- Alps advice – not Morzine.
Les Arcs is a good bet, research done on here to have an idea of better trails (all not bike-park). Guides available.
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Verbier if you have the budget as accommodation and food etc will be more expensive (you can stay in the valley more cheaply) – guided day with Alpine Roots if you wish. Bike park and enduro trails map. 2hrs from Geneva
Chamonix, enough trails even with the bike ban in force (need research and copy of bike book plus map reading skills), riding a bit more disjointed than Les Arcs or Verbier. verbier and Chamonix are 1hr apart so could mix it up for a day. Guides available.Posted 1 year agoxyetiMember
Iv’e done Les Arc last 3 years, the best riding for me was on the Vanoise side, just keep taking the lifts up and speak to riders at the Ferni on the valley floor, loosely follow some of the guided rides out there Like TA and see where they lead you, I found most of the French guides more helpful than some of the companies out there,
Maps won’t show you the hidden stuff, so it’s get lost and then find yourself time, I dare say there are trails on STRAVA etc but failing that I’d definitely reccomend ales Arc.Posted 1 year ago
5 of us are looking for an Alps trip early July.
We’ve had 2 trips to Morzine/Les Gets. Last year was Glentress/Inners.
Current thinking is either Les Arcs/Tignes/Val d’Isere. Looking for a long weekend of lift-assisted singletrack fun, possibly with a guided day.
Any suggestions? Looking for accommodation ideas too.Posted 1 year ago
The only thing putting me off Les Arcs is most lifts seem to close at the weekend.
Probably an area that works best with a guide and shuttle as a proper all in week. Getting out of Les Arcs is a great move, heaps of great riding not served by lifts that works for a guided group. Check out the likes of white room.Posted 1 year agotom.nashSubscriber
What Paul B said; had a days guiding with Steve at Bike Alp and it was awesome. Never going back to the battered bikepark-ness of Les Gets/Morzine.Posted 1 year ago
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We went to Samoens with Bike-Alp. Would really recommend it. We rode all sorts of non bike park off piste loveliness. It’s not far from Let Gets and isn’t all that hard to get to Chamonix either.
If your going for 3 days only then for me to make it worth it look at something like thisPosted 1 year ago
Not cheap but would give you a lot of bang for your buck for 3 daysBillOddieSubscriber
Looks like CoolBus are based in Bourg 30 mins away from where I will be in Tignes for a couple of weeks might well give them a shout.
I know it’s old fashioned but I do like rocking up in a new place, buying a map and going exploring.Posted 1 year ago
With Strava Heatmap, Google Earth and IGN Maps you can actually do quite a but “Off Piste” Recon before you go as well.NorthwindSubscriber
Yvan Bonin is the ex-white-room guide I think Jamba meant. Definitely worth hooking up with if you’re in the les arcs area, he’s a great guide and legendary french gnar-yoda.
If you’re in that district then you have to hop over the border to pila and la thuile, imo they both kick crap out of the french resorts. Pila’s got the single best manmade trail I’ve ever ridden and la thuile is basically super-innerleithen. It’s a bit of a drive, over the col du san bernard but totally worth it.Posted 1 year agoahsfMember
No need for a guide in La Thuile for a day although there is a few trails on the oppersite side to the lifts, also the EWS is there again this year so they might build some new stuff, last year they opened a new section for a local race.
Pila, same again no need for a guide for a day, but there is a awesome ridge ride accessible by the top lift which is only open for a short while or a hike a bike up the foot path above the start of the trails.Posted 1 year ago
Aosta Freeride are worth a hook up with to see what else the valley has to offer.
On our way home now from Les Arcs.
Thanks so much to all who helped. I passed on some Karma by giving the off piste map to a guy out there for 6 weeks.
3 days riding a mix of every waymarked trail and some off-piste, including La Varda – which was a great day out (still snow covered for the hike-a-bike up to the Lac du Moutons). I really liked the waymarked Enduro trails – Elle Chablette black run was my favourite. I would class myself as a competent rider, certainly no god, and the middle/end of La Varda was on my limit.
My stand-out observation of Les Arcs was quiet trails and very friendly riders. A world away from Morzine/Les Gets, although I’ve still enjoyed my riding there in the past too.Posted 1 year ago
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