Fan of mountain biking? Today we present to you an exclusive selection of some of the best bike parks in France and Switzerland. The season is open! All of the parks featured here are suitable for advanced and professional runners, as well as intermediate and beginner runners. The views that the slopes offer are breathtaking. An adventure in the mountains that you will never forget.
Mountain biking: the best bike parks in France
There is something really special about the Alps. If you’ve ever spent a lot of time there, you already know that. And, if you’ve been lucky enough to visit other great mountain ranges, you’ll know that there is something unique about the Alps that you won’t find anywhere else: an atmosphere, a culture and a way of exceptional life. If you love mountain biking, the Alps are undoubtedly the place to be.
1. Les Deux Alpes, France
Les Deux Alpes is in the top 3 of the best bicycle parks in the world. A very well placed place and with an incomparable quality / price ratio, it is not surprising that this mountain bike touring park comes in third position. When the Crankworx team came to Europe, they chose Les Deux Alpes, which should tell you a lot about what you can find there. 2,300 meters of vertical drop, from an altitude of 3,200 meters to 960 meters in one fell swoop, makes it one of the largest bicycle parks in the Alps! Great, no ?
What a magical sight !
2. Ascent of Alpe d’Huez, France
Alpe D’Huez is perhaps the most interesting bicycle park on the list and also the best known in France. The height difference is 1,090 meters. The ascent has a profile of 13.8 km at 7.9% average. This bike park welcomes nearly 2,500 riders every July for a single crazy week – the biggest mass mountain biking event. And of course, any bike park that has hosted downhill mountain bike world champion Nicolas Vouilloz for 10 years as a bike ambassador, must be damn good.
Haute-Savoie by bike, France
In summer, the ski resorts of Haute-Savoie open their cable cars and gondolas to mountain bikers, and the slopes of the highest peaks in Europe become the playground for equipped riders. On these rugged terrain, judicious use of the lifts can give you hours of descent. Some resorts in the immense Franco-Swiss area of Portes du Soleil, such as Les Gets, even have bike parks with freestyle tracks, launchers, jumps or banked turns, while in Verbier mountain bikers explore narrow and steep paths with steep slopes. local guides.
3. Les Gets and Morzine, France
Again, these are two technically separate bike parks, but they are often ridden together as there are tracks and lifts connecting the two hubs to make the transition easier. It is therefore normal to do tours at each location on the same day. Les Gets Bike Park is probably the first that comes to mind when you talk about mountain biking destinations in Europe. Steeped in the history of mountain biking, Les Gets pioneered lift-accessible cycle paths in the Alps and has hosted world-class events for almost two decades.
There are trails for beginners and professionals alike, and a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere in town, contributing to its outstanding reputation. Just above the hill is Morzine Bike Park – smaller in terms of number of trails but also difficult; steeper and with endless line options in the woods thanks to the ingenious inhabitants. The city is bigger, with plenty of bike-friendly accommodation options and a more lively nightlife.
This produces an almost perfect combination of trails and off-bike activities spread between the two towns. And as if that were not enough, Les Gets and Morzine are part of the immense Portes du Soleil region which stretches over 12 resorts as far as Champéry in Switzerland! But you will have a hard time getting there in a day, you have to be really motivated and strong to get there. And all of this just over an hour from Geneva airport, making it the must-see destination for thousands of British riders looking to go on big downhill mountain biking every summer..
4. Tignes – Val d’Isère, France
Any free-access bicycle park immediately ranks among the top 10 best places for mountain biking. Tignes Bike Park offers a lot for very little or next to nothing. With its tracks professionally developed by Yannick and the BikeSolutions gang, huge vertical lifts, silent and magnificent landscapes, Tignes is an increasingly famous place for mountain biking. With relatively quiet lines and miles of impressive trails, Tignes has the potential to go even further.
5. Lake District, Jura, France
If the Jura can be explored very well on foot, it is also a destination of choice for mountain biking tours. Several marked routes of different levels dot the department. The “93 red” circuit, 24 km long, takes you to explore the Lakes region. From the large Clairvaux lake, the route joins the shores of Lake Vouglans, which it runs along for a while, then climbs back up to the Petit Lac, to the north, before ending its loop bypassing the Grand lac on the other side. Spectacular views guaranteed !
6. Châtel, France
Located on the Franco-Swiss border, Châtel bike park is part of the enormous Portes du Soleil region. If you want natural mountain biking trails, they are certainly available, as the Portes du Soleil connects many different resorts with a network of ski lifts and trails. So there are plenty of options for exploring this area. But it’s the downhill and freeride slopes that Châtel really excels at. artificial descent and freeride that Châtel really excels.
Mountain biking: the best bike parks in Switzerland
France and Switzerland are all close and what connects them, these the Alps. Now let’s discover some of the best mountain bike trails in Switzerland..
