About Aosta Valley Epic Mountain Bike Tour in Aosta Valley
Operating Period 2020 - June 07 - September 27
We have been traveling to the Aosta Valley since 2009 for our Italian mountain bike fix and it has been a labour of love to create an epic mountain bike holiday for our clients in this incredible corner of the Italian Alps but we finally feel ready, this place is simply too good not to share.
From the Italian culture and their laid-back approach to life which moves at an even slower pace in these stunning alpine towns to their incredible food and wine this is much more than a mountain bike holiday. During your week you will ride everything from ancient Aostan single track walkers paths to the flat-out, raw, Enduro World Series stages in La Thuile. Whilst riding these epic trails you can always sense the vast, towering presence of the Four giants of the Alps towering 4000 metres above you including Mt Bianco, Cervino, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. You are truly riding in the presence of giants on our Aosta Valley Tours.
- Accommodation in a stunning B&B in the centre of Aosta town.
- Return airport transfers from Geneva, Milan or Turin Airport* with bike carriage.
- Amazing, locally sourced Breakfast
- Five full days of guiding in Pila, La Thuile and the Aosta Valley backcountry
- Crisp linen, towels and toiletries.
- Secure bike storage, bike wash down station with Peaty's Products and works area with Park Tool stand, brushes, tools and pump.
- SWAG BAG with legit goodies from our partners such as Peaty's,VeloForte, OneUp Components, Granite straps and FOX Racing.
- Welcome dinner and briefing with locally brewed beers
- Mechanic if required at cost
*Please enquire on airport transfers before booking as there maybe an increased charge for certain pick ups.
We'll have a welcome aperitivo on the Sunday evening with your guide for the week, to speak about the program, what you'll be riding and what you'll need. As well as picking the guides brains you'll also get to know your fellow companions, should you be a mixed group.
You will meet at 9h each morning, some days will start earlier in order to transfer you to the resort or location planned for the day. You'll ride until the lifts close or the shuttle finishes at around 1730h each day. Lunch will be taken at a variety of locations, from mountain refuge's and osteria's to a backpacked sandwich with an epic view.
Our Aosta Valley mountain bike tours principally run in the months of July and August, Sunday to Sunday. This allows us to utilise some of the best lift systems in the world and gain some huge altitude for our epic descents. Booking outside of these dates you will have an amazing, bespoke, shuttle van focused trip.
NB - Though we can operate an Epic Aosta Valley Tour from June through September, the lifts of Pila and La Thuile are open for July and August only. The Couis 1 Chairlift that accesses the very top of Pila operates from the end of July to the end of August.
What else we can provide
A 30% per person, non-refundable booking deposit is required to secure your place on the trip, the full balance is due 8 weeks before your arrival in Aosta.
We try to keep all groups together but sometimes when group numbers are odd you can be sharing with another party member.
If you would like your own room this is possible depending on availability. Please enquire for price.
What is the trip in a nutshell?
Based on 7 nights arriving Sunday and departing the following Sunday in the centre of of Aosta, capital of the Aosta Valley. The accommodation is a high end boutique bed & breakfast with plenty of old world character. Breakfast is provided everyday and dinner is provided on the first night in a local micro brewery. Riding with a guide is included for 5 days, including all the necessary lift passes and shuttle based uplifts to explore the Valley's incredible riding.
Sunday - Arrival
We will pick you or your group up at Geneva airport* at 1430h, we'll transfer you to Aosta where you will have a quick tour of the town and a briefing of the week with your guides over dinner. You'll decompress and build your bikes up.
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday - Shredding!
The program is not fixed, it hinges on what can be ridden on any given day but it will look something like this;
- Pila - More than a bike park, Pila is ridden to from the hotel and is all about some bike park runs to get your riding legs in gear, then some of the amazing natural singletrack and ridges surrounding the resort.
- La Thuile - An Enduro World Series rider favourite, the trails here are long, hard and amazing fun if you like natural singletrack. It's a challenging place to ride but hot damn it's worth the effort. Lunch is at a pretty special restaurant....
- Valley Shuttles - Driving out toward Monte Bianco, to get access to some back country zones before touring back to Aosta using the shuttle and some pedalling to maintain altitude.
- Valley Enduro - You'll aim for a range of peaks dependent on group fitness and enthusiasm. There will be some hike a bike and there will be some pedalling, between 1 and 2 hours dependent on the tour. This will be an incredible day. with ridiculously long trails. The beer will taste good.
- 'Jolly Day' - As Daniele our guide calls it, We leave one day in your hands, want to explore more, hit up some Aosta Valley shuttles? Return to Pila or La Thuile? All is at your fingertips.
Thursday is the down day, which can be shifted if it has to be due to the weather. It's a great day to hit up Pila, minutes from your hotel door.
Daniele, the owner of Three Seasons bike, our partner in Aosta will be on hand to help with anything you need throughout the week, from booking restaurants and sports massages to bike issues, he'll find a way to make it happen!
Sunday - Departure
We will collect you from the accommodation and transfer you down to Geneva airport.
Our van will leave Geneva Airport at 1430h or earlier if all clients have arrived. You should book flights that land before 1330h. Your arrival time in Aosta will be approximately 1630h.
Our van will leave Aosta at 10h sharp. Your arrival at Geneva airport will by 1230h. Departing Flights must be booked no earlier than 1430h. This timetable may move up on the morning if we note potential delays.
It is possible for you to arrive in the days before your trip to Aosta and transfer to Morzine. We will then take you from Morzine to Aosta directly on the Sunday morning at the start of your trip. Be advised that your accommodation may not be ready until 14h that day. You would depart Morzine at 8h.
