Here are some of the West's best schools.
ASPEN, CO. Timberline Mountain Bike School. Beginner to advanced classes. Jun-Sep. From $150 per half-day for two people. (800) 842-2453 or www.timberlinebike.com.
FAIRFAX, CA. Women's Mountain Bike & Tea Society (WOMBATS). One-day skills clinics led by former national champion mountain-biker Jacquie Phelan. From $100 a day. (415) 459-0980 or www.wombats.org.
MOAB, UT. Dreamride. From $595 for a three-day vacation package including a one-day skills clinic (lodging not included). 59 E. Center St.; (435) 259-6419 or www.dreamride.com.
SEATTLE. Singletrack Ranch. Multiday skills clinics taught by ultramarathon mountain-bike racer John Stamstad. From $925 for three days (lodging included). (888) 310-1212 or www.singletrackranch.com.
WEST REDDING, CT. Dirt Camp. One-day and multiday classes. Through mid-Oct. From $90 a day. (800) 711-3478 or www.dirtcamp.com.