Retallack – the world acclaimed backcountry catskiing destination, and Riley McIntosh – previous founder of Rilor Wilderness, renowned trail builder and mountain biker (and KMC contributor); have teamed up to offer a unique backcountry mountain biking experience. Retallack is already hard at work developing new trails, hiring and training professional guides, and preparing its operations for the initial season debut in July that runs until October. Customers will be able to access descents of up to 5,000 vertical feet via a combination of off-road vehicles and helicopters. Luxury food and accommodations will be provided at Retallack’s 11,000 sq ft lodge – located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, and accessible by car approximately one hour north of Nelson, BC.

“I am so stoked that customers will now be able to experience epic backcountry trails, gourmet food, luxury accommodation, and a freeride mountain bike experience that dreams are made of,” Mr McIntosh said. “I can’t wait to share the flowing trails, with nothing but miles of winding single-track separating them from a fully stocked bar, gourmet dinner, hot tub, sauna, and massage waiting at the bottom – all for a package value that is comparable to what you’d spend on a typical bike park trip,” he said.

Retallack General Manager, Phil Pinfold, said that the company’s first priority is to build on Retallack’s reputation for outstanding terrain by providing exceptional service to both new and existing customers. Packages and trails will be geared towards both intermediate and advanced riders. “We are really excited that Riley has joined the Retallack team and shares our Kootenay vibe. We feel that his involvement and input will be of massive benefit to us and freeriders alike,” he said. Retallack Director, Kevin Arcuri, said that its owners and management team were thrilled to be pioneers in the guided backcountry mountain biking industry and that its summer mountain biking operations would mirror the professionalism and safety standards of its winter backcountry catskiing operations.

“We are dedicated to providing the highest quality backcountry experience to our customers. Retallack is 100% owned by expert skiers, snowboarders, and mountain bikers – including legendary freeskiers Seth Morrison and Tanner Hall. All of our decisions are thus made by riders, for riders,” he said. Retallack Chairman, Chris McNamara, stressed the company would take care to ensure that its mountain biking operations were in keeping with the company’s status as one of the greenest backcountry destinations in Canada. “Retallack has committed to a multi-year expansion plan. We have the skills, talent and commitment necessary to make this successful, while ensuring that the company remains an industry leader in terms of environmental and safety practices,” he said.

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