Downhill Biking in Morzine


Morzine and the Portes du Soleil has over 650km (London to Glasgow) of marked trails and an impressive 12 interconnected resorts, more bike parks than many other alpine resorts including Les Gets (Chavannes/Nauchets area), Linderets (express Linderets) Chatel (Plaine Dranse) Les Crosets and Champery.

The Portes du Soleil is also host to the French and the Swiss national competitions as well as the Champery World Cup downhill tracks which are sure to test even the most accomplished of riders. Plus there’s the Chatel Moutainstyle (or Slopestyle) competition where the world’s best free-riders descend on the resort for a weekend, and the Avoriaz roofstyle competition where there’s a mix of locals and pro’s showing their best tricks all from the roof tops in Avoriaz!

To get a grip on the scale of the area check out our interactive map for the Portes du Soleil.

Morzine

Morzine has the best located park in the Portes du Soleil, with the easiest access to the largest biking area in the world. With a new Plenny lift opened for bikes in 2014 and the Super Morzine side which keeps coming on leaps and bounds, could there be any better place in Europe to ride your bike?

If you’re looking for a run with berms and jumps, Zore main line, is for you. Fast flowing with small-medium table top jumps, also a few small gaps, with chicken runs around the outside.

PPD Black main line is fast, flowing, steeps and lots of features. A great run for advanced riders to improve their skill set.

You could ride Morzine for a week and not get bored. There’s always another secret trail to find.

Champery

Host of the 2011 UCI World Cup, Champery has the legendary Coupe du Monde. The world cup track where Danny Hart will go down in history for his world cup run. This has to be ridden to appreciate what he did that day in the wet conditions. Easily the hardest run, not for the faint hearted, especially in the wet. We ride bikes for the adrenaline rush and for the sense of achievement, get to the bottom of this run and both will be at boiling point along with your brakes.

Champery has good access to Les Crosets and great, also, for XC riding with a lot of Enduro trails

Morgins

Morgins is a bit of a slog to get to, lift assisted starting on Super Morzine it will take you around 90 minutes to get to the La Folleuse lift due to the Mossettes lift accessing Switzerland opening at 10am. The run to Morgins is a little unexciting, riding down fire roads and ski pistes but it is all downhill so at least no pedalling. When you take your first lap, it will all make it worth while. Morgins is a great place for the high intermediate to advanced rider with loads of features and always more than one line.

The Blue run, La Derupe is fast, flowy and so much fun. The sort of run you want to do again and again but more like a red than a blue. This run is for more experienced riders.

Les Gets

The easiest bike park to get to from Morzine, with good variety of family runs to extreme. La Piste des Ecureils is a great run to learn on, with 5.2 km of trail downhill all the way, a perfect single track with some tight turns to hone your skills. Not only a great place to learn but also to warm yourself up before you strive to hit bigger and steeper trails.

No better way to practice berms. Triple 8 & The Shore, these two trails are very much entwined together so you might find yourself switching from one run to the other. They are, in essence, the same from the top. If going round berms is your thing, this is the place for you.

There is also a beautiful lake just to the side of the bike park to jump in after a day on the bike, a huge draw to Les Gets.

Chatel

The bike park of Chatel is only a short ride from the top of Zore in Morzine. There are a few uphill parts to do but it is only a 15min trail until you get to a downhill single track into Linderets. Chatel has probably got the most variety in the Portes du Soleil. With 18 marked tails from very easy greens that will take you top to bottom

From Panoramic and Serpentine and everything in the middle and onto the extreme black that is Air Voltage, built to a very high standard by Scott DH. North Shore drops that get bigger and bigger. Black Shore is a good way to practice North Shore as it has many parts, all with chicken lines if it gets to big.

Les Crosets

This area of the Portes du Soleil is not just to use to get to Champery, it has some very well thought out trails including the Swiss National. Steep in parts with some good switch back turns and quite exposed in places, it is a good technical run that gets faster with a bit more flow towards the end.