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Mountain Biking for beginners

If you can ride a bike, then you’ll love the Alps, whatever your ability! In all our resorts, you can enjoy mountain biking a multitude of off road routes along the valley floor and at altitude (using the lifts). The Alps were simply made for biking and all our destinations offer beginner and family trail riding; and of course free bike hire with all our holidays.

Tips for Mountain Biking Beginners

Are you new to Biking the Alps?

There’s a vast array of graded bike trails on offer in all our resorts, which means there’s something for everyone. Many trails use the lift system, so you can cover lots of cross-country miles with consummate ease. In fact, if you really want, you’ll never need to cycle uphill!

You can use one of our free mountain bikes (with front suspension) to explore valley floor trails and some of the gentler Green graded trails (using the lifts). But we’d recommend renting a full suspension ‘Pro Bike’ if biking is a priority for you and you wish to get the most out of your experience.

Family and Beginner riding

Families are in for a real treat! Explore a network of alpine tracks and trails that lead through forests, along rivers and even up at altitude (using the lifts). The high altitude lift assisted trails are limited, but the biggest selection are found in Morzine and Les Gets.

The local biking routes (in all resorts) offer a spectacular day out, with lake-side stopovers for lunch and paddle sports or a swim. Families with minimal off-road riding experience can use one or two of the local lifts to explore the easier ’family bike routes’ at altitude. 

You can book a mountain guide with our Active team in resort, (which is always recommended), and these expert riders will introduce you to the lift system and some suitable trails for kids as young as 5.

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Guided rides and lessons

Our guided rides are organised sessions with a local, professional guide and instructor. They really suit beginner riders and can be booked as private or group sessions. Our Active Reps  (or hotel reception) will help you book a guide on arrival.

A guide or instructor can offer the perfect introduction to the lifts and trails, ensuring you don’t get out of your depth and can ride the Alps safely. They run for a half day or full day session, but we think half a day is enough - especially if riding with young kids.

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Children and Biking

Each of our resorts will offer a range of rides to suit children from age 5+, and in Morzine and Les Gets you can even take kids up the lifts for high-altitude rides using the gentlest of trails.

The valley floor trails are better suited for the little ones, and our top-notch Specialized kids bikes (with fat-tyres and disc brakes) are loved by keen 6-9 year old riders.

We will ask that children under the age of 16 are accompanied by a parent or guardian if they would like to ride or take part in guided rides.

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Which resort is best?

All our destinations offer excellent mountain biking and an array of exciting cross country tracks, downhill trails and bike parks with plenty of lifts to get you back up to the top again. 

Morzine & Les Gets (Best for beginners)

These two neighbouring resorts offer the largest network of trails and lifts in the Alps - more than 1000km’s to be precise. And included, is a reasonable range of lift-assisted trails that are suitable for beginners - with many more trails on the valley floor. A lift pass is from €5 per uplift or €12-15 per day.

Val D’Isere & Tignes

Again, two neighbouring (linked) resorts but with the benefit of a FREE lift pass for bikers (included with our Active Packs). The trails here are more limited for the beginners, but there are a few good ones (using the lifts) and many more at resort level. Beginners will find more variety in Morzine and Les Gets.

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