GOING BIG IN THE BACKCOUNTRY | Retallack Lodge: the World’s Largest Commercial Mountain Bike Tenure

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NELSON, BC \u2013 Retallack Lodge<\/a><\/strong> recently announced its June 2014 tenure approval for commercial mountain bike operations on 1.5 million acres totaling over more than 2,278 square miles (5,900 square kilometers), expanding on the resort\u2019s existing tenure granted in April 2011.<\/p>

\u201cNow it\u2019s game on,\u201d said Mike Kinrade, Retallack Lodge director of mountain bike operations and professional freerider. \u201cNo crowds, tacky dirt, exclusive destination.\u201d <\/p>


The approval expands Retallack\u2014an off-the-grid resort in the Selkirk range of British Columbia\u2019s West Kootenays that has made its mountain bike potential known in various videos, photos and features of pro riders descending massive lines and sending enormous features\u2014into the largest open-to-the-public commercial mountain-bike destination in the world. It's also one of the greenest, operating entirely on a hydroelectric generator powered by a nearby creek, which along with other initiatives, has earned it a 4 Green Key eco rating. <\/p>

The Canadian tenure is an agreement that allows the operation on Crown (government) land and is valid for 20 years. While similar tenures have been granted to skiing and other operations in Canada, this mountain biking tenure is the first of its kind, setting an exciting precedent for the sport, Kinrade told MTBparks. Like its winter snowcat operations, Retallack Lodge\u2019s mountain biking features professionally guided backcountry and heli trips as opposed to lift-served riding. <\/strong>(Read more...)<\/a><\/p>


by Don Stefanovich<\/em><\/p>"]

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