- Alps – France, Italy or Austria?
We’ve been going to the French Alps for the last couple of years and fancy a change so have been looking at Austria for a long weekend.
However I’ve been a little underwhelmed by the options. Seems there are a range of small resorts with a few runs serviced by chairlifts.
Is my perspective on Austria correct? Are we better off focusing on somewhere else in the Western Alps? Or are there some hidden gems in Austria?Posted 3 years ago
We’re after a mix of natural and bike park. Nothing too technical / screaming eagles downhill stylee – some flow and scenery is important. Most importantly lift assisted / minimal uphill as a couple of our group aren’t the fittest.
We’d also ideally need to be self guided, unless there are some suggestions on the best trails which need a guide.Posted 3 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Austria is more of a “get out and ride big mountains” than “lift served runs”. IMHO.Posted 3 years ago
Although there are bike parks, eg Leogang, Schladming, Nordkette,… if that’s your thing. Think I’ve seen something about one in Zell am Ziller too (next village from Mayrhofen), but I only go there in ski season, so no idea what it’s like.ddmonkeySubscriber
Having just been riding there I can +1 for Aosta Valley and aosta valley freeride, nice guys and great trails. I was there for a day and only scratched the surface I think. Nice scenery too. You can easily head over to bike park type stuff in France if you want a mix, only 2hrs from there to Les Gets.Posted 3 years agoRoter SternMember
The Leogang Saalbach area is well established for MTBing in summer and some of the other resorts are also trying to get in on the act. Zillertal has Mayrhofen and Zell am Ziller that have started to make some gravity assisted trails with up lift but nothing on the scale of the big resorts in France. IME you have to accept that you’ll be doing a lot of climbing on your bike in Austria.Posted 3 years agojambalayaMember
matePrima Donna had made it clear that he wants to go to Austria this time and I’ve heard some good info from a local yesterday – we just need to choose the right place
Enjoy I am sure it will be great and if you drive you’ll save a good few €’s on tolls. Cheap fuel in Luxembourg if that suits the route. Let us kniw how it goes, always good for the info-bankPosted 3 years agoandykentosMember
Lucky enough to live at the entrance to Oetztal, Solden has enough for 2 days but you would probably start to struggle a bit for longer. Serfaus is not so far away, maybe an hour, very much a bike park but good for all abilities. Possibilities for bits of natural stuff, you just have to know where to find it and be willing to put the effort in.
Another option is to try and tie it in with the World Cup and head off down to Leogang for a party and maybe a day or two of riding down there after the WC.
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I’d agree with the others about the Austrian Alps. Personally I’d rather ride in Italy as I found the riding there amazing with Riviera Bike, but having guided in Austria I’d say it’s more catered and/or set-up for what you’re after. Another plug for Rob – if you’re near Kitzbühel he’ll be able to sort you out with some local riding. It’s worth spending a few days in the region though to get the most from the lift pass (if memory serves they cover quite an area, but one pass covers one direction the other covers – well – the other). He’s at http://www.mountainedge.co.uk
Another option is to head for somewhere like Morzine/Les Gets again, but make a conscious effort to get away from the more obvious runs. There’s loads of riding in the region to cater for everyone from XC to straight line downhillers.
While the lower Chamonix valley (such as the Petit Balcons) might also be right up your street, the higher stuff is all pure steep tech.Posted 3 years ago
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