Although Morzine has some of the best mountain biking in the world with its 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. Prices do not include lift passes or guides, however, we can organise everything for you to make it hassle free!
Prices per person, return transfer only based on 5 people minimum
- Pila, Italy - €50
- La Thuile, Italy - €45
- Aosta Valley Freeride Tour - €800 total cost for any size group up to 7. Including a guide and uplift van for the entire day**
- La Clusaz - €35
- Samoens, France - €25
- Les Carroz, France - €25
- Morgins, Switzerland - €25
Lift passes out of the Portes du Soleil range from €20 - €30, guides are dependent on location and services required.
Some firm favourites for a day trip away from Morzine are definitely Pila and La Thuile 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 a DH focused Bike Park, but also has plenty of options for the long travel enduro bike. You do not necessarily need a guide here as the trails are easily found, though a day riding with our friends at Three Seasons Bike will open up some incredible terrain on the enduro bike.
La Thuile is an enduro paradise. 150mm or more is recommended, there are a few easier trails but there is a reason this resort appears on the EWS circuit so often, it's natural, raw, steep and technical. A guide is advisable to make the most of the terrain here.
The Aosta Valley Tour is all about accessing the adventure. This is a huge day out on the bike an shows off some beautiful, high alpine terrain that is a once in a lifetime experience. These guys have been riding beyond the bike parks for years and have some truly special trails up their sleeves. **They are also extremely hard to get booked on with due to demand and limited vans, so get those requests in early!
La Clusaz with 18 tracks and 3 lifts La Clusaz is a hidden gem, only 1hr 20 mins from Morzine this destination is well worth a trip.
Samoens is not far from Morzine at all, but the terrain is very different, long alpine forest runs, often left raw and untouched, range from steep and technical to open and flowy, with multiple lines. It's all about the trail bike here. Due to the lack of bike traffic, this is a good place to get that loam fix. *Loam not included in the price.
Les Carroz is a downhill bike big day out. The French National Championships were held here in 2017 and you can see why, roots, rocks and very fast. It's not far off another Pleney, though no hill could ever quite take Pleney's crown.
Morgins is part of the Portes du Soleil, so your week-long lift pass works here! Why take a transfer? It's a time thing, we can get you there for first lifts and you can leave after the lifts have shut having had that all important post ride beer...It's all about the DH bike here, with some of the best trail builders in the Alps keeping these iconic runs pumping.
For more information in resort ask one of the mtbbeds staff members and they can point you in the right direction for an amazing day trip away on the bikes from Morzine.
Moon dust explosions in Pila
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 Rientro trail, an 11km monster that drops 1200m that runs from 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.
La Thuile is the go to destination for Enduro riding in the Alps
La Thuile - this place is the 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 the push from 3 rounds of the Enduro World Series, this Enduro riding mecca has been brought to life. This is no place for a beginner though with two blue flow trails and the rest graded red and black. The natural nature of the trails mean many of the reds would border on black in other parks.
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 the glacier d'assaly and the surrounding mountains. It decends down a rocky, grassy ridge then drop into some steep tech before continuing another 500 metres down the hill through woods and rooty single track. Another epic trail in la Thuile is La Tour, this is a 5.1k long trail with a 729 metre descent and will blow your Enduro MTB socks off. Get this day trip booked it's one of the best days riding a mountain bike you will ever have.
La Thuile is an Enduro mountain bike mecca...
Samoens. A quiet trail bike gem in the Haute Savoie
We've been riding this little tucked away resort for several years, it's found at the base of the Grand Massif ski area. A village packed full of character and charm, it's relaxed mountain vibe tells little of the incredible, growing network of trails found in the mountains surrounding it.
With marked trails, predominantly red or black graded it's a zone for experienced riders. It rides like La Thuile, more a natural bike park than the traditional berms and jumps you'd find elsewhere. The riding here is raw and though well maintained, rugged and loose. The trails are all long and feature packed, descending the South face of the mountain in Samoens village, accessed by a single cable car, and for the months of August a second chairlift.
Foot out, flat out
In 2015 the village hosted an EWS, where Richie Rude claimed his first race win, and Matt Walker came inside the top 20 on a downhill bike! So you can imagine the riding here is focused on the downs rather than painful liaisons. With a cheap lift ticket and a peaceful river to dunk yourself in with a beer after riding it's an alpine must do.
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