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Bicycle touring: visiting the mountains differently

Bicycle touring: visiting the mountains differently

Bicycle touring in the mountains consists in riding a classic or mountain bike and is drawing in more and more enthusiasts in France. This type of tourism is perfect for those who love nature and wide open spaces. Discover the advantages and specificities of bicycle touring.

Bicycle touring: an activity for everyone

Biking up in the mountains is not only reserved to seasoned athletes! As long as you have the right equipment, anyone can ride along peacefully in the heart of the mountain peaks and pine trees. An electric bicycle is perfect for beginners, so they can ride on difficult trails without any trouble. Indeed, e-mountain bikes require less efforts from the rider thanks to their engines. The sportiest among you, or those who love a good challenge will no doubt prefer standard mountain bikes for riding up in the mountains. The Portes du Soleil MTB area has lots of lifts available in all 12 of its resorts, in case cyclists get tired during their ride. As such, bicycle touring is open to all cyclists - whether beginners or seasoned!

Immersed in the middle of nature

Is there anything more pleasant than wandering around on a bike in the heart of nature? The Portes du Soleil MTB area counts several specific trails, delving you in the heart of magnificent landscapes and boasting exceptional fauna and flora: explore the Joux Plane mountain pass, ride up to Avoriaz, ride along the Corbier or Encrenaz pass on marked bicycle routes. Bicycle touring is perfect for spending quality time with friends, your partner or family, and contemplating the wide open spaces nature has to offer. Go back to basics for a complete change of scenery! Opt for an eco-friendly holiday thanks to this sustainable form of tourism, that has very little impact on surrounding nature. Furthermore, this sport is great for your health and will make for very active holiday, with a definite change of scenery.

Paths dedicated to bicycle touring up in the mountains

The Portes du Soleil is the biggest cross-border mountain biking area in Europe, with trails of all levels spread out through all 12 resorts, and 5 world-renowned Bike Parks. It offers mountain biking trails suitable for all. The Mountain Bike tour is 50 miles long. It takes you through various villages and natural spots in the heart of the mountains, stopping on in Les Gets, Morzine, Avoriaz, Champéry, Châtel, Lake Geneva and Montriond Lake. Despite boasting close to 23,000 ft. of downhill paths and 3,300 ft. of uphill paths, it is still accessible to any level and can be done in one or several days thanks to the ten lifts available. In addition to its marked and secured paths, you can also use the Portes du Soleil’s smartphone application so you never get “lost” in the middle of nature! The application offers many useful functionalities, and allows you to locate yourself and pursue your route with full peace of mind and at your own pace.

Bicycle touring: an affordable holiday

In addition to being an out-of-the-box activity, bicycle touring is an affordable holiday when travelling as a family, a couple or with friends. The Portes du Soleil MTB area has summer offers and attractive deals all year round, for everyone. All-inclusive Family packages, Summer Passes, and week/day/seasonal Multi Passes are perfect for cycling around as you please. The MTB Portes du Soleil Pass is dedicated to mountain biking. Beautiful summer routes through the mountains can now be discovered thanks to the Portes du Soleil area!