Alps weather, right now, at the moment……it's…….
The other end of the alps is fine.Posted 3 years agolucienMember
Pi$$ing down, heavily and has been all day. Left UK earlier than expected (Weds morning) and headed for La Bresse Bike Park to get my eye in for Les Gets next week. I’m currently thinking an Ark would have been better than a bike. Moved on a bit to Metabief, and found a good campsite – still raining and forecast is rain Fri, rain Sat, rain Sun. Most of the Alps seems the same at the moment.Posted 3 years ago
Am in Les Gets and it’s rained pretty much constantly for the past three days, which by all accounts is really unusual. Not many people about on bikes at all.
Chavannes is a bit of a mess, could only manage a handful of runs before I lost the will. Off to Chatel tomorrow come rain or shine.Posted 3 years agorockhopper70Member
I’m reading this, every time the post updates, hoping, desperately, that someone is going to say that the sun is going to come out on Friday and dry everything out. Myself and 6 others arrive in Morzine tomorrow for three days of gloop by the looks of it. I’ve even bought a novel to pass the time.Posted 3 years agoboxelderSubscriber
Rain sounds a relief. I’m tired of blowing the dust off the bike after riding the mountains of the Lakes at the moment. All the dry ground is making trails far to fast and then struggling to choose from all those locally brewed beers………….merde.Posted 3 years ago
Have fun chrisE, hope the new grips bring those trails alive.D0NKSubscriber
it’s the French Alps, heavy rain that hangs around for days is never far away.
ah right. Dunno then.
edit presumably their business model works otherwise it wouldn’t draw so many people. Mind you their business model might be “it’ll be reet in a couple of days and there’ll still be plenty of rosbifs flying in, just shutdown the lifts til it stops raining” not good for those just calling in for a long weekend tho 🙁Posted 3 years ago
We don’t ride in the rain because we don’t have to. We wait for the sun 😆
It is not the same type of landscape, topography, vegetation cover etc, it is not the same rain. Think heavy torrents, washouts etc. In heavy weather there is a lot more to be concerned with than muddy bike trails.
Rain plays a small part so not much concession is made for it where it adversely affects ‘playing’. Bit like the UK and their preparation for snow.Posted 3 years agojamesoSubscriber
It’s a shame but what can you do, it’s a gamble. Weather patterns seem to have been less reliable in recent years. We have to consider why .. as well as have a realistic take on these things.
“When you go to the mountains, expect mountain weather” as a guide told us once. I’ve been to the Alps for a week’s climbing (just amateur bimbling on easier routes) and got nowhere due to conditions, we did 3 trips before we actually got on top of anything. We’ve spent most of 3 days sat in a chalet in Morzine while it rained solidly but half a dozen runs on the Pleney in the worst rain I’ve seen out there was still one of the most memorable days riding I’ve done there.
Why can’t the French build bike trails that can stand up to rain?
Because the trails are long, it’d be too expensive and the locals are off riding stuff that doesn’t get hammered all summer I expect.Posted 3 years ago
…Because the trails are long…
they’re really not, i’m surprised just how short they are considering the vertical drop. And i’d be surprised if the km’s of trail at GT were much less than the km’s of trail at the Chatel bike park)
…it’d be too expensive…
how much is a weeks lift pass these days? £80? – they can afford it.
i suspect that the French don’t build surfaced trails because they know they don’t have to, we’ll go anyway.Posted 3 years ago
You have got too big a chip on your shoulder! They don’t build surfaced trails because they don’t. It is as simple as that.Nothing to do with ripping the tourists off. Any type of purpose built mtb trail in France is rare enough over the whole country, let alone a surfaced one. We live next to an ideal large forest with vert gains of Glentress size, but no rock outcropping. It could be very very good with built surfaced trails or even any trail other than the tracks it has. But no one thinks like that. Just look at the amount of rock cliffs that no one climbs on, again unclimbed rock is unheard of in the UK.Posted 3 years agoMrsMugsyMember
I’d like to point out that what most of you refer to as the ‘French Alps’ is in fact the ‘northern alps’.
Do not compare the weather in Morzine or even Tignes with the weather in the Ecrin and generally the Alps south of Grenoble.
In summer you can have proper summer weather in the south while in Morzine it’s winter revisited.
That said, at the moment the weather is sh*te everywhere.Posted 3 years agotpbikerMember
Its the lazy Swiss you need to be worrying about if you intend going over to their side.
Shut all their lifts on the Sunday of the passportes because apparently it was to hard to evacuate anyone off the mountain. Funny the French thought they’d cope just fine.
The when it dried up the next day they shut the lift at morgins for no particular reason, meaning I could either pedal to the top of the hill, or cycle down to get a train to champery at a local town. I chose the later.
Turns out the Swiss don’t pay much attention to timetables however, so the train never appeared, prompting a 1000 meter climb back up an alpine road on supertacky dual ply minions…back to the same place I’d been 5 hours earlier. All done with bronchitis and a rubbing rear brake. Misery.Posted 3 years ago
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