1. Flims-Laax, Switzerland
With three distinct areas Flims, Laax and Falera, the region offers a total of more than 330 km of mountain bike trails. It’s a true freerider’s paradise in Switzerland! If you are looking for DH trails, you will find less here than in Châtel. Indeed, Flims is more than a mountain bike touring park. There is definitely room for everyone here, with easy ski routes and tough free ride descents. In autumn 2012, the International Mountain Cycling Association awarded TREK Runcatrail in Flims the “Flow Country Trail” label. It is a six kilometer course which makes it one of the longest courses in Europe. Everyone can find their place here and enjoy it to the fullest.
2. Lenzerheide Bike Park, Switzerland
During the summers of 2013 and 2014, the Lenzerheide Bike Park was built between the Scharmoin middle station and the Rothorn valley station, with the aim of offering all mountain biking enthusiasts a varied playground, suitable for beginners as well as professionals. The terrain is less steep with a lot of flow, turns and small jumps. The track is suitable for all runners, whether for the first time or to take it to the next level. Perfect place for beginners and families.
3. Saint Luc Bike Park, Val d´Anniviers, Switzerland
The Saint Luc Bike Park is open from June to October with three downhill trails for all levels: blue, red, black. The tracks are equipped with berms, hillocks and jumps on the north shore. Access to the top of the trails is by funicular or lift. But still, a mountain restaurant awaits you at the top of the trails to eat and drink. You can also spend the night there after a day of hiking and a few extra beers !
4. Verbier-La Tzoumaz, Switzerland
Since 2010, the Promobike Verbier / St-Bernard organization, led by Fabrice Tirefort alias “Trifon”, a former UCI World Cup rider, has been in charge of mountain biking development in the Verbier / St-Bernard region. Its motto is quality and diversity, not quantity. The mountain biking parks operate 7 days a week. 5 DH tracks were initially created between 2010 and 2011 (1 blue, 2 red, 1 yellow and 1 black) and completed in 2013.
In 2014, a new step was taken: 2 new red DH trails and 21 enduro routes. The new DH tracks are between 2,475m and 2,200m. With its 2.1 km long and its 307m vertical drop, the new Rôdze Trail looks like a real BMX downhill track. It has a total of 65 jumps, built to be accessible to all skill levels – 4-5m long with soft landings. The landscape is not to be outdone either, at this altitude you have a magnificent view of the Grand Combin glacier and the famous “Dents du Midi”.
5. Wiriehron Bike Park in Zwischenflüh, Switzerland
In summer, the Wiriehorn ski lifts offer push scooters, bockerls and bicycles. The asphalt, downward road descends gently into the valley from the Nüegg upper station in long, long sweeps.
6. Engadin Saint Moritz, Switzerland
Watching the sunrise over the mountains of Switzerland from Piz Nair at an altitude of 3,056 m is a truly magical experience. As part of the mountain biking opportunities in St. Moritz, it is possible to be the first on the mountain with your bike to have breakfast in the mountain top restaurant and watch the sunrise. Then you can take one of the hundreds of cycle paths in the valley again. A breathtaking place !
7. Neuchâtel – La Chaux-de-Fonds – Couvet – Neuchâtel, Switzerland
The Neuchâtel cycle path leads through the Neuchâtel Jura mountains with superb natural sites such as the Creux du Van and the Saut du Doubs. Unforgettable landscapes through pine forests, vineyards, along ridges and through the upper and lower valleys of the township. The first kilometers lead you to Chaumont. Take your time and enjoy the magnificent view of the city of Neuchâtel and its majestic lake. After crossing the Val-de-Ruz, you will reach the Col de la Vue des Alpes, which is aptly named and offers a breathtaking view of the Alps. The town of La Chaux-de-Fonds boasts famous former inhabitants, among them the architect Le Corbusier and the automobile pioneer Louis Chevrolet. It is still considered the birthplace of the watch industry.
8. Crans-Montana Bike Park, Switzerland
The Crans-Montana bike park has two other downhill trails: one black and one red. Throughout the ski area, there are routes with panoramic views over the Rhône Valley separated by forest tracks and technical sections of the track. At the end of the tracks there are two north shore areas and a pumping station. The black track at Chetzeron hosted the Swiss iXS Cup in 2005. It is 5.3 km long and suitable for advanced runners. It is made up of several technical sections in the forest and the rocks, with different jumps, and often offers two different possibilities to cross the line. The red track of Mont-Lachaux is 6 km long and suitable for intermediate runners. It has turns, jumps and sections of forest, with an emphasis on basic obstacles.
How magnificent! So, have you already chosen the destination for your next vacation? You see that there are quite a few destinations to check.
You don’t have to be a pro in hiking to enjoy the breathtaking views of these magical places. Going to the mountains for a little walk is always a great idea. Spending more time in nature is really very important for our well-being and mental as well as physical health..