THE SWEET RIDERS STORY
MEET KAREY – FEATURED IN CROWSNEST PASS ARTICLE
Karey, founder and head coach of Sweet Riders in the Crowsnest Pass, first sparked her passion for mountain biking in Japan.
Upon arrival in Japan, I was introduced to the mountain bike scene, and never looked back. Several years later, my Canadian racing friends enticed me into getting my coaching certifications and thus Sweet Riders was born…
ACHIEVE YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKING DREAMS!
Master your skills while having a blast in the idyllic Rocky Mountains. Whether it be railing a berm with perfection, landing your first jump, or simply learning how to roll off a curb safely, let us help you build confidence to become the best rider you can be.
Our mission is to spread the love of mountain biking while teaching skills in a fun, and safe environment. Ride away with a mountain biking experience to last a lifetime! Come join us for a sweet ride in the scenic Crowsnest Pass.
– Sweet Riders
ATTENTION: Our Fat Biking Season has come to an end unless we get snow in the very near future. Our 2021 Spring & Summer sessions are all up and ready for registration. Book today for a great Sweet Riders Experience.
WHILE WE WATCH GUIDELINES CHANGING DAILY, WEEKLY OR MONTHLY, WE NEED TO ENSURE WE STAY RESILIENT TO THE CHANGES AND MOST IMPORTANTLY KEEP YOU SAFE. THIS MIGHT MEAN THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE STRICTER PROTOCOLS, REDUCE OUR NUMBERS OR EVEN CANCEL TRIPS.
BELOW ARE THE MINIMUM PROTOCOLS TO ATTEND A SWEET RIDERS SESSION/EXPERIENCE OR COURSE. WE HAVE CREATED THESE PROTOCOLS TO SERVE EVERYONE ACCORDING TO THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA GUIDELINES.
UPON MEETING AND ANY TIME WE ARE INDOORS, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO WEAR A FACE MASK (UNLESS WE ARE IN ANOTHER ESTABLISHMENT WITH OTHER GUIDELINES LIKE IN A RESTAURANT, WHERE YOU ARE ALLOWED TO REMOVE YOUR MASK UPON BEING SEATED). ONCE WE ARE OUT ON THE TRAILS AND EASILY DISTANCED, YOUR GUIDE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR MASK CAN BE REMOVED.
PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED TO STAY A MINIMUM OF 2 METRES APART UNLESS THEY ARE FROM THE SAME HOUSEHOLD. YOU MAY HAVE A FRIEND WITH YOU THAT YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE BEING CLOSER, BUT SINCE WE NEED TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR EVERYONE TO BE SAFE, ONLY HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS CAN BE WITHIN 2 METRES OF EACH OTHER.
FOOD AND GEAR HANDLING
PARTICIPANTS CANNOT EXCHANGE FOOD OR GEAR WITH OTHER PARTICIPANTS, UNLESS APART OF THE SAME HOUSEHOLD. THIS IS SOMETIMES HARD TO DO BECAUSE WE ARE A KIND SOCIETY AND WANT TO SHARE. SHARING IS CARING, EXCEPT DURING A PANDEMIC. PARTICIPANTS NEED TO WASH THEIR HANDS OR HAND SANITIZE PRIOR TO EATING.
IF FOOD IS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP, IT WILL BE SAFELY HANDLED BY OUR STAFF PRIOR TO THE TRIP. THIS MEANS, WE WILL HAND SANITIZE PRIOR TO TOUCHING YOUR PACKAGED FOOD AND WEAR MASKS DURING TRANSPORT.
IF GEAR IS RENTED FROM ALPENLAND, THE GEAR WILL FALL UNDER THEIR RESPONSIBILITY FOR COVID PROTOCOLS.
CARPOOLING IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED, AND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED WITH PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW EACH OTHER. WE ASSUME THAT IF YOU CAME WITH SOMEONE, YOU TOOK THE PRECAUTIONS WHILE TRANSPORTING TO KEEP EACH OTHER SAFE.
FAILURE TO ABIDE
IF ANY OF THESE PROTOCOLS ARE NOT FOLLOWED ON A TRIP, YOUR GUIDE WILL ASK YOU TO LEAVE AND YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
COVID CANCELLATION POLICY
IF YOU SHOW SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 LEADING UP TO THE TRIP, PLEASE CONTACT US. IF YOU DO NOT SHOW UP FOR YOUR TRIP DUE TO COVID-19 WITHOUT ADVISING BY EMAIL OR PHONE (NOT SOCIAL MEDIA) AT LEAST 12 HOURS IN ADVANCE, WE WILL NOT GIVE YOU A REFUND. WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO NOT SHOW UP IF YOU SHOW ANY SYMPTOMS. WE HAVE OFTEN REBOOKED OR GIVEN FULL REFUNDS AS WE DO NOT WANT YOU PENALIZED FOR THIS VIRUS. PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK, WE WILL BE ABLE TO BE MORE RESILIENT IF YOU GIVE US MORE NOTICE. CANCELLATIONS NOT DUE TO COVID-19 REASONS ARE SUBJECT TO OUR REGULAR CANCELLATION POLICY POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE.
IF WE CANCEL A TRIP DUE TO GOVERNMENT PROTOCOLS, WE WILL FIRST TRY TO REBOOK YOU FOR ANOTHER DATE AND IF THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE, WE WILL GIVE YOU A FULL REFUND.
Looking for a Cool Place to Stay During Your Crowsnest Adventure?
Stay at the Sweet Riders AirBNB, conveniently located less than 1 minute from the trailhead!
Cozy separate suite in prime Blairmore/Crowsnest Pass Location. Only a minute away from the Pass Powder Keg mountain bike trail head/ski hill and other outdoor adventures. The suite contains two bedrooms and one futon, sleeps up to 5 if needed. Perfect for mountain bikers & outdoor enthusiasts. The owner runs Sweet Riders, a mountain bike instruction/tour company and loves sharing the great outdoors that the Crowsnest Pass has to offer. Join us for a great stay in the Crown of the Continent!
WHY CHOOSE SWEET RIDERS?
Feedback from our participants.
“Karey is awesome & inspiring, it helps that she has the skills, totally trustworthy to follow on a trail”
“A1, amazing, very knowledgable and very encouraging!”
“10/10! I’d absolutely come back for another clinic!”
“12/10! Amazing, great constructive criticsm and encouragement.”
THE SWEET RIDERS CREW
KAREY LEE WATANABE, founder and head coach of Sweet Riders Canada/Japan, lived and raced in Japan for 23 years. She holds three Japanese DH Series Champion titles and has raced in World Cups, the Canadian National Series and Norba events in various countries around the world. She moved back to her native country Canada in February of 2015 and currently resides in the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.