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Cross Country (XC) in Morzine

Forget your preconceptions! Get off the beaten track and away from the Bike Parks for some of the best XC riding of your life.

Forget everything you’ve been told about needing a downhill bike and full face helmet to enjoy Morzine. It’s also one of the best destinations for XC riders.

We’re seeing more and more bikers who want to pedal a little and enjoy everything the area has to offer - Bike Parks and beyond. A quick look at the area maps shows you the sheer possibilities available. From enjoying some of the green and blue graded trails, the orange trails that are wide paths perfect for taking in the views, and the hundreds of kilometers of natural singletrack.

The Portes du Soleil have invested in infrastructure to make the riding accessible for XC and AM riders as well as Downhillers. Large sums of money have been invested in creating and maintaining singletracks suitable for different levels, and making sure good quality trails link the different areas.

The mountains here are big, and take a long time to pedal up. Take advantage of the lift system so you can explore further afield than you ever dreamed possible. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of opportunities to pedal away from the lifts and busy Bike Parks, just using the 19 lifts to help you ride far and wide.

You’ve no doubt been scared off in the past by claims you “need a DH bike for Morzine”. So don’t just take our word for it, check out the comments section and the many reviews from previous guests who found Morzine an XC paradise.

Club Giraffe representatives will be on hand to advise and make sure you ride the right trails for you. We suggest speaking to them before hitting the trails, but here’s a little taste of what you could be doing:

Day 1: Introduction to mountain riding

We suggest heading up Super Morzine and Zore, riding across the ridge and down to Lindarets. Continue down to the beautiful lake Montriond - the perfect place for a quick rest or even a cooling dip! Pedal back along the river into Morzine.

Day 2: Les Gets (Well we’ve got at least two days of riding packed into this so let’s call it day 2 and 4!)

Take the Pleney cable car out of Morzine and follow the blue trail to Les Gets. Take the Chavannes lift up and then you have a choice:

  1. The dashed route on the map to La Rosta. Plenty of climbing and descending and a great way to explore.

  2. The black XC loop “Chapelle de Jacquicourt”. Some short sharp climbs, fun fast descents and stunning views. A classic Les Gets XC trail.

  3. Try the blue and green graded trails in the DH park. They’re suitable for shorter travel bikes and a fun way to get a taster of some of the crazier options out here!

  4. Take the orange and blue marked paths back across to Pleney and descend back to Morzine

Day 3: Châtel and further afield (again a few days of riding are packed into this so we’ve got days 5 & 6 covered here too!)

Head up the Super Morzine Gondola, the Zore chair and ride down to Lindarets. From there you have numerous options so speak to a Club Giraffe staff member to get the best for you.

Take the Chaux Fleurie cable car to start a big loop through Châtel, Morgins, Champoussin and Les Crosets. From Les Crosets pick either the wide easy track or the fun techy Champéry single to ride down to the pretty village of Champéry.

Take the téléphérique back up for a ride down to les Crosets and a trip back up Mossettes from the other side. From there you can either take a rocky descent down or the more pedally way round lac vert for some fun techy singletrack rewards.

You can also extend this route to Torgon, or speak to Club Giraffe staff for other routes to Champéry or back over the Col de Cou to Morzine.

Day 4 and beyond

From half day loops round Mont Chery or along the river, to big days out into Switzerland. From fun flowing trails, to techy singletrack, to easy wide tracks and incredible scenery. The opportunities are endless for cyclists looking to explore. Our staff have many different routes up their sleeves so tell them what you like, what level of riding you have, and they’ll make sure they get you onto your trail gold.

After your trip get in touch to tell us what you loved most and what you loved less. What should other bikers coming to the area make sure they don’t miss out on? Your feedback will help other riders coming out to get the most out of their holiday.