Mountain biking in Morzine and the Portes du Soleil continues to grow in popularity and yearly trail improvements ensure it remains at the forefront of Alpine mountain biking.
The trail systems are well developed and clearly marked using a green, blue, red and black grading system. All different types of riding are catered for but the vast majority of runs are for experienced riders only – beginner to extreme (world cup) downhill, north shore, skills areas, bike parks with a diverse mix of single track and cross country loops which span the Portes du Soleil.
The area has more bike parks and maintained and graded trails than many other alpine resort-with Pleney, Nyon and Super Morzine in Morzine, Chavannes and Nauchets in Les Gets, Les Lindarets , and for experts Plane Dranse in Chatel and Les Crosets to Champery.
Mountain biking in Morzine
The Pass’portes du Soleil MTB event at the end of June marks the opening of the high lifts and the start of the summer MTB season. Ride a set course round the PDS, a distance of around 80km with subscriptions starting in February and places booking up very quickly.
To get the most out of the area most riders will want to take advantage of the lift system. Prices start at around 25€ for a day pass PDS, 95€ for 6 days PDS.
If you are thinking of bringing your own MTB to the alps, make sure it is suitable for freeriding and downhill activities with 2.5” wide downhill tyres, 6” plush suspension front and rear and 8” disc brakes as a minimum. You will also need a full face helmet and if you are a beginner you should invest in full body armour or at least arm and knee pads. It is worth bringing a small ‘camelbak’ type backpack with water, sunscreen and spare innertubes, brake pads, chain links and a few tools, spare jersey and waterproof.
There are many mountain bike hire shops in Morzine that will set you up fully with everything you could possibly need so you can try before you commit buying.