Back in 2009 and fresh out of university Rich Wilford packed up the bags and jumped on a plane to Morzine, it was time to spend the next 5 months snowboarding, drinking a few beers and doing the seasonaire thing in French Alps. As many who come for just the season do, the permanent move was made and after 3 years of living the good life without a care in the world, skiseasonbeds.com was born. Yes, MTB Beds started as a winter company.
MTB Beds followed the very next year in 2012, created from a passion and stoke for riding bikes in the cultural home of European mountain biking, Morzine. It has grown from a one man band to a team of 5 in 2020, with a further 8 staff joining us each season in Finale Ligure and Morzine, with Aosta and Schladming up and running with countless long term partners and friends who all come together to create one of the best mountain bike holiday experiences found anywhere. You can read all about the team here.
Morzine village is a beautiful place in the summer
Why Morzine? In the Winter the Portes du Soleil is the largest linked ski area in the World with 12 resorts spread out across two countries, linked via 180 lifts and 650km of pistes, it's thriving community of locals and expats create one of the best seasonal and weekly ski experiences on the planet.
In the summer, the Portes du Soleil turns into the biggest bike park in Europe with 7 resorts including the likes of Les Gets, Chatel, Champery, Morzine and Morgins to name a few. These world famous mountain bike resorts are all linked via 24 lifts, one lift pass and can all be accessed without a car from Morzine. It's community in the summer months is perhaps even more vibrant, with less hustle and bustle but still enough atmosphere to create more than just a mountain bike holiday, people come for a week or a season and feel like they are part of something, a greater family and the draw to return year after year is so strong many UK Expats now call the Morzine area home.
We now split our time between Morzine, Finale Ligure and Bristol. Morzine was our first and still most popular destination with over 10 properties now and years of experience running MTB specific holidays behind us. We believe this allows us to provide the best mountain bike holidays possible and is home base for mainland European operations.
Finale Ligure in Italy is where we now run mounatin bike tours for the longest period (Spring, early summer and Autumn) and has some of the best trails in the world, hands down. The Enduro World series and the bike racing season in general have been finishing their year on the Ligurian coast for many years now, with the Mediterranean sea, Italian hospitality, great weather, gelato and great food, the end of season party is legendary!
Bristol is where the control centre is, the office, based in the city centre a stone's throw from some of the biggest names in the bike industry, we are in a great little action sports and mountain bike family.
Epic riding in Aosta
The business is ever growing, started by brothers Rich and Dave or Dickie and Pile, don't ask. After two ski seasons out in France Rich broke his ankle on Le Pleney and whilst sat on the sofa with his leg up in the air the penny dropped and skiseasonbeds.com was born, 2 years later mtbmorzinebeds.com and now mtbbeds.com. Dave is the brains behind the website, Rich is the man at the top of the tree, the brains and the face of the business, and Ben who joined in 2013 and keeps all the balls in play across Europe developing new locations and helping Tom our resort manager run existing ones. With Sarah in the office with Rich full time and Scott Windsor on board as our media guru we are We also have seasonal workers out in France and Italy who are the guys you meet on holiday, without whom we wouldn't exist.
We are fortunate enough to partner with some of the best names in the industry, Fox Head, Transition Bikes, Peaty's Products, Deity Components, GoPro, DMR, One Up, Smith, Five Ten and Velo Forte aswell as Yellow Jersey Insurance, and our partnership with B1ke to give something back to the grass roots of the sport.
Of course all of this is underwritten by top level insurance with Travel Vault and subsidiary companies in France and Italy, we are Brexit proof, we are built for the future, we contribute and employ in every area we operate and you money is protected every step of the way.
The future hopefully involves more resorts, more idea and concepts and trying to bring the best mountain biking from around the world to our clients, whilst riding our bikes as much as possible and keeping the good times coming. See you soon, keep it fully open and rubber side down.