WHISTLER MTB KIDS PROGRAMS
KIDS RECREATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE COACHING PROGRAMS
(6 - 16 years)
Looking for a more personal, quality mountain bike coaching experience for your kids?
This program is designed for groms who love riding mountain bikes and for parents who want a quiet, easy drop off, knowing your kids are going to have an amazing day, with the professional, fun, experienced coaches. This programs is catered to 6* to 10 year-olds who are used to being outdoors for the day and love riding their bike with their buddies.
ZEP MTB KIDS is the program for any kid who wants to get the most out of their summer biking!
*Kids must turn 6 by March 31st to enroll in the ZEP 2023 Kids Shred Programs
For development and racing programs for ages 10years and up - also check out our ZEP Grom team to find the best program for you!
WHY CHOOSE ZEP?
With kids of our own, we know what parents and kids are looking for! Easy drop offs, lunches included and staff that are trained every week, to ensure they look after and coach your kids with the attention, care and professionalism you would expect from ZEP… the business that literally wrote the books on mountain bike instructor training and kids mountain bike coaching! Learn more...
The coaching focuses on fun, safe progressions, teaching the kids how to respect limits, build their own confidence and safety awareness, while encouraging their peers.
KIDS SUMMER SHREDDERS
The ultimate mountain bike coaching program for kids! The ZEP MTB Kids Summer Shred program includes coaching two days per week, from 9am - 3pm. Choose between Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday.
With a limited number of groups available in order to maintain the best experience, ZEP provides an efficient, easy drop-off and pick up location central to the village, to save time and hassle for the parents.
Healthy, fresh lunches and afternoon treats are included in the program and provided by Connection Cafe at the Passive Haus.
Coaching will start in the Lost Lake trails, including adventures on the Valley Trail, visits to the pump tracks and riverside skills park. Depending on your child's age and skill, the groups have the options of exploring many trails through out the Whistler Valley.
Safety, fun and learning for the kids is our priority (in that order). Groups take regular rests to ensure physical and mental well-being, and ensure the kids finish each day pumped on their ZEP MTB KIDS Summer Camp!
ZEP Coaches always maximize sessions for safety, risk management and skill progression, so kids can build the skills without the spills.
- Coaching 2 days per week for the full Summer (9 week program)
- Limited spaces are available so sign up soon!
- Max group size of 5 for fun, safe, quality coaching
- Groups will be pre-screened to ensure maximum compatibility to boost safety, fun and learning
- Up to 4 make up sessions for planned absences. For example vacation days (terms and conditions apply)
- Industry’s top PMBIA Certified Coaches with PMBIA Kids Module Training
- Recommended for kids who love being outside all day, riding bikes and ready to progress their skills!
* Our goal is to ensure the best riding and learning experiences for these kids, by grouping them into as similar ability levels as possible; based on factors such as skill, balance, physical strength, interest, attitude and social skills. This is a mountain bike camp for kids who want to come to mountain bike camp! With limited spots available, be sure to sign up early to avoid missing out.
- Well-fitted, quality helmets, gloves, knee and elbow pads are mandatory.
- Kids must carry their own water, snacks and spare clothes.
- Mountain bikes should be in good working condition and fit the child well. Bikes should be fitted with disc brakes, with quality gears and mountain bike tires, as a minimum.
- All equipment will be inspected to ensure safety and risk management.
MINIMUM RIDING SKILLS - PREREQUISITES
- Kids must be comfortable riding bikes for extended periods on dirt/mountain bike trails.
- Kids should be able to stand up while maintaining balance and have comfortable control of the bike.
- Control speed using hand brakes on and off road, including during sustained descents.
- Have a basic understanding of how and when to change gear.
- Have some experience riding beginner features such as rollers, over small roots, or small berms.
- 2 Days Per Week of Coaching
- Fresh, tasty lunches from Connection Cafe.
- Troy Lee Designs ZEP riding jersey plus other great ZEP swag.
- ZEP stickers.
- Pump Track Sessions, and more!
- 15% off additional ZEP Private Lessons
WHAT LEVEL SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR?