A private transfer can be arranged at an extra cost if flights need to be booked earlier, later or from a different airport than Geneva. If you choose to book flights outside of these times we cannot be held responsible for missed flights.
Turin Airport - £POA
Milan Airport - £POA
- Advised bike - 150mm - 180mm + aggressive enduro bike *
- Fitness - 3*
- Skills and Technical ability - 3*
- Riding Style - All Natural / Spirit of Adventure
The riding standard and fitness level required to ride the Aosta Valley is high. This is not only for your enjoyment and personal safety, but it is also for the group as a whole. The riding can be very technical, long and exposed.
Please read our ability assessor and ask any questions before making your booking.
Follow our Ability Assessor to see if this holiday is for you
Please take a look at our Track Check video's here so you can see just how epic this destination is and what to expect
The Aosta Valley is a sensitive ecological area and the balance between those that use the mounatin is of vital importance to ensure mountain biking can stay in the region for years to come.
Downhill bikes are not permitted on the valley's trails that are shared with walkers.
We also ask you observe respect and local mountain culture. Though we do not insist, certain trails are best ridden in an open face helmet in order to not promote reckless riding or intimidate hikers.
Can I book as an individual?
Yes, but we need a minimum of 5 people to run the tour.
My group is over 7? Can we still come?
Places are limited to 7 due to van requirements. Groups of 10 -12 can be accommodated if booked far enough in advance to secure extra transport, guides and accommodation.
Can I change the arrival and departure dates?
The departure and arrival dates are Sunday to Sunday. Though you can arrive earlier or later in the week it will not decrease the cost and it will not change the tour program.
Can i travel to a different airport?
Transfers can be arranged from Turin airport subject to availability.
What is the cost without transfers as i want to make my own way to Aosta?
If transfers are not required the total cost of the trip is reduced by £80 per person.
What are the options at dinner?
On the first night of your arrival on the epic tour, we will eat together at a central Aostan microbrewery, where you will meet you guide(s) for the week and talk about the plan and logistics for riding over a locally brewed beer. Throughout the week there is an array of amazing restaurants in Aosta from fine dining to Trattoria, Pizza to Chinese.
What are the options at lunch?
Lunch will be at a variety of spots throughout Aosta. In the villages of La Thuile and Pila, in Aosta itself and around the Valley. A mix of Osteria's, cafe's and picnic lunch spots. Each will cost €10 - €20 per person.
I have a dietary requirement or choice?
Vegetarians or pescetarians are no problem, though please advise us on booking. Please contact us before booking if you are a vegan or have a medical dietary necessity to ensure your needs can be met.
Can I stay for less time?
Yes, please inquire with [email protected] and we can discuss the price for a shorter trip.
Is there anything like a bar, shop or bike shop where the accommodation is?
Yes, you are in the middle of Aosta, the capital of the region. Everything you could want or need is found minutes from your door.
How many trails will we ride each day?
Depending on the length of the trails and long it takes to get to them between 3 and 10 roughly.
How hard are the trails we will be riding?
There are not many easy trails in Aosta, they all present their challenges, some only in how long they are. But there is alot of technical riding, rocks, roots and exposure are common. If you are very comfortable riding technical red runs in your local bike park you should be ok. Read more in our Ability Assessor.
Is there any pushing or pedalling?
Yes, dependent on the day. For example in Pila you will not do any. In La Thuile very little, on some of the back country uplift days you may do as much as 30 minutes to 2 hours of pedalling and hiking in a day, the guide will assess the groups ability, fitness and desire to do the climbing and decide certain routes.
We would recommend an aggressive enduro bike for Aosta. It should be well maintained and modern so that parts can be sourced if they break. We suggest a minimum 0f 150mm/140mm travel and DH casing tyres setup tubeless.
What equipment should i bring?
Your bike and kit should be well prepared for long enduro rides away from bike shop support. You'll need to carry a pack with you at all times with hydration, jacket, a tube, pump, tyre levers and at least a basic multi-tool.
There are limited options for hire bikes and part availability in Aosta. We strongly advise you bring your bike ready to ride, fully serviced and that you bring as many spares as you might need. A broken part or component may mean the end of your ride in extreme circumstances.
You should bring an open face helmet, a full face aswell if you have the room, hydration pack and the protective equipment you would feel comfortable wearing.
Can i hire a bike?
Yes there is an option to rent directly from us a Transition Patrol or Sentinel here.
What is the average cost of a beer? An evening out?
A pint of Italian pilsner will set you back between €4.50 and €6 depending on where and when you buy it. Dinner in a decent restaurant will cost you around €8 - €20 per main course.
Will i need insurance?
Absolutely. With the UK's departure from the EU your EH111 card no longer covers medical care. You'll also want insurance against other circumstances such as bike theft, damage or cancellation for personal reasons. We recommend Yellow Jersey. Booking with us gets you a discount code for a 10% off.
After a days riding you can end up at Cafe de Velo, with aperitivo while sipping on a locally brewed ale, with a pit stop on the way back to your accommodation for some retail bike therapy with our friends at Swit Shop. Aperitivo is exactly that, working up an appetite before some local produce conjured up at the hip hole in the wall eatery Ocio or traditional Italian in the garden restaurant at Bataclan. Drinks? Find the busiest bar! Aosta has a vibrant, youthful culture but, this ain't Morzine and you're more likely to lose track of time and end up with a G&T at 3am talking to an Italian art collector than face down in the gutter covered in Jagermeister!
If once in a lifetime singletrack, epic scenery, amazing food and culture, all serviced by great people sounds like your bag, then hop in below and get a holiday booked to the Aosta Valley!
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