The Portes du Soleil (PDS) is the biggest lift assisted mountain bike area in Europe containing 650 km of marked trails. The scope here is just incredible and anyone who visits leaves wanting to come back wondering what could be in store for them on their next trip, amateurs, pro's and weekend warriors alike.
One of the Portes du Soleils trump cards is the access to the trails and the resorts that connect them. There are 24 chairlifts giving access to Morzine, Les Gets, Chatel, Morgins, Les Crosets and Champery. Within this vast area, there trails to suit every rider depending on discipline and ability, whether blasting down the steeps of the Champery World Cup track or enjoying the mellow descents and incredible scenery that can be found in Les Gets.
Having lived in Morzine for many years and explored all that the PDS has to offer, team MTB Beds Factory Racing (Check us on Facebook) we've put together their favourite trails to give you an idea of we like to ride and maybe give you that bit of info you never knew you were looking for!
I've got this inherent “need for speed” whenever i get on a bike, be it finding silly gaps to hit or smashing down trails on the fastest line from top to bottom. I've spent the past 7 summer Season in Morzine and in this time it's possible i've ridden everything on offer, some maybe more than others!
My favourite trail ever has to be Schladming's world cup track. It has the perfect combination of raw speed with technical and physical terrain, it's true what they say about this legendary trail. Having raced it for IXS Cups in the past those flat grassy turns at the bottom hold incredible memories
When it comes to picking out one favourite trail in the PDS, tough call! there is so much variety of trail types ranging from flowing turns and jumps to all-out technical with roots and steep loamy turns, finding that perfect combination in a track is never easy. lf I had to choose i'd have think, what could I ride all day every day? Has to be Le Pleney Main Line. Combining speed with some awesome jumps and the infamous 10% it's so much fun pushing the limits of grip and your nerve when dropping in on the black trail.
Loose and hard on the rear wheel, normally trying to ride faster than my skills allow.
There are so many ridiculous trails in the Portes du Soleil, you only have to venture five minutes up the Pleney gondola from the centre of Morzine to discover some of the steepest, rooty, technical trails in the world. One trail built by some local legends called "Ginger C" defines the Pleney terrain and if your feeling confident on the bike there is no better trail. Fast, ridiculously steep, off camber, exposed, jumps, it has it all!
However, if you asked me for the one official trail I could ride all day every day it would be the Swiss National from the top of the Mossettes lift. This trail has three defined sections starting steep and rocky, then going into some great jumps and then flat out to finish. It just works, has consequences if you overshoot or pick a bad line into the rock but gets you super stoked if you link it up! An MTB Beds team favourite for sure!
The Swiss National
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Wish I was Sam Hill but talent gets in the way of reality
Of all the trails i'm lucky enough to ride, it's got to be something in Finale Ligure or La Thuile that would creep to the top, or maybe Samoens, or maybe home here in Morzine, there is some great stuff in La Clusaz......To pin down one i'd say Lupin in La Thuile. The perfect combination of long, fast, technical with every kind of corner imaginable, scary too.
As long as a trail has natural flow and works, it's fun for me. I think the biggest grins i've had riding would be found on steep, technical trails or everyone's favourite, fresh fresh fluffy dirt or dust that gets in your teeth, looser the better. At home in Morzine i'd have to pick Le Tour de Mont Chery. Not a bike park trail and it takes some effort to get there, but there's so many memories on this trail and it's steep, fast and technical sections, sometimes you have to work! If it's lift assisted quite frankly as Fergus has picked Pleney mainline already it's got to be Champery's World Cup track. Though it's changed so much since it was created, it's still so much fun, check the video here or any YouTube clip of any World Cup there to see why!
Champery World Cup
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