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Cross-country mountain biking takes you off the beaten path and into the wild. A mecca for mountain biking, Crested Butte offers unlimited opportunities for anyone — whether you’re a beginner or an expert cyclist.

The Adaptive Sports Center has a variety of leg and arm powered adaptive cycling options for off-road adventures.

The ASC partners with local bike shop, The Alpineer, to get the highest-quality bikes on the market. Our instructors then help you choose the bike that sets you up for success and an adventurous learning experience.

Instruction is also customized to your experience level. A typical introductory session begins with bike selection and a quick overview of bike anatomy. Once the basics of balance, braking and shifting are covered, riders will hit one of Crested Butte’s many beautiful trails.

DOWNHILL BIKE (Downhill biking has been cancelled for the 2020 summer season)
We are proud to offer one of the only downhill mountain biking programs in the world for people with disabilities. Downhill mountain biking is for anyone who wishes she or he could skip the uphill push and jump straight to the downhill rush. 

Participants will be outfitted in a two-wheel or four-wheel downhill bike in our main center at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Then, the bikes are loaded onto the chairlift to the top of the trails. Gravity does the rest.

Our instructors guide and assist participants down the mountain. Choose to explore wide and easy trails or head out on the single-track and learn to negotiate more challenging terrain including rock piles and logjams.

This high adventure activity focuses on increasing strength and self-confidence, as well as establishing good adaptive biking techniques. The Adaptive Sports Center recommends taking an introductory lesson on mountain biking as a pre-requisite. Downhill biking may not suitable for all populations. Please inquire before booking.

Explore everything from scenic Rocky Mountain highways to quiet backroads on a high-tech bicycle propelled entirely by arm strength.

Road biking provides the opportunity to maximize mileage with smooth riding, and is a skillset that can be taken anywhere with paved roads. 

Full and half-day lessons start and end in downtown Crested Butte at our new, accessible summer outfitting facility, The Adaptive Building. Participants can learn and experience road biking and return home with a newfound freedom.


For all adaptive biking programs, participants should wear longer shorts or pants and bring sunglasses and a water bottle.

Private Lessons are for individuals with disabilities/special needs or family members who want one-on-one instruction.

Group lessons are for individuals who do not need private instruction and have similar mountain biking ability as others in the group.


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Instructor-to-participant ratios are at the discretion of the Adaptive Sports Center and may vary by activity. Ratios are based on overall requirements of the participant(s) experience, complexities of necessary adaptations, overall activity risk management, logistics and the unique overall group management needs. Please call with any questions you may have.

Full Day - Instructor : Participant ratio
$195 each - 1:1
$155 each - 1:2
$120 each - 1:3
$110 each - 1:4
$100 each - 1:5
$95 each - 1:6
Half Day - Instructor : Participant ratio
$145 each - 1:1
$115 each - 1:2
$95 each - 1:3
$85 each - 1:4
$75 each - 1:5
$70 each - 1:6

Military and First Responders
$35 each


Full Day 
Full-day lessons meet at 9:15 a.m.

Half Day
Morning sessions meet at 9:15 a.m. Afternoon sessions meet at 12:45 p.m.