9 Tips for anyone planning a trip to Morzine this Summer
Try to avoid Holiday Season
If possible, avoid visiting late July – Mid August. The Super Morzine gondola and Zore chair lift have become bottle necks to access the great trails of the Avoriaz Zone trails. These areas have become super busy during these times over the past few years. So if you end up in Morzine during these dates and don’t want to stand in queues, then look for the quieter areas.
The reason for this is Morzine Mtb trails offer the best flow for all skill levels in the area.(hence the crowds) There is other great trails out there but you will have to pedal/drive to find them.
Find your zone
Morzine has areas that are best suited for different skill levels. Go to Les Gets for XC and DH secret trails, Pleney for Steep technical downhill and Super Morzine for Flow trails.
The ‘not so’ secret trails
Les Gets has lots of ‘not so’ secret trails. Underneath the Chavannes chair lift are trails that are a bit rough around the edges, but amazing! ‘The Canyon’ used to be a secret trail but now one of the most popular marked runs in resort. Fortune can favour the brave!
“It’s hard to find a place with so many trails all connected with one lift pass .”
Mr Mtb Trail Hub
*Tip* If you’re new to Morzine mtb, head straight to the Seraussaix Lift. 3 mellow trails which have great flow, perfect to warm up on and built confidence!
80km lift assisted loop
If you can drag yourself away from the downhill laps, the PDS route is a great way to see the whole area. Follow these red signs and they will guide you around an 80km lift assisted loop! Its a proper adventure. Get 1st lifts and take supplies/spares; there’s not many people around where you will be going.
Maybe Drive there?
Driving out to the alps will take a day of your trip but it does work out cheaper if you can share fuel and tolls with friends. It can be really handy to have a veichle in resort which will take away the rush of having to make it back to lifts before they close. It also makes it much easier to access the lakes in the evening.
Check out this mini series to really see what the trails are like to ride. This video ‘ Morzine Mtb Trail Guide’ is a great route around the Portes Du Soleil which only uses the Blues and Greens. Also featured in this series are the Reds and Black Trails.
Visit Morgins!This place is as far as your lift pass will take you and as you can imagine this puts off most of the crowds. You will have the trails to yourself which are built to perfection and have a trail for everyone! You can reach this area by lift although it will take a few hours to get to and will require a bus part of the way back. The best option is to drive across for the day (1hr each way) or contact mtb beds who offer a shuttle service.
Have the trails to yourself
Les Linderets has really quiet trails all summer long. They are rocky and technical and must be one of the most unused parts of the area. Go here to burns laps and sharpen your skills without another rider on the trails!
Mtb Trail Hub Podcast
Check out the Morzine edition for even more info
consider a camping road trip
If you fancy a bit of a road trip then Les Gets, Morzine and Chatel all have really nice campsites. You could do it on the cheap, get a few days in each valley and then move on! The Les Gets site is more than your average campsite with hot tub, pool and views looking onto Mont Blanc!
Choose your dates wisely
If you Visit on the either the first or the last few weeks of the season, bear in mind that the connecting lift between Chatel and Morzine may be closed. Access to the whole Portes Du Soleil may be restricted without having a vehicle.
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For our Morzine and Les Gets podcast episodes, Search for ‘The Mtb Trail Hub Podcast’ or Listen via iTunes here.
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