October 19, 2023:
The Mountain Air Bike Skills Course is now closed for the season. Check back in the spring for the April opening date next year.
Beginner or expert–push your limits on our wood pump track
What's a pump track? It's a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders "pumping"–generating momentum by up and down body movements, instead of pedaling or pushing. (Source: Wikipedia)
This incredible bike skills course is located in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area–a place where the integrity and conservation of the mountain environment is respected and enjoyed by everyone. It's one of the largest and only outdoor wood pump track that's free to the public. Usually, venues like this are built temporarily and only for professional competitions.
Mountain biking fans–young and old, beginner to advanced–can challenge themselves, developing their riding skills in a safe, controlled area.
Please note: The Mountain Air Bike Skills Course isn't supervised:
- We strongly recommend that you use the proper safety equipment like a strapped on helmet, shin and wrist guards, and elbow and knee pads.
- Small children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
- No food, drinks or alcohol on the bike skills course.
Mountain Air Bike Skills Course has a 'slopestyle' course for intermediate and advanced riders . It incorporates built structures and dirt jumping features into a course that slopes downward. How you follow the line down the hill is up to you.
The wood pump track and skills area is located near the facility entrance. It's specially designed to provide challenges for the beginner, intermediate or advanced rider.
The technical features on this trail are low to the ground so it's a great place for beginners to practice.
This area includes a variety of technical trail features designed to develop bike handling skills. These include a number of wood features such as 'skinnies' (wooden structures you ride on), elevated ladder bridges, steel cable suspension bridge rides, balance box, drops and teeter-totters.
This track gives riders a chance to warm up, hone their skills and “pump” their way through the course.
There are table top dirt jumps side-by-side running down a slope–one beginner, one intermediate and one for advanced riders.
Looming over the Mountain Air Bike Skills Course is a 12 metre (nearly 40 foot) curved wooden wall ride where advanced riders can test their skills.
All pump track areas and trails are signed with difficulty ratings so riders know what's beginner, intermediate or expert level.
Information kiosks, interpretive signs, picnic areas, toilet facilities, bike wash, bike racks and a drinking water fountain are also located in the park.
The Mountain Air Bike Skills Course has wheelchair-accessible washrooms and parking at the park entrance off Barnet Hwy.
What you need to know
Please be respectful and courteous toward other park users and use the bike skills course and Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area trails responsibly:
- Be prepared to share trails with other mountain bikers of different abilities. Wait your turn where you need to, keep right on the trails and pass others on the left.
- View wildlife in Burnaby so you know what to do if you see a bear or a cougar on a trail.
- During severe weather, trail conditions can change quickly and without notice–in high winds, please leave the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area (including the Mountain Bike Air Skills Course) immediately.
Mountain Air Bike Skills Course
Trails are weather dependent, so the Mountain Air Bike Skills Course is generally open from April until end of October.
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Free parking is available on site.
Designated washrooms and parking available at the park entrance off Barnet Hwy.