In order to ensure the best learning experience for all kids in the program, we have implemented a registration system where you sign up for your current riding ability level. Please review the classifications below to ensure you are signing your child up for the correct ability level. If you are unsure or have any questions as to what level to sign up for, please contact us as firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHRED Novice - NOVICE DESCRIPTION
For NOVICE Riders For INTERMEDIATED Riders
A novice rider is someone with little experience riding off-road before. They are typically comfortable on gravel paths and would like to explore “green” and “easy-blue” mountain bike trails. Would like to learn the fundamentals to build confidence, have fun and stay safe.
These riders tend to know their limits and stick within them, which is better for safety and but can sometimes slow progression.
EXAMPLES OF WHAT A NOVICE RIDER IS LEARNING
- Bike fit and set up
- Correct use of gears to make riding more efficient and fun
- How to brake smoothly, without skidding, with front and rear brakes
- How to climb and descend with a centred, strong and mobile position
- How to ride through corners with confidence and control
- How to start/stop on a hill
- How to apply these skills to feel more confident and safe on the bike
TRAILS & FITNESS
- Starting to keep momentum through uneven terrain.
- Has some stamina and can pedal uphill and not stop on small climbs. Loves to ride their bike. Needs more regular breaks.
- Typically comfortable riding for 1 - 4 hrs
SHRED Intermediate - INTERMEDIATE DESCRIPTION
For NOVICE Riders For INTERMEDIATE Riders For ADVANCED Riders
An intermediate rider is comfortable riding off-road on “blue” trails and can perform all of the listed novice skills above. Would like to take their riding to the 'next level' of skill and trail difficulty, while still consolidating fundamental skills. These riders may begin to explore some of the easier “light black” trails, as an introduction to advanced terrain.
These riders are starting to explore harder terrain, which can increase risk if the rider is unaware of their limits. Intermediate riders can be more cautious when challenged, compared to advanced riders.
EXAMPLES OF WHAT AN INTERMEDIATE RIDER IS LEARNING
- How to ride blue trails with more finesse and easy-black trails with more control and confidence
- Bike and suspension set-up
- How to use gears and brakes to gain more efficiency and control on more challenging terrain
- How to climb and descend steeper, more technical terrain, without skidding
- How to corner with more speed and consistency
- How to perform roll downs (rolling drops) and slow tight turns
- Introduced to small drop - offs and tabletop jumps
- Introduced to front and rear wheel lifts, bunnyhops or trackstands
TRAILS & FITNESS
- Okay brake control on rock slabs
- Can choose the right speed for the right feature
- Can choose a good line to avoid obstacles
- Can do small to medium jumps and drops with good technique
- Can do full climbs with minimal rests
- Can pedal hard on climbs sections of climbs or short climbs
- Can do two rides in a day
- Typically comfortable riding for 2 - 5 hours
SHRED Advanced - ADVANCED DESCRIPTION
For INTERMEDIATE Riders For ADVANCED Riders
An advanced rider is comfortable riding off-road on “blue” trails, some of the easier single-black diamond trails and can perform all of the listed intermediate skills above. They are still learning to refine and build their skills, timing and confidence, to ride all single-black trails confidently.
These riders can more easily get into terrain above their skill level as confidence and skills can be high, relative to their experience and risk assessment skills; which can be limited due to lack of mileage on advanced terrain.
EXAMPLES OF WHAT AN ADVANCED RIDER IS LEARNING
- How to ride all single-black diamond trails confidently
- How to ride green and blue trails with more style and speed.
- Refine body position and balance, for more control efficiency and speed on the descents
- Refine advanced skills such as position/rotation/pressure to develop cornering speed through greater bike body separation and line choice
- Confidently riding medium drop - offs and tabletop jumps
- Introduced to larger tabletop jumps, such as A-line
- Applying technical maneuvers such as wheel lifts, bunnyhop and nose pivots, on the trail
TRAILS & FITNESS
- Can climb technical ascents over rock and roots.
- Can handle steep sections of rock slab, roots and chutes, can link together technical sections
- Can ride at speed through intermediate terrain
- Can pick a variety of lines
- Can do larger jumps and drops
- Can ride all day and do two rides in a day
- Typically comfortable riding for 3 - 6 hours
DATES & PRICING
|DAYS||DATE||TIME||EARLY BIRD PRICE||AFTER JANUARY 31st|
|Monday and Wednesday||July 3 - August 30||9am - 3pm||$1,995||$2,145|
|Tuesday and Thursday||July 4 - August 31||9am - 3pm||$1,995||$2,145|
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