!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Disco Man seen at SSWC in New Zealand last week

I don't ride a singlespeed but i must admit i like the thought of such a simple machine to throw my leg over and ride trails on. Then i peruse the antics at the Single Speed World Championships that were last week-end in Rotorua New Zealand and i'm even more intrigued by the single speed world...I love getting dressed up and riding mountain bikes. Check out this guy's's party time!
Oh hey. We're going to New Zealand on March 1, 2011 for our annual 12-day Silver Fern trip. Want to ride Rotorua singletrack too? Come join us!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sound of that snow falling outside?

You're dreaming. It's wintertime and snowing hard. Check out this Salomon Freeski TV piece with it's closeup shots and night-time time lapses...and start dreaming of moving down the mountains on snow...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Forecast: rain. Think Costa Rica.

Fall is here. It's official. Here's the forecast for our home base, Vancouver: very moist.

Here's what it looks like:

We've got spots open on our two Pura Vida DH trips meeting in San Jose on Feb 18 and Feb 26. Make fall more bearable with a tropical mountain bike trip to look forward to...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mountain Biking Australia covers our BC trip

This summer we organized a private woman's-only media trip for Specialized Bicycles as they launched a new line of ladies mountain bikes. The group flew from Whistler to a remote lake where we camped, then the next day we rode to another lake where our gear was flown to and where we camped again and then rode out to civilization the next day. Many rivers were crossed, passes climbed and descended...forest fires dodged, a few mosquitos and a whole bunch of sweet singletrack was ridden. What a trip! Here's one of the stories that's hit the press. We even got the cover shot!

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Want to ride what's beyond Whistler with us next summer? Come check out our Sea to Sky all-mountain trip.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What is epic?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cheese, chocolate & singletrack...

Did you know that the Swiss make entire meals out of cheese & chocolate? It's true. Did you also know that Switzerland has over 60,000 km of singletrack? Hmmm, cheese, chocolate & singletrack...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ride of the long white cloud.

Did you know that the Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa which means land of the long white cloud? Me neither. One of my absolute favorite aspects of travel is the planning, researching and dreaming process. I eat it up, all of it - landscape, culture, statistics, weather, economy, name it, i want to know before the plane touches down. Today, i learnt a few neat things about NZ on Wiki: NZ is notable for its geographic isolation. It's situated about 2000 km south-east of Australia and it's closest neighbours are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. During its long isolation it developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds a number of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and the mammals that they introduced. One such bird is the moa which was hunted to extinction by the Maori. The reason that the South Island is nearly treeless is that the Maori set the forest on fire to hunt the moa.

Hey enough about flightless birds...why don't you just come on down to NZ with us March 1, 2011 on our new 12-day Silver Fern trip? It's going to be fun...

Pretty crazy that this big 'ol bird roamed New Zealand not long ago.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dirty tales from Maroc

We just wrapped up another stellar private trip in Morocco's High Atlas mountains. These photos are courtesy of Stephane from Switzerland and are a good depiction of what to expect on our Dirt Merchant trip. Of all our trips, Morocco can cater to a wide range of riders and tastes - from intermediate to professional, XC to ALL-MTN to DH, ultra luxury to ultra adventurous - we can make it happen. If you and your riding crew are thinking of mixing up next spring's annual trip to the desert, you should get in touch with us and seriously consider Morocco.  Our scheduled dates are April 10-19, 2011 but we can always organize a private trip if you'd like. See you in Marrakech!

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

BM guide in Bike Magazine's BUZZ

Stephen Matthews, who co-guided our Swiss Alpenrock DH trips with Joe Schwartz and Wade Simmons this summer, is in the latest Bike Magazine. You'll see him railing a dreamy patch of long grass near Calgary, Alberta in the late afternoon sun. Congrats Stephen!
The Nov issue of Bike.
When im asked to go to a happy place where everything is perfect...i go to a place that looks like this.

