Bike School

NEW this season, Hilltop Ski Area will have a mountain bike school! We will start booking all bike school programs on May 1st.

Here at Hilltop Bike School, we enjoy passing on our love of biking and the outdoors! We will share techniques with you to become a better mountain biker in a fun and engaging atmosphere. We offer group and private coaching and group clinics to adults and children. We can’t wait to see you on the trails!

We’re booking ALL clinics in-person and over the phone. If you aren’t able to reach us by phone, the best thing you can do to get your clinic booked is: leave us a voicemail message and then answer the phone when we call you back.

The Bike School will be booking all programs Monday-Friday, 10 AM-4 PM.

Thank you for supporting your local non-profit ski and bike area! We accept credit card payment only. (Updated 5/2/2022)


PRIVATE Coaching or private tour • AGES 8+ (1-ON-1 OR GROUP PRIVATE coaching or Tour)
  • Private Coaching is either a one-on-one experience or can be a private group session for you and your friends and family. You can also request your favorite coach here at Hilltop Bike School!  Whether it’s your first time, or you’re looking to take your current skills to the next level;  private coaching is a premium learning experience. We recommend all attendees be a similar ability level.
  • Private Tour is also a fun option if you want a guide to show you around our lift accessed bike park, or the adjacent hillside trails. We recommend all attendees be a similar ability level.

    These clinics/tours happen:
    Everyday Hilltop is open! Give us a call or come visit our office to check availability.

    Clinic/Tour Cost:
    1-Hour is $75
    Additional Person for 1-Hour is $40
    2-Hour is $120
    Additional Person for 2-hour is $80
    Private coaching and tours come with a lift ticket for each attendee if they don’t already have a season pass.

    **Hilltop will not have bike rentals this season. Please contact a local bike shop to inquire about rentals.
Bike Park blastoff! • AGES 8-12 (one-time kids beginner group clinic)
  • Bike Park Blastoff! is a one-time group clinic that is catered to kids, ages 8-12, who are new to mountain biking and want to learn how to use the lift accessed downhill bike park safely. All students need to be comfortable riding a bicycle on pavement and on dirt roads, no MTB experience needed.

    We are offering this clinic for this ability level:
    Level 1: Beginner

    For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

    These clinics happen:
    Thursdays, 4:45 pm-6:45 pm.

    Clinic Cost:
    $60
    This clinic comes with a lift ticket if students don’t already have a season pass.

    *If two or fewer people attend the clinic, it does get downgraded to a 1-hour clinic as you will be experiencing a more personalized learning experience with less people.
    **Hilltop will not have bike rentals this season. Please contact a local bike shop to inquire about rentals.
Bike Park 101 • AGES 13+ (one-time adult and teens beginner group clinic)
  • Bike Park 101 For Adults and Teens age 13+, is a one-time group clinic that is catered to teens and adults who are new to mountain biking and want to learn how to use the lift accessed downhill bike park safely. All attendees need to be comfortable riding a bicycle on pavement and on dirt roads, no MTB experience needed.

    We are offering this clinic for this ability level:
    Level 1: Beginner

    For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

    These clinics happen:
    Saturdays or
    Sundays
    1:00 pm-3:00 pm.

    Clinic Cost:
    $60
    This clinic comes with a lift ticket if students don’t already have a season pass.

    *If two or fewer people attend the clinic, it does get downgraded to a 1-hour clinic as you will be experiencing a more personalized learning experience with less people.
    **Hilltop will not have bike rentals this season. Please contact a local bike shop to inquire about rentals.
Gravity Groms • AGES 8-12 (Kids multi-week group clinics)
  • Gravity Groms is a multi-week mountain bike program for kids age 8-12 at the beginner to intermediate levels. Kids will learn how to get started mountain biking and will also develop techniques and confidence on the trails while having fun with their group.

We are offering this program in three ability levels:
Level 1:  Beginner
Level 2:  Novice
Level 3:  Intermediate

For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

The program happens:
Wednesday,
Thursday or  
Saturday
4:45pm – 6:45pm. 

Each session contains three clinics. We offer this program in three sessions:

Session I
Wednesday: June 22nd, 29th, and July 6th.
Thursday: June 23rd, June 30th, and July 7th.
Saturday: June 25th, July 2nd, and 9th.

Session II
Wednesday: July 20th, 27th, and August 3rd.
Thursday: July 21st, 28th, and August 4th.
Saturday: July 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

Session III
Wednesday: August 17th, 24th, and 31st.
Thursday: August 18th, 25th, and September 1st.
Saturday: August 20th, 27th, and September 3rd.

Session Cost:
Program $180
This program comes with a lift ticket for each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

*You cannot book more than one session until your first/current session has ended.  To keep the quality of the clinics high, we want to make sure we are putting your child in the correct ability level for the next session.  Your child’s coach will tell you what ability level to put your child in at the end of their session. Only then can you book the next session. *

**Hilltop will not have bike rentals this season. Please contact a local bike shop to inquire about rentals.

Schralpers • AGES 13-17 (teens 2-day group clinics)
  • Schralpers is a two-day mountain bike program for teens age 13-17 at the beginner to intermediate levels. Schralpers will learn how to get started mountain biking and will also develop techniques and confidence on the trails while having fun with their group.

