Fall is a marvelous time of year for mountain bikers… summer crowds have disappeared, changing leaves provide breathtaking views, and traction is returning to trails for confidence-building descents. If you’re only looking forward to pumpkin spiced-everything and breaking out your flannel this season, it’s time to spice it up with a heaping cup of fresh skills and a dash of local flavor at a bucket-list fall destination. No matter where you are in the country or in your riding journey, we have the perfect Adventure Camp or Clinic for you.
Oakridge, OR • October 26-27
One of only six IMBA Gold-level Ride Centers, Oakridge sits amongst hundreds of miles of new school flow trails and old school, narrow singletrack (seriously, they were built by mules and mountain men). Gain a black-belt level mastery of maneuvering through tight switchbacks, speed-reading the trail ahead, and conserving energy during long descents… after shuttle rides to the top with stunning views of the Cascades.
Spice it up with post-ride eats from Jackie Chan’s former personal chef at Lee’s Gourmet Garden.
Register here to go for the (IMBA) gold in “Stokeridge”!
Kingdom Trails, East Burke, VT • September 28-29
The Kingdom Trails wind through a wooded and pastoral setting, startlingly tranquil surroundings in contrast to the ripping flow trails with a mix of rooty, rowdy singletrack. As the weekend rolls on, you’ll find yourself tackling more advanced terrain, negotiating once-intimidating trail obstacles and finding the ever-elusive flow on your bike.
Spice it up at the Fall Foliage Festival to celebrate the vibrant changing leaves.
Register here to experience New England’s MTB mecca!
Sedona, AZ • September 28-29 & December 14-15
The idyllic red rocks of Sedona are the place to put your technical skills to the test. With step-ups and steep transitions around every corner, drops of all sizes and high speed corners to play on, you’ll be amazed by what you and your bike can do together and you’ll go home with a huge boost in confidence because of it. Face your fears of rock slabs and gnarly-looking ledges; we’ll help you roll through it all with ease.
Spice it up with fresh New Mexican Hatch chiles roasting on the patio at Son Silver West gallery.
SkyPark Bike Park, Lake Arrowhead, CA • October 12-13
Fall isn’t your jam? Get a jump on winter at this Christmas-themed wonderland by chasing Santa down the flow trail. Pedal up just 10 minutes from Santa’s Village and choose your own adventure from wide green and blue trails with berms and wood features to technical black diamonds with drops and elevated skinnies. Session all day and celebrate your progression as you begin to clear the tabletops and build confidence on the meticulously maintained trails (thanks to the hard-working elves!).
Spice it up with zip lining, rock climbing, sweet shops, ice-skating, archery, ropes courses, and… yeah, you’re gonna need a few more days.
I would encourage anyone of any ability to take a class with these guys.
I recently attended one of the Intermediate/Advanced Efficiency and Flow clinics. Even though I have been riding for many years...
I recently attended one of the Intermediate/Advanced Efficiency and Flow clinics. Even though I have been riding for many years I learned a lot from this clinic. The techniques covered ranged from reviewing basic skills such as basic body position to practicing more advanced techniques like switchbacks, bunny hops, and cornering. I was able to recognize, get instruction, and practice some skills where I was weak and instantly improve them. Even skills I thought I was pretty good at I was able to pick up useful tips. I also realized that deliberate skills practice is not something I incorporate into my riding, but now that I understand what I should be doing I will make sure to add this in! After taking the course my comfort on the bike has improved and I am more aware of my body position and movement of the bike. I would encourage anyone of any ability to take a class with these guys. The instructors are knowledgeable and easy to work with. There is a lot of one on one help and they will make sure you understand the skills being taught and are able to perform them successfully. Plus the clinic was lots of fun! I highly recommend and hope to work with these guys again soon. ~ Michelle A.
The course was very fluid, engaging, and I would highly recommend it.
I took the intermediate/advanced course in Balboa Park after having ridden for just over 2 years on my own. It...
I took the intermediate/advanced course in Balboa Park after having ridden for just over 2 years on my own. It covered a wide breadth of skills, some of which I already felt aquatinted with and others I had little to no experience with. I found all of the material useful. I was able to improve skills I already had and was able to learn new skills. I also feel confident leaving the course that the instructors have provided all of the information for me to practice and improve outside of the course setting. The environment of Balboa Park was perfect for learning and sessioning the skills covered. The instructors were friendly, fun, and attentive to all of the participants. They spent more or less time on certain skills based on how the entire group was grasping them. They also gave individualized attention to participants that required more help with technique. The course was very fluid, engaging, and I would highly recommend it. ~Alexandra Rose Brysiewicz
Taken the 3 day Skills Camp out in Mulberry Gap GA. Outstanding weekend. We had a small group of about...
Taken the 3 day Skills Camp out in Mulberry Gap GA. Outstanding weekend. We had a small group of about 8 people with 3 Ninja Pro's. Richard and the instructors were attentive and always helpful. The course had you work on your base fundamentals, advanced skills, along with bike setup,maintenance, nutrition ,This was a very comprehensive course. After learning the skills, we'd hit the trails and the training didn't stop. Instructors would get to a technical portion of a trail and have us all stop and they would show us how to use the skills we just learned. Everyone learned at their own pace. So no one felt pressured to keep up with others. Having fun was always top priority. Arriving back home, I was practicing all the skills i've learned like an excited little kid with a new bike. I hope to take this course again when they come back to this side of the country -- it was well worth it! ~Vic D.
Enrolling in the Intermediate/Advanced clinic was the best thing I’ve ever done to improve my speed and ability on the bike.
Hands down, enrolling in the Intermediate/Advanced clinic was the best thing I've ever done to improve my speed and ability...
Hands down, enrolling in the Intermediate/Advanced clinic was the best thing I've ever done to improve my speed and ability on the bike. I am so much faster on singletrack and through technical sections/jumps that even if people are more fit than me, I still keep up with them (and kind of love watching them do a lot more work than they need to). Richard and Kris are fantastic and break things down in a way that makes sense and is manageable. By the end of my first clinic, I was jumping off ledges and power climbing up sections that I couldn't drive a car up. You could buy a $5,000 carbon bike and do 10,000 ft rides every day, but you will get the best return on any investment you make in your riding by attending a Ninja Skills Clinic. ~ Regina J.
We are a group of passionate, dirt-loving, community oriented, world class mountain bike skills instructors committed to helping you reach your personal riding goals through clinics and camps. We are excited to work with riders of all ability levels and share the joy (STOKE) of mountain biking.