Just returned from two weeks in Les Arcs. Sad times. No more of this for a while:
The only thing for curing the blues is to start thinking about the next trip.
Last year we spent two weeks enjoying the local trails in Les Arcs, and visited Tignes and La Rosiere. We did the same this year, but also went to La Thuile and Pila. La Thuile was really fantastic - steep, beautiful, natural feeling trails through stunning woodland. Pila was fun, but a bit braking-bumpy. Would have liked a bit more squish to make it less hard work! The freeride trail back down to Aosta was awesome. The two days in Italy were my favourite of the holiday.
Next year we are thinking of mixing it up a bit: spend a week in Les Arcs on the old faithful trails we have ridden so many times (though apparently Granny might now be a Granddaddy), and then spend a week based somewhere else from which we can do day trips to other riding areas.
Has anyone got any recommendations? So far I've heard La Clusaz, Les Saisies and Les Houches might be worth investigating. Any Italian areas to add to the list? (Our experience of Italian mountain biking set ups so far has been excellent). Finale is a possibility but might be a bit too far away.
Not necessarily after bike parks - our best riding has been based on an IGN map and a highlighter pen (as long as a lift is involved!).
Recommendations of good campsites also gratefully received.