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A Mountain Biker's Guide to the Crowsnest Pass

Blog by john redekopp | May 2nd, 2018

Bring on the THAW. As temperatures rise, the urge to get out on the dirt is becoming unbearable for some. After a snowy and tedious winter in the Pass, the United Riders of Crowsnest Pass members, among others, cannot wait for the 2018 riding season. Crowsnest Pass is home to over 80 KM of single track - now that is a lot of riding! If you have not been to Southern Alberta yet,  you are missing out.

photo by Dustin Leclerc   https://roadtonowherephotography.smugmug.com   

United Rider of Crowsnest Pass (UROC)

UROC was formed to create trails and promote mountain biking in the beautiful mountainous Crowsnest Pass. The club aims to encourage participation and promote responsible mountain biking practices, develop and maintain a sustainable mountain biking trail system through volunteer participation, support youth education and safety in biking, and represent the local biking community in the planning and management of recreational land. The United Riders of Crowsnest believe that good stewardship starts with the users of the trail system.


UROC volunteers have contributed over 5,000 hours of field labour to trail construction and maintenance primarily at the Pass Powderkeg area. Without the hard work of these volunteers, the trail system would be nowhere near the quality they are today.

Why get a UROC membership?

  • Cost of machine built trail $10,000-$15,000 per kilometre

  • Average trail project $60,000-$100,000

  • Thousands of hours of volunteer work

  • Hardworking volunteer board of directors chasing grant money, organizing events and building super fun trail

  • Helps to turn Crowsnest Pass into a riding destination

  • You can ride anytime you want, as much as you want and without a pass – you can't buy a half day lift ticket for $25.00


Where to ride

The Crowsnest Pass trail system was one of the first trail networks to appear on Trailforks. If you have ridden in the pass, you'll find the trails well marked and easy to find on Trailforks or Strava. To view more trails via Trailforks visit: http://www.uroc.ca/trails.php


Turn your skis in, dust off your mountain bike, and hit the trail system on Pass Powderkeg this spring/summer. With 80+ KM of trails, a bike skills park, there is something for everyone! If you don’t have a lot of time and would like to ride a fun route, I would suggest starting at the skills park. Ride Little Shred Riding Hood to Double Dirt Spresso to Chainsaw Massacre which ends up at the top of the ski hill and then down Buck 50 which will take you back to the skills park. Whatever you choose to ride, remember to have fun!


Popular Crowsnest Pass Mountain Bike Trails:


School of Rock | York Creek

Chainsaw Massacre | Pass Powderkeg

Whistling Post | York Creek

Berma-Grin | Pass Powderkeg

Skills Park

The bike skills park built by Hoots Inc. includes beginner and intermediate jumps along with a big jump line for more advanced riders. Also included in the park is a drop zone, pump track and a variety of skills features, boasting a 170 ft log and rock ride. The park is operated by the Municipality and there is no charge for the use of the park. As a bonus, the trailhead for the Pass Powderkeg mountain biking trail network is located at the southeast end of the skills park - so you can go for a ride, and then practice your skills, all within a few hours!


This park is the perfect place to leave your kids (with supervision, of course) so you can take a quick hot lap on Jiffy pop, Double Dirt- Expresso, Chainsaw massacre, and Buck 50. Buck 50 is one of the newest trials to the network and is a flowy, fast descent with optional stunts.



Upcoming Mountain Bike events:

Movie night:


When: Fri, May 4, 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Where: Polish Hall, 1406 82 St, Coleman, AB (map)

Description: don't miss the UROC's opening social event of the year. Always a good turnout - catch up with friends and get the latest on what's happening in the mountain biking community. Doors open at 6:30 pm; movie at 7:30 pm.  Refreshments. Membership, t-shirts and hats, raffle ticket sales.Door prizes and live auction.

Tickets: $5, children 5 and under free.

Rumhead Bike Festival and Enduro:


When: June 23-24th

Where: Pass Powderkeg

Description: An amazing weekend for all mountain bikers, that you must not miss. Kick back, ride some trails, meet the Crowsnest Pass mountain bike community on Saturday, and on Sunday - watch the pros race to the finish line!


For more details: https://www.canadianenduro.com/crowsnest



If you have more bike-related questions, pop into the local bike shop; Alpenland located on Main Street in Blairmore.