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    Nelson riding for the intermediate

    Coming from Fernie, intermediate rider. What will Nelson be like for me? Have 100mm XC bike. Looking to visit for 6 days.

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    Honestly - its pretty limited. Rossland, New Denver have quite a lot more options. Nelson is pretty full on
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    I had heard that, but the guy I spoke with at one of the bike shops said that there are lots of options?? The hostel looks so much nicer in Nelson than in Rossland too.

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    any thoughts on Revelstoke?

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    I would agree with Lee. The best XC riding in Nelson is in Rossland. Check here for trail info: Rossland Trails: KCTS HOME New Denver and Revelstoke even better!


    When are you planning to ride? Higher elevation rides in the Kootenays are just clearing of snow and probably won't be ridable till early July. The mid elevation trails in New Denver are ridable but the higher ones are still snow covered. MacPherson trails in Revelstoke sould be open but any of the alpine rides that Revy is known for (like Frisbey Ridge and Keystone Standard Basin) might not be in condition till August. You can check with www.flowt.org/ for more up to date trail conditions in Revy.
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    Planning the trip in Mid August so not worried there. Have you been Fernie? (for comparison sake)

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    I've been to Fernie 10 years ago. I remembered Dem Bones (for example) as being pretty intermediate but fun.

    Revelstoke has pretty awesome riding. IMO the best selection of trails in a tight network in the Columbia region (but I haven't been to Fernie in a long while)..
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    I really like Fernie riding and usually make a few trips a year there. things like slunt, verboten, hyper ventilation/extension are the types of trails I enjoy riding there. as previously mentioned, Nelson is full on. I find the Nelson blue square trails considerably harder than Fernie black diamonds and really a bit much for me to feel comfortable without some extra pads on. I ride a 6x6 all mountain bike.
    the smallwood area near Nelson had some nice xc trails
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    thanks for the comparisons everyone. We did watch a few videos and found there were a lot of stunts, but most you seemed to be able to ride around.

    Emzed the trails you mention in Fernie are ones I find a challenge, not great for my Nelson prospects.

    How far away is Smallwood from Nelson?

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    Definitely leaning towards Rossland now. Revelstoke is almost 2hrs further away for us. The seven summits ride looks great!

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    I live in Fernie as well, as everyone mentioned Rossland is much more xc/Fernie-like. Nelson does have a couple of slightly xc-ish rides and are apparently working on more but they are tougher than almost anything around here (picture Slunt with granite faces). Bare minimum travel requirement is around 130mm rear, 150 front with a bashguard, flat pedals and 2.25+ tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleopatra999 View Post
    Definitely leaning towards Rossland now. Revelstoke is almost 2hrs further away for us. The seven summits ride looks great!
    If you're driving that extra 2 hours won't amount to much over 6 days of vacation. The bigger variable around Revelstoke is how much rain is in the forecast for the 6 days you're planning. When it rains there in the summer, it can really rain hard.

    There'd be a case to be made for making the longer trip to Squamish if you wanted to enjoy 6 days of riding on trails that are 4" travel friendly. A long day on the road each way (13hrs). Being closer to sea level would turbocharge the riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    If you're driving that extra 2 hours won't amount to much over 6 days of vacation. The bigger variable around Revelstoke is how much rain is in the forecast for the 6 days you're planning. When it rains there in the summer, it can really rain hard.

    There'd be a case to be made for making the longer trip to Squamish if you wanted to enjoy 6 days of riding on trails that are 4" travel friendly. A long day on the road each way (13hrs). Being closer to sea level would turbocharge the riding.
    My SO drives for work every day, so spending an extra couple hours driving is a big deal for him. Plus we are in Edmonton (6hrs away) the weekend before. Lots of driving is just not our cup of tea, unless we really have a lot of time. We will be leaving after work on the one day as well, so closer is better for maximizing time.

    I will definitely put Revelstoke on the list for another time though, it sounds great!! I think we will have lots of options for Rossland!

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    Any idea whether 7 Summits will be largely snow free Jun 23 weekend?

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    I'd call Revolution Cycles in Rossland to confirm trail conditions.

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    I would be surprised if it is considering the weather through the kootenays has not been great. The highest point on that trail is around 2200m. Here in Fernie there is definitely snow at those altitudes. There was a big snow fall just a week and a half ago at altitude all through the Kootenays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alxj View Post
    Any idea whether 7 Summits will be largely snow free Jun 23 weekend?
    Most definately not snow free.

    The snow melt is really slow this year. I wouldn't be surprised to see a decent amount of snow on the trail on the July 23rd.
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    Snow on Seven Summits

    Last year Seven Summits opened in mid July and there was still snow on it. There's probably more snow this year, so it's very doubtful that biking it in June is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleopatra999 View Post
    How far away is Smallwood from Nelson?
    Smallwood is just down the road in Beasley...easy to find, and on the Nelson map avail in the shops. great XC stuff with really new trails. Pretty sure it is mostly (if not all) open as of now

    good for a day though, not 6

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