We are offering this program in three ability levels:
Level 1:  Beginner
Level 2:  Novice
Level 3:  Intermediate

For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

This program happens:
Wednesday and Thursday
4:45pm – 6:45pm. 

Each session contains two lessons. We offer this program in three sessions:

Session I
July 13th and 14th.

Session II
August 10th and 11th.

Session III
September 7th and 8th.

Session Cost:
Program $120
This program comes with a lift ticket for each day if attendees don’t already have a season pass.

*You cannot book more than one session until your first/current session has ended.  To keep the quality of the clinics high, we want to make sure we are putting your teen in the correct ability level for the next session.  Your teen’s coach will tell you what ability level to put your teen in at the end of their session. Only then can you book the next session. *

**Hilltop will not have bike rentals this season. Please contact a local bike shop to inquire about rentals.

Shredmaiden x Spoke Sisters • AGES 18+ (one-time Women’s group clinics)
  • ShredMaiden X Spoke Sisters is a fantastic way to experience the magic of mountain biking amongst other women on Friday nights! Whether it’s your first time, or you have been riding for a while; ShredMaiden X Spoke Sisters may just be the highlight of your summer! This is a one-time clinic that is offered several times in the season.

We are offering this program in these three ability levels:
Level 1: Beginner
Level 2: Novice
Level 3: Intermediate

For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

These clinics happen:
Friday nights, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Each clinic is 2 hours long.

Clinic Dates:
July 1st
July 15th
July 29th
August 12th
August 19th

Clinic Cost:
$60
This clinic comes with a lift ticket if students don’t already have a season pass.

*ShredMaiden is sponsoring this all women’s mountain bike program.
They will be bringing some extra stoke each week and will host a giveaway for those who have attended any of the clinics.
The giveaway and “ladies group ride” will take place on September 2nd.

**Hilltop will not have bike rentals this season. Please contact a local bike shop to inquire about rentals.

Skillz sundayZ • AGES 18+ (one-time adult group clinic)
  • Skillz Sundayz is a one-time adult 18+ group clinic with a weekly rotating focus.

    We are offering this program in this ability level:
    Level 3: Intermediate, or higher.

    For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

    These clinics happen:
    Sunday nights, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm.

    Each clinic is 2 hours long.

    Clinic Dates and Topics:
    July 3rd Jumps/Drops
    July 17th Maneuvers
    July 31st Trail
    August 14th Jumps/Drops
    August 21st Maneuvers
    September 4th Trail

    Clinic Cost:
    $60
    This clinic comes with a lift ticket if students don’t already have a season pass.

    **Hilltop will not have bike rentals this season. Please contact a local bike shop to inquire about rentals.

FAQs

Bike School Policies, Terms, and Conditions
  • All clinics/tours are final and non-refundable.
  • Absences will not be refunded or made-up.
  • Students will ride the lift unaccompanied.
  • Every student will need to fill out a Bike School “Liability Waiver” for the current bike season. Students age 17 and under will also need an “Emergency Child Record” form filled out by a parent or guardian for the current bike season.
  • If you are late for a clinic/tour, that time will be forfeited from your clinic/tour.
  • Parking here at Hilltop Ski Area can be challenging at times. We recommend arriving early to experience the full clinic/tour time.
  • We do not guarantee weather or conditions, open terrain or number of lifts operating.
  • If Hilltop Bikes School cancels a group clinic/tour for any reason, a makeup clinic/tour will be offered at the discretion of Hilltop Bike School. If you cannot attend the makeup clinic/tour we provide, you will forfeit the value of that clinic/tour.
  • A minimum of 24-hours’ notice is required to change a private coaching session time and date. All private coaching sessions must be completed before the end of the current bike season.
  • Parents/guardians are required to pick up children at the end of clinics/tours, unless the child is age 7 or older and the parent/guardian has signed a “Permission To Stay Late” form that allows the child to “free ride” unsupervised.
  • Teens age 13+ will be dismissed at the end of their clinic/tour regardless of whether a parent/guardian is present.
How do I Determine My Ability Level?

Mountain Biking

LevelAbilityStarting TerrainPrior ExperiencePrerequisite SkillsWorking Towards
1BeginnerFlat Ground/Green TrailsComfortable Riding Bicycles on Roads, Gravel Paths, and Smooth Off-RoadBalancing, Pedaling, Shifting Gears, and Using Hand BreaksComfort On Green Mountain Bike Trails
2NoviceGreen/Easy Blue TrailsComfortable On Green Mountain Bike TrailsControlling Speed Without Skidding and Cornering on Gentle BermsRiding with Flow and Managing Variable Surfaces on Blue Trails
3IntermediateBlue TrailsRiding with Flow and Managing Variable Surfaces on Blue TrailsControlling Speed on Blue Terrain and Stable Riding Through Small Rocks and RootsTechnical Riding, Trail Features, Jumps and Exploring Black Trails
How do I book a clinic/Tour?