Photo: Reuben Krabbe

Friday, October 08, 2010

Front lines report from Peru, Unforgettable Andes trip

Peruvian guide and partner Wayo just sent this email from Ollantaytambo, on our Unforgettable Andes trip: "Everything is going really well on this trip! Some serious characters in the group and they are having the best time on their bikes. Good riders too. Today the group is in Machu Picchu. Yesterday we went to Huchuy Cusco and it was an awesome day. The group is very happy and are starting to say, "best trip of my life." Every year this trip gets better, like wine!" Looking at these photos, it sure is drier than our spring departures. But look at the terrain...some of the trails are like a pump track, bmx track and A-line trail at the Whistler Bike Park - combined...and that go on for 50+ km. Seriously!

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Downhill Wurbauerkogel circa 1992!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 features our African safari trip

We're elated that The Huffington Post, a well-respected and progressive American news website covered our Rhythm of Africa mountain bike safari yesterday. "Big Mountain Bike Adventures guides you on this incredible mountain bike journey through some of Africa’s top wild game parks. Combining easy-to-moderate biking with exceptional game viewing and beautiful wilderness camps offers a very unique take on the traditional African safari. This trip will combine park access in both South Africa and Botswana." Thanks Huffington Post. Indeed, this trip is a must do for all mountain bikers. What to know more...get in touch with us and we can give you the scoop.

Monday, October 04, 2010

this afternoon in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco

Oh how i wish i was in Morocco right now. It's sunny and warm and the trails are oh-so-super-fun. And then there's the clash of unique cultures, the epic accommodation, great food and very cool atmosphere. We'll have next year's Dirt Merchant XC trip details posted very soon. We do know that the next trip is April 10-19, 2011.

I travelled up this road, and I travelled down that,
What have I to show for it? Nothing flat.
All I brought were slippers which I took off and left by the door.
A silly calf ate them, soles and all.
Moroccan saying                                                                                             

Moroccan traffic jam: encountering a Berber on his way home with supplies.
Nancy mid-climb. Check out that singletrack on the left...sweet!

honey, can i go riding?

 I think that we've all had glimpses of this conversation...except perhaps "how about you take your bike and go f*ck that." ahh, life and get out and ride!!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Earlier today near Lima, Peru...

Word just came in from our Peruvian partner and guide extraordinaire Wayo on day one of our Unforgettable Andes trip: "Hola Chris, Nat. First day of riding and the group's minds are blown away already. Was a good day, cought traffic to get out of Lima because the elections but we went on time. Finished our ride on the "playground" making some jumps. Group is doing very well! Tomorrow Olleros..."
Reading this I cannot help but reminice of my last time riding with Wayo in the Andes, a trip that i won't forget. I remember the first day on the bike on this trip - you've arrived in Lima the night before, a little tired, a little scattered in a big South American metropolis. The next day you drive out of the city in crazy traffic for the first ride, not really sure of what you're getting into. Then you get rolling on creamy singletrack in a surreal arid landscape followed by cold beers and laughs with new friends. Little do you know that this is just a slice of what's to come...the riding on this trip ramps up...and by day two you realize that you've never ridden such great trails, ever! Then each one trumps the other until your in a drunken daze of best rides ever...

Unloading the van for the first ride.
"Sun's setting quick, we'd better keep riding..."
Fuel for a big day ahead. The cuisine in Peru was surprisingly tasty.

Good wine & great singletrack

We mountain bikers are known to enjoy our post ride ales. In certain circles quality beer at the end of the ride is just as important as the singletrack ridden and it seems that everyone I meet is a burgeoning beer sommelier. I like beer too, but can a mountain biker drink wine and still be cool? Our Swiss all-mountain Cloudraker and downhill Alpenrock DH trips take place in the canton of Valais, which happens to be one of Switzerland's main wine producers. It's a spectacular region with sweeping vineyards that go from the shores of Lake Geneva up the mountainsides, and from the Rhone Valley up the steep slopes of the Alps. I can't think of another place in the world where you can descend 6000 feet of blissfull singletrack or ride 50 kms of unreal all-mountain trails that end in vineyards.
Last summer on a private trip, after a day of downhilling at the Crans Montana bike park we rolled down the long last descent of the day and stopped off at wine producers' "cave" for a tour of their production and a wine tasting, and then continued the last bit of riding down to Sierre and our hotel in the setting sun. What a great way to wrap up a day of riding. Ah, the good life...
Want to drink wine and ride your mountain bike in the Swiss Alps too? Get in touch with us and we'll make it happen.
Hmmmm, wine.
Descending down to the Rhone Valley post wine tasting. Eyes on the trail. Focus...

