Getting in the saddle: Exploring the Alps by bike


Skiing is synonymous with the Alps, but what about bike riding? Well, if you haven’t been on a thrilling bike riding experience on this challenging terrain, then you may be wanting to switch from the skis to the pedals very soon!

You may not have seen them before from your Verbier luxury chalet, due to a sheet of snow covering them like a blanket, but during the summer months the hills and mountains surrounding Verbier are home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the Alpine region. Home to Verbier Bike Park, this is the place to go for biker regardless of experience and with a lift to access both the top and bottom of the park, it’s a fun day out for everyone!

When the snow melts away, Mountain Bikers and downhill speed enthusiasts flock from around the world to challenge themselves on the tricky terrain and get to see the stunning surroundings in a different colour.

Alpine biking for beginners

Couple biking in the Alps

The best route to start your mountain biking adventure has to be Tsopu bike tail which starts at Les Ruinettes and finishes near Verbier Golf Course. The trail is a 2.4km path that winds through the countryside with a steady 300m decline with a few humps and bumps, so keep your eye out for those!

For beginners, it’s important to remember to take your time on courses and make sure you have an experienced biker behind you following your way. Verbier Bike Park have their own mountain biking school which enables students to learn from the very best in the business, and who know the trails like the back of their hands.

If you or any of your family members want a more leisurely paced ride, but want to take in just as much summer Alpine scenery, then you can join one of the free bike tours run by the tourist board during the summer months. Getting in the saddle is a great way to stretch the legs and enjoy time with others, regardless of the pace!

Trails for the skilled and intermediate riders

Whether you are an experienced endurance rider or a seriously skilled mountain biker, there are routes and trails to set the heart pumping and adrenaline pumping.

For those who like to go the extra mile, Verbier Bike Parks Enduro and Cross Country itineraries take cyclists through an extensive road network, weaving through the valleys. The Val de Bagnes itinerary explores the renowned trails and takes you through some of the most stunning scenery in the region. For the cross-country enthusiasts, why not take on the two, one day adventures starting in either Verbier, La Tzoumaz or Nendaz? With access to lifts, you can either take the “easy” or “pro rider” route.

Back at the Verbier Bike Park, test your skills on the Bortabitche trail which will get your catching some serious air, not just under your tyres but in your lungs too! With rocky patches, big jumps and boarded slopes, it’s certainly not one for the faint-hearted.

Hiring or buying biking equipment in Verbier

Depending on how long you will be staying in your Verbier apartment, there are plenty of bike shops from which you can hire or buy essential equipment. Backside bike shop and rentals situated in the heart of Verbier offers a range of quality bikes, helmets and other accessories to make your adventure that little more special. They also have a repairs service, so if you do damage your bike or need to replace a lost part, then they will be happy to help.

If you are looking for other action packed activities during your stay, check out what else there is to experience in Verbier in the summer to find out more and to plan your next adventure!

Contact Luxury Rentals Verbier

If exploring the Alps by bike sounds like something you would like to try out, there are plenty of luxury apartments in Verbier to choose from, enabling you to relax after a day out on the tracks. If you would like more information, contact our team today.

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