Mountain Biking

As the snow melts, the treasure trove of MTB trails are revealed.

Experience the best trails on offer, whether you're a novice or pro, with our mountain bike guides.

Downhill

Dramatic downhill rides, big drops, curves and berms; Chamonix offers some of the most accessible and rewarding downhill mountain biking in the Alps. Love the rush of skiing? This will leave you on the same high.

Our qualified guides cherry pick the best downhill trails through mountain meadows, forests and rock. Use the lift system for a quick and easy ascent, before coming back down on runs that will put your technical skills to the test. Your guide will help you out with a few tips such as how to handle the tight switchbacks, how to bounce over the rocks and tree roots, etc.

Join one of our Action rides for a taster of what the valley has to offer, bike hire is included and it is available to anyone over 158cm. The guide will choose the route according to the group.

If you prefer a more tailored experience, or you want to choose your own route, then you can opt for a private guide - this does not include bike hire but is available to absolutely anyone and your guide will help you plan the perfect route!

It'll be an adrenaline filled day - expect soaring endorphins and an experience that will leave you raring to get back in the saddle.

Book now or contact us to find out more

Handy hints from Mountain Base
  • Take some handy nibbles to keep you fuelled. 
  • It’s hot, hot, hot up those mountains at this time of year. Wear a high factor SPF and take plenty of water.
  • Make sure your insurance policy covers you for downhill biking and always wear protection.

Cross-Country

Feel the thrill of a long flowing descent, followed by a fun cruise through the meadows or a steady climb up through pine forests.

Our Discovery trips opt for cross-country routes that showcase the beauty of the mountains in summer, past flower-dotted meadows and glacial streams. Best suited to people who are beginners to biking, or who want a less hair-raising experience than the downhill routes.

Available to adults and children, your guide will pick a route depending on the age and ability of the group. If you prefer a more tailored experience, or you want to choose your own route, then you can opt for a private guide - this does not include bike hire but is available to absolutely anyone and your guide will help you plan the perfect route!

Book now or contact us to find out more

Handy hints from Mountain Base
  • Take some handy nibbles to keep you fuelled. 
  • It’s hot, hot, hot up those mountains at this time of year. Wear a high factor SPF and take plenty of water.
  • Make sure your insurance policy covers you for downhill biking and always wear protection.

Haute Route MTB

Explore the world's most famous ski touring route - on a mountain bike! The Haute Route stretches from Mont Blanc in Chamonix to the Matterhorn in Zermatt along stunningly beautiful, remote and rugged mountain trails.

From July to September you can follow in the footsteps of the Alpinists on our 7 day guided mountain bike expedition; you'll ride through shady pine forests, cross over high altitude alpine passes, see icy glaciers and majestic mountains.

This is a challenging ride that requires a high level of fitness and decent mountain biking skills; the trails include steep technical descents, narrow single-track and some tough climbs - with every turn of the wheels being more than worth the effort! There is the possibility to take lifts up some of the mountains, you can discuss the route with your guide during the planning stage.

Our Haute Route mountain bike trip is fully guided and includes half-board accommodation and luggage transport along the way, as well as return transport for you and your bikes back to Chamonix from Zermatt. All you have to sort out is bike hire, which we can help you with.

The Haute Route mountain biking trail starts and ends in two of the most iconic mountain towns in Europe, Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland, staying in small alpine villages along the way.

Handy Hints from Mountain Base:
  • Mountain bikes, helmets, protective body armour and shoes can all be rented in Chamonix - saving you from having to bring it all with you.
  • Take to the trails back home before your trip - you'll enjoy it more if you are fit and confident enough to handle the terrain.
  • Invest in a decent backpack with a water bladder and handy pockets for trail snacks, camera, etc.

Mountain Biking in Chamonix

Chamonix attracts mountain bike enthusiasts from all around the world to ride the great variety of trails than criss-cross our beautiful valley.

The mountain bike tracks are clearly signposted and graded with the same colour system as ski pistes with the easiest being green and the hardest being black. The French for mountain bike is "velo tout-terrain", so if you see something marked "VTT" then you know it is referring to mountain bikes. Some of the trails are shared with hikers, so be careful and show consideration to pedestrians.

The Chamonix summer lift system gives access to the higher trails; all cable cars, gondolas, chairlifts and trams are included in your Mont Blanc Multipass and you can use them as many times as you like.

Most of the trains in the Chamonix valley have a special carriage for cyclists with racks to hang your bikes on. Public transport is free between Servoz and Vallorcine with your "carte d'hote" guest card, given to all Mountain Base guests on arrival.
  • Chamonix Valley : there are a number of reasonably flat and easy trails that loop around the valley, you can either stay local or do a full tour from Chamonix to Argentiere and back via the Petit Balcon routes.
  • Le Balme (Vallorcine & Le Tour) : accessed either via the Telecabine du Vallorcine, or the Telecabine Charamillon, this is a great area for all bike riding levels with 4 trails marked from green (easy) to red (challenging).
  • Les Houches-Saint Gervais : three long trails ranging from blue (relatively easy) to black (technical) spread across alpine meadows and through shady forests, accessed from Les Houches via the Prarion gondola or from Saint-Gervais via the Tramway du Mont Blanc up to the Col de Voza.
  • Grands Montets : steeper and more technical than the other areas, this is ideal for more experienced riders. A long downhill track goes from the top of the Lognan cable car past Lavancher to finish on a shared pedestrian trail.
  • Servoz : this area has no lifts so you have to put some effort in but the trails are mostly gentle cross-country routes that go past old farmhouses and through woodland.
  • Brevent : the Brevent mountain bike trails are closed for summer 2016 due to construction work that is taking place on the ski lift system.

Bike Hire

Get your feet on the pedals of some of the best bikes in the valley. Who needs snow when you can bike?

We’ve partnered with our favourite expert bike rental companies, to offer you everything from excellent quality hardtail and 29 inch full suspension bikes, to championship winning models. Expect adrenaline-filled downhill riding as well as picturesque riverside trail cruising – whatever takes your fancy.

Intersport Chamonix Nord - just a few minutes walk from Chamonix centre and in a great spot for loads of woodland trails, Intersport has a good range of downhill, cross-country and even electric bikes to rent. Mountain Base guests get 10% discount, so don't forget to tell them you're with us!

Echo Base - located in Les Praz (approx 20 minute walk from Chamonix centre) with free parking and right next to a bus stop. There are great trails within just a few hundred metres, so you can jump straight on your bike and head to the hills. Echo Base offer hard tails and 29 inch full suspension bikes from renowned German company, Cube.

Book now or contact us to find out more

Handy hints from Mountain Base
  • Beginner? Stick to a hardtail bike – much easier to go uphill. 
  • If you’re going downhill don’t try it without adequate protection. Trust us, it hurts when you fall off.
  • Access the higher trails with a Mont Blanc Multipass lift ticket - take your bike on the cable cars, gondolas and chairlifts for some long descents

ask us about bike rental

Intersport Chamonix Nord
240 Route du Bouchet
Chamonix 74400
+33(0)4 50 47 73 50
Echo Base
1501 Route des Praz
Chamonix 74400
+33(0)4 50 53 63 56

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Mountain Biking