Photos: Taylor Holland. Thanks to the Holland family for a great trip!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bikes, lights & desert heat...Vegas...

Last week was the Interbike show in Vegas where the North American bike scene meets up annually. The main purpose of the event is to showcase next year's cool bike stuff; retailers place orders, shake some hands, bro down - you name it, it was there. I'm sorry to say that i didn't take one single photo from the event which upon retrospect was lame. I connected with lots of friends who work in the bike industry and met some great people. Actually, there's one photo in here from the show - of Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie and Richey Schley getting inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. You'll recognize them from the fros...remember the Fro Riders?? Then you step out into the hot desert air and get swept up in the lights and action of the other world that is the sad world of the Vegas strip...

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

old school

There's something cool about old black and white photographs from the 50's of stylee people and their bikes.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Trim the fat

This video rules. The only word spoken is "whoooo" and there's no music needed. Rumour has it that this trail is in Revelstoke. It's in BC for sure. Who cares really? That's the beauty of it. It's straight up riding goodtimes with some innovative shots by Freeride Entertainment and solid riding by Matt Hunter.

Matt Hunter Descends 5000 feet of singletrack from on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


woke up this morning to a steady drizzle and intermittent showers off the Pacific. ride was planned for 9am, no worries though, it's Saturday. pour a fresh cup of strong coffee from my french press, go for a walk with the baby and see what the day will bring. 11 am text comes in, "it's clearing, let's go." drive across the bridge and the showers return, start the climb in the rain. bummer, but im on my bike so im happy. the forest is beautiful, full of mist and soul. the rain stops and the roots are greasy like bacon grease. pop out of the forest into bright sunshine. great ride, great friends...riding rules!


Joe and Jonny, top of the climb.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jordan Manley

I just went for a great ride on the North Shore's Dark Side trails with the very talented man behind the lens, Jordan Manley. Do you like photography as much as i do? Jordan has talent, and man can he ride a bike too - he's like a sword-wielding ninja attacking the forest with me chasing him down the mountain! Check out this slideshow of his that appeared in the 2009 Pro Photographer Showdown:

And while we're at it, sit back and enjoy this little ski travel doc created by Jordan.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The one?

Could you answer the question "what was your best ride of all time?" Is it possible to accurately respond? Was it the group that you were with? The fresh bike between your legs? The epic location? Or the conditions perhaps? Tough call eh? It must be a combination of all these things and more, the perfect storm of mountain biking good times. It's like skiing, where numerous times over a season you nail a morning, or a perfect powder line in the trees and catch yourself saying to someone..."that was the best day ever!"
A ride that sticks out for me in recent years and has to be one of the best...if not the a ride i did in Peru with Wayo Stein and a group of animals from BC in April 2009. This one was mostly downhill, 56 kms long, with sections of the juiciest singletrack you could imagine. It was a burly approach, a way to long, way to crazy road in the Andes, but of so very worth it. I will go back and ride this trail again. OMG! Trust me on this one. Anyway, here's a photo of some of the crew that day nearing the shores of the Pacific and the end of the ride. Soon after this photo was taken i took a pretty big header too....I was punched!

YT & AK: that's a wrap!

A big thanks to the group who joined us on our first official Midnight Sun trip recently in the Yukon Territory and Alaska. From all reports and looking at the was a total success despite some fiesty fall weather. And more thanks to guides Ray Warner and Devo, the owner of Icycle Sports in Whitehorse, for leading the group up and down the mountains and across the landscape...cheers!!
Stay tuned for next year's dates and details...
 Top of the world!
Fall colours...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Silver Fern: a New Zealand road trip

