With great vertical, stunning views and many areas to ride Chamonix is a mountain bikers dream. But what are the best mountain bike trails in Chamonix Mont Blanc? Read this guide to Chamonix MTB holidays to find out.
For many people Chamonix is the adventure capital of Europe. It is gateway to Mont Blanc – central Europe’s highest peak, and draws in hikers, climbers and mountaineers aplenty. It’s also a great destination for mountain bikers.
With around 230 km of marked cross country/enduro trails, much of which is single track, there is plenty of riding. If you prefer lift assisted downhill then there are around 50 km of marked trails.
In total there are 25 marked routes and well documented mountain bike trails in Chamonix Mont Blanc, including a pump track. Everything is divided into four levels of expertise, so whether you are beginner or expert, you’ll find the right challenge for you.
Freeriders will love the Mont Blanc valley’s stunning network of hidden singletracks. These are not marked trails so you’ll need a guide to find them. And not only can you explore the stunning mountains, you can also visit picturesque villages and hamlets.
The Mont Blanc Multipass gives you access to all the lifts and buses in the area. This includes Brévent-Flégère, Grands Montets, Balme Tour Vallorcine,
Aiguille du Midi (Except Panoramic Mont-Blanc – Pointe Helbronner), Site du Montenvers Mer de Glace (train + site access), Tramway du Mont-Blanc, Houches Area, Evasion Mont-Blanc (Megève) and Bossons Chairlift. Lifts begin operating in early June and shut in September.
Chamonix is a popular destination year round with accommodation ranging from budget hostels up to luxury chalets. So whatever your budget or needs you are sure to find something suitable for your Chamonix mountain biking holidays.
There are so many trails to choose from… So we have picked what we feel are the best rides in Chamonix for different types of mountain biking and ability of riders.
At 6 km distance, Chateau Saint-Michel is the perfect beginner’s circuit. It is mostly flat and crosses two rivers – the Torrent de la Diosaz and the Arve. Along the way you pass pleasant churches and old-world shops. The whole ride will take a fast rider 45 minutes and a less experienced mountain biker around an hour and a half.
One of the best single day MTB tours in Chamonix is the 25km Trient to Vallorcine which will suit intermediate endurance riders. There’s a small elevation after the town of Berberine and a pleasant downhill run from the verdant trees of Foret Verte.
The hardest cross-country trail in Chamonix is Transcommunautaire – a circuit of the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Valley. At 78 km long with 2675 m of climbing this is a trail for very fit technical riders. Easily one of the best mountain bike trails in Chamonix Mont Blanc.
Those just getting into downhill should head to Les Houches bike park. There are three trails including Alpages Respect which is classified as a medium difficulty ‘blue’ trail which is ideal is for beginner downhill riders. You’ll also find Bouquetins a difficult red trail and Chamois an expert only black trail.
For those seeking a longer tougher downhill trail there is Flégère (Elf Secret). It is a steep and thrilling run through a shady forest of spruces and silver birch.
Before you begin you’ll have to take ‘The Elfe Test’ to establish whether you have the skills and confidence for this particular circuit. Unfortunately Elf Secret is closed for the 2019 summer as the Flégère chairlift is having an upgrade.
There are two bus routes for MTB riders’ convenience. The buses are free with the Multipass and can transport bikes and their owners to the start of many of the best trails.
A few words of warning. The Chamonix microclimate is subject to sudden changes in weather due to the proximity of Mont Blanc. Also temperature drops significantly the higher you climb. Certain trails are also affected by windchill so it’s worth bringing all-weather gear.
During the main hiking season in July and August, much of the singletrack (but none of the trails mentioned above above) are subject to restrictions so check before you set out. Furthermore, MTB riders are requested to wear high-visibility clothing and to give way to pedestrians.
So there you have it the best mountain bike trails in Chamonix Mont Blanc. If you are planning Chamonix MTB holidays be sure to check out our discounts as you could save a fortune.