What is BLMBA?
The Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association was created in 2006 as a Non-Profit Society, registered with the Province of British Columbia.
That's the official designation, but we're much more than that.
Since the beginning, the BLMBA has served as a Trail Advocacy Society, a local riding club/assotiation, and Tourism Operator for the trails on and surrounding Boer Mountain, 10 minutes north of downtown Burns Lake.
Our mission statement: "Burns Lake is a world class mountain biking destination and vibrant mountain biking community".
Both parts of that statement hold true, with a club membership of over 100 riders/hikers/dog-walkers. The BLMBA conducts weekly rides for both downhill and cross country enthusiasts, as well as a 6 week coaching program called Bike Camp (weekly 2 hour sessions). Annually the BLMBA hosts The Big Pig Bike Festival, a three day fat tire extravaganza.
As a Non-Profit Society, the BLMBA holds two land use agreements which allow all of the trails in the Boer Mtn trail network to be 100% legal and sanctioned. The first is 160 acres of private land on lease from the Burns Lake Community Forest which comprises the Burns Lake Bike Park section. The other is a 650+ acre area on and around Boer Mountain in partnership with the Province of British Columbia through the Recreation Sites and Trails division. The Boer Mountain Recreation Site was the recipient of the 2010 Premiere's Award for Innovation in conjunction with the Smithers Mountain Biking Association project through Rec Sites and Trails.
In the short years since its inception, the BLMBA has achieved a great deal in such a short time. Recognized and heralded as one of the most progressive, sanctioned, and sustainable trail networks anywhere on the planet. Period.
For those who haven't had a chance during the 2013 season, the Razorback trail, an epic cross country climb (or descent) climbing from the Bike Park parking lot and following the eastern perimeter of the Boer Mtn Rec Site to the top of Boer Mtn itself was completed and ready to ride. This trail is a MUST ride, you'll love it! See you out there!
On the books for new trails in the 2014 season Shawn O'Meara is building a downhill connector from the outer reach of Razorback which leads back to When Pigs Fly. When complete this gives climbers an option out if they aren't ready to do the rest of the 8km climb to the top of Boer, and for those at the top this extends the 8km mostly down into approximately 12km of descending singletrack of rediculous proportions.
Also slated for early season is a connector from the Bike Park connection from Razorback to Kager Connector, offering riders a quick route between those two locations.