11 nights & 12 days. What can be packed into this limited time? In the country of New Zealand as it turns out, a whole lot. This new trip promises to ride a good chunk of NZ, undoubtedly one of the planet's most beautiful places. From the rugged, high snowy peaks of the Southern Alps, to the Canterbury Plains and seaside singletrack near Christchurch, to beautiful Nelson, then over to the capital Wellington and it's rolling green hills, to Lake Taupo's geothermal landscape of volcanos, to Rotorua's vibrant Maori culture and lush old-growth singletrack and finally into Auckland for final night festivities and the flight home. A road trip from one end to the other, are you in? It's XC with a little all-mountain sprinkled in and in the heart of the southern summertime. Silver Fern, come join us next March!
photo: Derek Frankowski

Thursday, September 09, 2010

This week on the front lines, Midnight Sun...Yukon Territory & Alaska

Internet has been sporadic at best on our Midnight Sun trip, but guide Ray Warner has squeaked out a few update images from the high north...
 The group approaching the Samuel Glacier.
 Setting sun in Kluane National sky at night, mountain bikers delight...

Sunday, September 05, 2010

What's in the bag?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Yukon and Alaska week

This year's highly anticipated Midnight Sun trip starts this Sunday in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Missed this year's trip? Here are some pics to get you dreaming about joining us next year in the pristine and beautiful high north with great fall colours....

Lifecycles teaser...whoa!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

in the driver's seat at crankworx slopestyle

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fresh Swiss vid from Joe

Join Joe this summer mountain biking in the Alps!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Smith Optics

Did you know that Ketchum, Idaho based Smith Optics has a complete line of shades and goggles dedicated to mountain biking? Yes, that's right. Not road biking or moto goggles or urban eyewear but stylee eye protection designed for those who ride mountain bikes. And we're pumped here at Big Mountain because our guides are rolling with Smith. Next time you're in your favorite bike shop grab a pair and slide them on, you'll see why - feather light, super visuals and with the style that you'd expect from Smith.

Above, the Pivlock V90 that comes with three sets of lenses which you can change in a matter of seconds. A great choice for riding bikes.

A few spots left...Yukon & Alaska Sept 5-11!

A quick flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and one of the planet's premiere adventure capitals. After a hot summer of riding at home, why not join us on this fantastic cross-country adventure in Canada's north? Highlights of our Midnight Sun trip? Sweet Whitehorse singletrack, a mind-blowing Kluane National Park ride, ferry from Haines to Skagway Alaska and great riding in the sleepy hamlet of Carcross...and beautiful views the whole time. Your guide is Yukon legend Ray Warner who will uncover the myths and show you the best trails in the area. Get in touch with us today!

Still not convinced? Watch this slideshow....and this video...

Monday, July 12, 2010

out of the shadows

if you're a skier you can't help but sit up and shift a little when you watch this ripping teaser. i know it's summer, where riding as much as possible and most of the northern hemisphere is in a heat wave but it's nice to get a taste of pointing it down a big snowy mountain. nice work from a group of relatively unknown skiers from BC, impressive skiing and cinematography. can't wait to see the whole flick.

MacAskill and his sticky meat in Chamonix

Always a pleasure to watch MacAskill ride his bike...he sees a landscape with a different set of eyes. I'm not sure that he needs the Alps as a backdrop to spruce up the shoot.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Joe update

Wondering what Joe's up to these days? This just in...

I hope everyone's summer is off to a great start! I have been super pinned since I finished school off for the year. My Bike mag feature trip to Burns Lake was really fun, look for the story 
in a future Bike. I've been working with a couple photographers this season so far, and produced some sweet shots with Jordan Manley on the Shore, and Colin Meagher near Mt St Helens. I just wrapped up my sold-out Joe Schwartz Bike Camp in Calgary, where I rode with a bunch of stoked kids for the week. I am up in Whistler for the next three weeks, coaching Summer Gravity 
Camps. I also have a couple planned photo shoots while I am up there. After Whistler I head straight to Switzerland to run two downhill trips for Big Mountain Bike Adventures. I have a few spaces on my first trip (Aug 5-13) if anyone knows someone who has a little extra time and money on 
their hands! I have been posting a bunch of Regular Joe travel stories, photos and 
videos on my Regular Joe blog, so check that out! I have been shooting a lot with my GoPro cam this season, it has been fun to cut some videos. Expect to see a lot more as the summer shifts into an 
even higher gear! Have fun out there!  Joe