Although Morzine has some of the best mountain biking in the world with it’s vast 650 km of trails spread out over 12 resorts connected by 24 lifts over two countries with 50+ official downhill tracks and an 80 km Enduro loop, sometimes, only sometimes is it nice to visit other resorts.
Morzine is the mountain bike mecca of Europe and it also happens to be in the centre of the Northern Alps where there is a vast amount of alternative resorts to visit all within a 2 hour drive from Morzine. See here a list of Just a few, prices from €30 - €50 per person depending on destination.
- Pila, Italy
- La Thuile, Italy
- Crans-Montana, Switzerland
- Verbier, Switzerland
- La Clusaz, France
- Chamonix, France
- Samoens, France
- Les Carroz, France
Some firm favourites for a day trip away from Morzine are definitely Crans-Montana and Verbier in Switzerland with them being only 1.5hrs away, then Pila in Italy. Everything is better in Italy! There are many options however and it all depends on what terrain your group wants to ride, Pila is mostly dirt, where as Crans-Montana has a lot of rock faces and Verbier is boulder land. There are many option so just ask one of the mtbbeds staff members and they can point you in the right direct for an amazing day trip away on the bikes from Morzine.
Pila has every type of terrain possible
Pila Bike Park, Italy
Pila was the first resort in the Aosta Valley to build a downhill track, located just 30 minutes through the Mt Blanc tunnel this one is a must. There are now some serious tracks here from the World Cup track to the European IXS track. Both are steep, fast and rocky with the ability to challenge the very best of riders. Pila is also famous for its 11km, 1700 meter drop in altitude track running from it’s mid station down into the town of Aosta itself. With varied terrain from mud, dust, berms, roots, steps and so on this is one of the longest and most fun tracks we have ever ridden. Go to Pila, It’s rad, they also do amazing pizza and coffee.
Verbier Bike Park, Switzerland
Another one high on the list to visit is Verbier with it’s high alpine riding, rocks and flat out IXS track it again has the ability to test the best. That being said Verbier now has 7 downhill tracks that cater for all abilities of MTB from the great Blue track that winds down the midsection of the mountain and has some great berms, small jumps and drops to the Woooohhh free ride black with it’s north shore and drops. Thanks to the opening of the two new red tracks in 2014, the Bike Park now has a total vertical drop of over 880m. One of these tracks is already famous thanks to its 65 jumps and its amazing view of the the Dents-du-Midi. Verbier is located 1h 45 minutes from Morzine and you might even drive through Chamonix and see the huge Mt Blanc if you visit this one.
Which track will you choose in Verbier
Crans-Montana is a hidden gem in the Swiss Alps, just 20 minute further on from Verbier this little ski resort home to the rich and famous has some amazing downhill trails that descend through some crazy scenery and terrain. What Crans-Montana say about their trails
The Red - It is a pleasure to ride on this downhill mountain bike route of medium difficulty, with its banked turns, small jumps and tree roots to cross, all in a breathtaking scenario! The trail is permanent, safe and closed to walkers.
The Black tracks very own cave system in Crans-Montana
The Black - For advanced riders who want to time their descents, this difficult downhill trail is challenging and includes technical passages over rocky slabs and tree roots. The trail, which is completely safe and protected by nets and padding, is permanent and closed to walkers. The black track is the reason you lists this place, you have to ride it to believe it really, it's like riding through different countries, terrain and climates all in one track.
La Thuile is the new go to destination for Enduro riding in the Alps
La Thuile - NOW this place is the new go to destination in the Italian Alps for Enduro mountain biking. The trails in La Thuile are insane thanks to the guys at La Thuile MTB and also the Enduro World series trail builders who have brought this Enduro riding mecca to life. There is something for everyone in La Thuile from fast flowing blue trails that blast down the mountain to savagely steep, rocky double black trails that will test the best in the world.
Our favourite it Cambogia. This is a 3.8km trail the decends 700 metres down the mountain and it is unreal. Cambogia starts at the top of a 2 minute push up with the most incredible back drop of Mt Blanc and the surround mountain, it decends down a rocky, grassy ridge then drop into some steep technical rock before continuing another 500 metres down the hill through woods and technical single track. Another epic trail in la Thuile is La Serva, this is a 5.1k long trail with a 729 metre decent and will blow your Enduro MTB socks off. Get this day trip booked asap it's one of the best days riding a mountain bike you will ever have.
La Thuile is an Enduro mountain bike mecca...
Booking your day trip
If you fancy a day trip away to one of these resorts just let us know via email or when we check you into your accommodation in Morzine, prices vary depending on group numbers, which resort you would like to visit and the tolls on the road involved.
We use 2 partner companies to take our clients to these alternative resorts, they have great bike trailers and decent transfer vans so you can travel in comfort and the knowledge that you are in good hands. We have been doing these days trips for many years now and they only seem to get better.
New for 2017 will be day trips with Aosta Freeride where you will have a guide and get the chance to ride the incredible trails of La Thuile and some secret ones they have developed over the years. This is best ridden on a trails bike between 150-180mm.
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