Planning the perfect family bike holiday might seem daunting but it needn’t be. Mountain resorts offer family friendly trails that are safe and easy to ride. Here are some things to look out for.
Green and blue trails
Mountain resorts build, grade, signpost and maintain family friendly trails. Look out for short green or blue rated routes. These offer smooth surfaces, gentle slopes and no surprises. Check out the resort’s pump tracks and skills areas too – they’re great fun and good for skills practice.
Every bike resort has a bike school or academy and some resorts run kids bike camps. Most will run courses in English. Not only is safe bike handling covered, various mountain bike techniques are taught such as braking, taking raised corners and even jumping. Spaces are usually limited. Look out for certified mountain bike instructors.
You’ll find a good choice of bike shops renting children’s bikes and protective gear in the resorts selected by Pure MTB. Some shops hire eBikes with kids trailers or the addition of a child seat. Reservations can be made in advance. When collecting your child’s bike, the shop will check and adjust the helmet, saddle and brake levers to make sure they’re comfortable and secure.
On the trails
In the summer months, mountain resorts in the Alps are hotter than you’d think. When out on a ride, you’ll usually find water fountains en route but always carry plenty of fluids. Make sure to apply and bring some extra sunscreen.
One of the best ways to take it easy is down at the lido or mountain lake. You’ll find a lakeside restaurant, BBQ / picnic and play areas. There’s often a separate paddling pool for mums with toddlers. Treetop climbing courses are also great fun and adults can play too. Look out for resorts with organised family activity programmes.