Great downhills, awe-inspiring scenery, chairlifts all the way to the top, stringy cheese and a relaxed valley life are just a few good reasons to pack up your bike and get out to Morzine. You'll have no other bike trip like it!
Whether you are after the scenery and the sights of the Alps or are gripped by downhill mania, you'll find that the region of Portes du Soleil, including the small alpine villages of Morzine and Les Gets, host some of the best mountain bike riding you'll ever do in your life.
The Bikefax guide to 'Morzine & Portes du Soleil', features 26 selected downhill and cross country mountain bike trails in the area. Situated to the south of Lake Geneva and just an hour from the cheap flights of Geneva Airport, Morzine has become ‘the’ place to go for your mountain biking summer holidays.
The guide details DH tracks in the bike parks of Morzine, Les Gets, Chatel, Avoriaz, Les Crosets and Les Lindarets. Downhill routes featured include world class trails like the awe-inspiring ‘French National’ at Avoriaz, as well as classic runs like the ‘Avalanche Cup’ in Morzine. There is plenty for the newcomer to DH too, with lots of warm up runs like the ‘Chavannes’ in Les Gets and ‘Blue and Roc’ in the recently developed Pre Le Joux Bike Park in Chatel.
For Cross Country riders, the region has every bit as much to offer as for downhillers. An extensive summer lift system means that you can double your downhill quota without having to burn the thighs. A fantastic selection of cross country rides across the region and into neighboring Switzerland provides riders wanting to get off the beaten track with a variety of options from short half day blasts to combine with DH hits or long epic rides through the mountains.
Writers Chris Lazenby and Kate Long spend all their summers based in Les Gets, pounding their way down the trails. Nobody knows the area better than they do, and now together with North Wales guidebook writer, Sue Savege and a host of local riders, they have compiled this inspirational collection of trails for every level of rider.
Bikefax ‘Morzine & Portes du Soleil’ features:
* 26 fantastic trails
* 14 Downhill courses
* 12 Cross country rides
* 4 main areas
* Detailed ride maps
* Inspirational photographs
* Local info and area maps