Backcountry Bike & Ski is proud to consider itself a hub in the community. Without the people, volunteer groups and local agencies of Palmer and the great Mat-Su Valley our shop would not be what it is today. In order to promote and support an active cycling and skiing community in our area, we participate and/or sponsor the following events:

Shop Rides

Who: If you are new to mountain biking, this can be a great opportunity to learn some new skills and find challenge amongst other riders. If you are experienced on a mountain bike, this is your opportunity to meet new people and share your love for the sport.

What: Weekly adult group mountain bike ride. All abilities and experience levels are welcome and the ride is tailored to meet the needs of all group riders for the evening.

When: Wednesdays at 6:30pm. All year if there is sufficient snow in the winter/spring and if the trails are ready for dirt riding.

Where: Location is determined by the best riding. Often in the summer we will ride at Matanuska Lake or Crevasse Moraine. Government Peak Recreation Area and Matanuska River Park are also favorites. In the winter we spend a lot of time in the Moose Range and otherwise seek out the best snow conditions.

How: Check our Facebook page or shop calendar for the latest updates. Also, feel free to stop in the shop for a hot cup of coffee and trail updates.


Throughout the summer beginning in May, Backcountry Bike & Ski offers a variety of maintenance clinics. These are beginner’s clinics on basic routine maintenance everyone should do at home for a happy bike. They also include emergency trailside repairs such as flat tires, broken chains and other unforeseen events.

Other times throughout the year we may host different clinics. These may include Winter Biking, Tubeless Tire Installation, Derailleurs 101 and others. Time and interest will determine which of these and how many are offered.

We cannot forget about skis either. Periodically during the winter we offer wax clinics for those of you looking to do your own work at home.

Look to our Calendar for the latest times and dates.

Community Involvement

Since we opened the doors, Backcountry Bike & Ski has been committed to the health and growth of our community. Below are just a few of the ways we have been able to do our part:

We have been proud supporters of Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers through financial donations, membership drives and helping to provide bicycles to the SprocKidz program. Not to mention the numerous hours our staff has spent doing trail work, coaching, grooming and otherwise being a member of VMBAH.

We have also been proud supporters of Mat-Su Ski Club through financial donations and helping to provide ski equipment to the Junior Nordic program. We have also provided support for the Mat-Su Icicle Double ski race and the Mat-Su Ski for Women.

Organized Ride/Races

As a way to celebrate cycling and to throw a big party, Backcountry Bike & Ski has sponsored several events in its time. These have included:

  • The Trio (co-sponsored by Speedway Cycles)
  • Palmer Spring Classic
  • Hatcher Pass Epic
  • Balance Bike Boogie