Morzine mountain biking is world famous. The area is known for its extensive trail network with some of the best Downhill and Enduro trails in the world. This recognition as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world was cemented when the first world cup races were held just over the hill in Les Gets back in the early 90's. Portes du Soleil mountain biking really became famous when Steve Peat secured the world cup overall in Les Gets in 2004. The area was renowned for its steep, technical and occasionally very wet trails, therefore perfect for hosting the biggest downhill mountain biking event in the world. The Maxxis wet scream was designed for the races in Les Gets and Morzine and trust us, we still use them, when it’s not 35 degrees and sunny.
Morzine is located in the northern French alps, in a region of France called the Rhone Alps. Some might know it better as part of the Portes du Soleil. In the past, Morzine was a small French mountain village frequented by the French locals from surrounding towns and villages for skiing and walking/hiking. That was until Easyjet started flying to Geneva in the 90’s. Now Morzine is a large town with a permanent population during the summer and winter months. During the winter months the English make up the majority of the tourists and the summer is now much the same.
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Morzine is now one of the most popular mountain biking destinations in the world, second only to Whistler in Canada. The mtb terrain and lift system that surrounds Morzine and extends out into the vast Portes du Soleil is the second largest in the world and has allowed a mountain biking trail network to be developed unlike any other in the world.
Over the past few years mountain biking in Morzine has seen a huge amount of development with the new Pleney lift and the red trail on the Morzine side of town. Up on the Super Morzine side there is also a brand new lift which has opened up a new area for a Blue and Green track that was built in 2016. All this development means better biking facilities and more variety of trails catering for riders from beginner to professional.
Lifts are the name of the game in Morzine
There are many reasons why Morzine has grown into one of the biggest and best mountain bike destinations in the world and become such a popular destination for British MTB tourists. Morzine itself is located only 1 hour 20 minutes from one of Europe's busiest airports, Geneva. You can fly into Geneva from Leeds, Newcastle, Southampton, London, Bristol to name a few, all within 1.5hrs. Once you arrive at Geneva, jump on a mini bus supplied by our Partners at Skiidygonzles and within 4 hours, from door to door give or take you will have arrived at the best MTB accommodation in Europe in the biggest bike park in Europe, It’s that easy.
Also, for those of you that are not so fond of flying you can always drive. It's 8 hours from Calais to Morzine, driving also presents an option to save a lot of money on flights and transfers and can give you an extra day’s riding if you go through the night. There are €70 of tolls each way and fuel is around €1.50 per litre on the motorways.
It's not just the ease of travel that brings people on mountain biking holidays to Morzine, it's the sheer size of the place and it's ability as a resort to provide trails and activities to cater for every ability, need and desire. From family mtb trails winding down the gradual pistes of Les Gets to the huge Slopestyle course over in Chatel with 60ft step downs and everything in between. Morzine is located in the very centre of the Portes du Soleil which is one of the largest linked ski and MTB areas in the world, see some facts and figures regarding the summer below.
The Facts, The Figures - Morzine
- Over 600kms of mountain biking trails
- Over 50 official Downhill MTB trails
- 24 mechanical chair and bubble lifts
- 2 countries (France and Switzerland) linked via 12 resorts
- 25 mountain bike schools
- Over 20 bike shops
- Hundreds of unofficial trails
- Upto 80km of XC and Enduro
The stunning view from the top of the Pleney mountain
With this extensive lift and trail network it really does make Morzine more a must for any level of mountain biker out there. Be it with the lads, the family or friends there is a track and a trail for everyone. Morzine is well known for it's super steep, fast and technical terrain and that is what initially put it on the map and is still what brings many of the world’s best Downhill mountain bikers back to Morzine for training and simple fun year after year.
However over recent years things have started to change as the resort has realised it not all about the steep stuff, now Chatel is leading the charge for the Slopestyle riding with some unbelievable jump/berm tracks and Les Gets with its ever growing Green and Blue family/coaching trails. The beauty of staying in Morzine accommodation is that you really are in the middle of this huge MTB mecca and can pick and choose what terrain you want to ride dependant on ability, weather, equipment and simple personal preference. If it rains, go to Les Gets, it's hard pack trails drain the water quickly. If the sun is blazing head out for the day over to Switzerland and up the Mossettes lift to the highest peak in the Portes du Soleil at 2400m.
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