We book lessons over the phone or in person when the season starts.
Please call the Bike School at (907) 346-2169. We don’t book clinics/tours online and this is a decision chosen purposefully.
We want to talk to you to help you find the best clinic/tour for you or your child!

Does hilltop have bike rentals available?

No, Hilltop does not have bike rentals available. We plan to have a rental fleet at some point, but we are uncertain when that will happen. Please contact a local bike shop to inquire about rentals.

Will my child ride the chair lift with a coach?

In group clinics the majority of the time students will be partnered with other students for chair rides. The coach coordinates the students getting on the lift and will train students to ride the lift properly. The coach will load the chair with the last student if there is space. If there isn’t space, the coach will ride on the chair behind the group.

What type of bike do i need for clinics/tours?

You are required to have hand operated brakes for each wheel.
We recommend having some suspension.
For a XC lesson, a modern trail or enduro bike would be ideal.

Are lift tickets included with Clinics/tours?

Yes, lift tickets are included in the price of the clinics. The ticket is good for the whole day of the clinic to encourage the student to practice after the clinic.

Do I need to be with my child for Bike school check-in?

Yes, students 12 and under must be checked in with a parent or guardian. All bike school students will check-in at the bike school booking desk.

Do I need to check-out my child from Bike school?

Parents are required to pick up children at the end of the clinics/tours, unless a parent release has been signed and is on file allowing students to “free ride” unsupervised. Kids age 13+ will be dismissed at the end of the clinics/tours regardless of whether the parent/guardian is present.

Can I stay with my child during clinics/tours?

During the actual clinic time, we recommend that parents observe from a distance to prevent disrupting the class.

Can I tip our Coach?

Tips are always appreciated, but never expected.  Tips are a great way to show your appreciation of your coach’s hard work!

What happens if we are late for a clinic/tour?

If you are late for your clinic/tour; we will help the student find their coach. Time is not made-up from tardiness.

What ages do you offer clinics/tours for?

We offer Private Coaching/Tours for ages 8+.  Kids group clinics are for ages 8-12.
Teen group clinics are for ages 13-17. Adult group clinics are for ages 18+.

How early should I arrive before my Clinic/tour?

If you have your own gear, you should arrive 15 minutes before your clinic/tour.

What happens if there is bad weather?

The main weather reasons that Hilltop will cancel clinics/tours are high winds and heavy rain.
As soon as the decision to cancel clinics/tours is made, we will reach out to you and it will be posted on our website.

Can I cancel a clinic/tour?

Private clinics/tours cannot be canceled, but can be rescheduled if it is 24 hours before the time of the clinic/tour.
Group clinic/tours cannot be cancelled or rescheduled.

How should I dress for my clinic/tour?

Students should arrive fully dressed and ready to go for their clinic/tour. Here is a suggested list of clothing for bikers. Cotton is not recommended.

  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Rain jacket (Alaska has very unpredictable weather. Come prepared!)
  • Athletic shorts or pants
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Grippy, flat, ankle high shoes
  • Knee-length socks
  • Goggles/sunglasses
what should i bring for a private xc tour?

A private XC tour could potentially take you a few miles away from your vehicle and the lodge.
We recommend bringing:

Water
Snacks
Bear spray
Charged cell phone
Spares/Tools for your bike if you have them and know how to use them

What waivers do i need to sign to participate in bike coaching or tours?

There are 2 waivers that are mandatory for every student, and they can be filled out digitally using the links that follow:

HILLTOP BIKE PARK LIABILITY WAIVER:
https://app.waiversign.com/e/6154cc34035ddf00192f1c64/doc/62756baf0fcbd20018e49f59?event=none

HILLTOP BIKE SCHOOL LIABILITY WAIVER:
https://app.waiversign.com/e/6154cc34035ddf00192f1c64/doc/624b9178ca7075001850f4a6?event=none

For bike school participants under the age of 18 years old, you will also need to fill out an EMERGENCY CHILD RECORD using this link:
https://app.waiversign.com/e/6154cc34035ddf00192f1c64/doc/6258c4225de9440011db9de8?event=none

If you would like your child age 8-12 to be able to ride the bike park without a parent or guardian picking up the child after the lesson,
then you will need to sign a permission to stay late form that can be found at the bike school booking desk.

Are helmets required for lessons?

Yes, all students are required to wear helmets in clinics/tours. Hilltop rents and sells helmets. For lift accessed clinics, we recommend a full face helmet.

For more lesson information and booking please call (907) 346-2169 or send us a message.

HILLTOP BIKE SCHOOL IS NOW HIRING
BIKE COACHES/GUIDES FOR THE 2021-22 SEASON!

Apply Online Below!