Mountain Biking in the French Alps
The French Alps and it's incredible network and miles of track make it one of the best mountain bike destinations with regular flights to Geneva, Grenoble and Nice providing easy access to the resorts, you can often be riding the same day you fly, alternatively, a drive down opens up the opportunity to string a few resorts together for an epic riding holiday and you get to take all your own kit!
The opening dates for all the summer lifts vary and are subject to change due to weather conditions and snow coverage. As a general rule, they're usually open from early June to the end of August. If you would like to know more, including where to stay and rates, please call our friendly team of experts on 023 9283 9310.
Mountain biking in Portes du Soleil
You can purchase a Portes du Soleil MTB lift pass for around 27.50€ for access to all four Bike Parks, which can be reached using the 19 mountain lifts open all summer!
Châtel Mountain Bike Park: There are 20 tracks from the ultra-technical packed with roots and steps, to wide and smooth runs with easy jumps, shore sections and serious freeride lines, as well as cruiser routes for beginners.
Les Gets Bike Park: This park has been a must-do MTB venue for almost two decades. There are around 12 DH tracks, 6 all-mountain XC routes and the Canyon freeride slope There's also 6 tracks for beginners and 6 for more experienced riders.
Morzine Bike Park: Morzine's MTB facilities are either side of the village; on the Super Morzine side (part of the Avoriaz sector), you'll find 5 maintained DH tracks and 2 new additions, as well as many ultra-tricky routes. The second side is on the Pleney, where the signposted tracks are in the main easier and aimed at a less experienced level of rider, from beginners to intermediate.
A date for the diary: The 16th edition of the Pass'Portes du Soleil will be held the 28th, 29th and 30th June 2019! This is an organised mountain bike ride in both France and Switzerland where you can discover the Portes du Soleil terrain! There's an 80 km route taking in 15 lifts! Find out more on the Pass'Portes du Soleil website.
Mountain biking in Les Deux Alpes
22nd June to 31st August 2019
Les Deux Alpes is brilliant for mountain biking, with its huge mixture of trails for both those wanting to give it a go and pros. Highlights include family-friendly areas, green trails and more challenging red and black trails - experienced and more daring riders will enjoy Fury, a competition level trail and the renowned piste de Venosc.
With 2,300 metres of vertical drop, going from altitudes of 3,200 metres to 960 metres in one fell swoop makes it one of the largest bike parks in the Alps! The resort organises MTB event throughout the summer, and with 4 sectors, 6 lifts, 91 km of runs, 22 downhill runs (2 green, 8 blue, 8 red and 4 black plus the elite trail "Fury") a dedicated beginners’ site in the Vallee Blanche sector (with green runs and Alpine mountain biking discovery workshops) and more you're sure to be entertained!
The Bike Park Experience pass provides access to all the ski lifts that are linked to the Bike Park, which is open from the 22nd of June until the 31st of August 2019.
The pass is available for 1 to 6-days for four different age brackets.
(Age 13 to 64)
|Children / Senior citizens
(Age 5-12 and 65 to 71)
|4 hours illimited||20.00 €||16.00 €|
|Full day||26.50 €||21.00 €|
|2 days||46.50 €||37.00 €|
|3 days||66.50 €||53.00 €|
|4 days||79.50 €||63.00 €|
|5 days||93.00 €||73.50 €|
|6 days||106.00 €||84.00 €|
|MTB SEASON PASS||265.00 €||210.00 €|
Under 5s and over 72s get a free pass.
A date for the diary: 28th to 30th June sees Mountain of Hell return to Les 2 Alpes. It's a freeride downhill mountain biking competition open to international downhill experts as well as amateur riders! The event attracts up to 700 riders annually and consists of two races plus a children's race. The highlight of the event is 25km of downhill riding from the top of the glacier - there's snow, rocks, single tracks, steps, and sheer descents! Find out more and register on the Les 2 Alpes Tourist Office website.
Mountain biking in Tignes
29th June to 1st September 2019
Tignes is situated high above the tree-line and known for its fast, open, rocky trails. Part of the Tignes Val d’Isère mountain biking area and access to the 5 mountain bike lifts and slopes are FREE with the My Tignes activity card!
MTB in Tignes is for all levels of riders. You will find beginner and family trails, practise areas, full on downhill and freeride tracks and miles of singletrack - all very well signposted.
There's also a bike park, a water jump and an airbag that you can practise on too, depending on how brave you're feeling, plus you can link up to neighbouring Val d'Isere really easily and make the most of up to 150km of great riding!