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8 Days Mountain Bike Tour in Morzine, France

Chalet Darbon, 236 Route des Bois Venants, 136 Chemin de la Salle, 74110 Morzine, Canton of Évian-les-Bains, Arrondissement of Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Mountain Bike Tour in France

Roost MTB Holidays invites you to join their mountain biking tour in France! On this tour, you will be riding in the mecca of downhill mountain biking, Morzine. The tour is self-guided so you can do as much or as little riding as you like. With the extensive trail of network and incredible views around every corner, this tour is hard to miss!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Trails, singletrack, downhill with tracks ranging from steep and wooded to fast and open
  • Starts in: Morzine
  • Ends in: Morzine
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31 - 45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 174 - 348 miles / 280 - 560 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent
  • No minimum number of participants

Highlights

  • Self-guided biking
  • Expert route / trail advice
  • Use of professional and fully-equipped bike garage and storage
  • 6 substantial single-course evening meals with a selection of wine and beer
  • All-day tea, coffee, and freshly-baked cake
  • 7 hearty homecooked breakfasts
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Geneva Airport (US$42 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot

Chalet Darbon is a spacious five-bedroom catered modern-style chalet set on three floors, which sleeps up to 12 guests. It has a bright, open-plan lounge and dining area with TV, PlayStation and comfy sofas, Wi-Fi connection throughout, an outdoor terrace that catches evening sun, secure bike storage with a professionally-equipped workshop, washing and drying room, and a nearby covered public car park that is free during the summer season. It is also equipped with three bathrooms and three toilets.

The chalet is centrally located on the Route des Bois Venants. It is only a two-minute ride from the Télécabine de Super Morzine - Morzine Avoriaz, and a stone's throw away from the suspension bridge connecting you to SA cable Pléney. It’s merely a 300-meter walk to the central Carrefour supermarket and the main high street through town, the Rue du Bourg, where you will find a number of popular apres bars, restaurants, and bike shops. If you don’t fancy going anywhere, don’t worry, you can enjoy the stunning view of the SA cable Pléney from the chalet’s private balcony!

Program

On this tour, you are free to explore the entire Portes du Soleil area, Europe's largest linked ski lift area. Departing from one of the 12 resorts in the Franco-Swiss area of the Portes du Soleil, you can journey through the different village-resorts of this international territory. From Les Gets to Morzine, passing through Champéry, Châtel, and Lake Montriond, the tour offers incredible fresh views around every corner.

Throughout the ride, you will discover centuries-old Alpine chalets, exceptional flora and fauna, enchanting waterfalls, and the majestic peaks of the Dents du Midi! What's more, a dozen chairlifts and gondolas, equipped with bike carriers, are dotted throughout the route. They help riders avoid the toughest climbs, putting the emphasis on going downhill: 6,000 meters of total descent and just 1,000 meters of climbing. Additionally, the tour can be done by anyone with a Portes du Soleil lift pass. This pass provides access to all lifts in the Portes du Soleil.

There are 650 kilometers of bike trails in the area to choose from. It is self-guided, so guests can do as much or as little riding as they like. A typical day would be 40 - 80 kilometers of riding, 5,000 meters of descending using around 10 chairlifts / gondolas. Lift passes can be arranged for you on request.

There is an extensive network of marked mountain bike and hiking trails outside the bike park for those looking to discover prime singletrack and technical hiking trails nestled in lush alpine woodland, while still being able to catch a lift back up from the bottom. Morzine is a mecca for downhill mountain biking in Europe, with scores of graded tracks ranging from steep and wooded to fast and open, including optional jumps, gaps, berms, drops, ladders, and whatever you are after - it is here!

Tools and spares

You don't need to bring your own tools and spares. Roost MTB Holidays has a well-stocked workshop with tools and parts to deal with most foreseeable mechanical issues and there are also good bike shops around the area. However, if you use any unusual parts that may require obscure parts or tools, then please feel free to take any necessary items to keep your bike rolling for the duration of your stay.

Intermediate:

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

This tour will take place in Morzine, France. The route will cover the Portes du Soleil area. Morzine is a bustling mountain town nestled in the foothills of Mont Blanc. It is the largest and most centrally-located biking resort in the Portes du Soleil lift area (one of the largest in the world), making it an ideal location to base your riding from. Spread over 14 valleys and about 1,036 square kilometers (400 square miles), it enables you to access 24 chairlifts and hundreds of trails with just one lift pass.

Distances

  • Central Carrefour Market, 300 meters' walk
  • Rue du Bourg, 300 meters' walk
  • Télécabine de Super Morzine - Morzine Avoriaz - 2 minutes' ride

Features

Activities

  • Mountain biking

General

  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • Internet access
  • Parking lot

Food

The catering package at Chalet Darbon includes hearty breakfasts with a wide selection of bread, croissants, cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit and more, with a cooked option such as bacon and eggs. Return after a day's riding to a freshly baked cake or sweet treat to whet your appetite in time for a delicious and substantial single course evening meal, all carefully prepared by the lively live-in chalet staff. Breakfast is served from 08:00 to 09:00 daily and dinner is served at 19:00. If you have any special dietary requirements, please don’t hesitate to let Roost MTB Holidays know. They will happily cater for any food allergies.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Self-guided biking
  • Expert route / trail advice
  • Use of professional and fully-equipped bike garage and storage
  • 6 substantial single-course evening meals with a selection of wine and beer
  • All-day tea, coffee, and freshly-baked cake
  • 7 hearty homecooked breakfasts
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Bike rental
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Geneva Airport Airport transfer available: Geneva Airport (US$42 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round. You will have to confirm the dates with Roost MTB Holidays. Please send Roost MTB Holidays an inquiry for more information.

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