MTB routes for all abilities, lift access up the mountain, restaurants on the trails, a ton of route options and plenty of post ride relaxation.
If the idea of serene mountain bike trails, incredible vistas, indulgent restaurants, extended spa sessions or just returning from holiday feeling amazing appeals, then a summer holiday biking in a mountain resort might just be the ticket.
Choice of routes
Mountain resorts are like giant trail centres with more route options than you could possibly ride in a week. If you’ve never been to your local trail centre, have a go. In a mountain resort, all routes are professionally managed, signposted and easy to follow. Look out for ‘Flow trails’.
Rides for everyone
Mountain resorts aren’t just about big rides and crazy climbs. There’s a choice. The same as you’d expect from a ski map, there are short and easy routes, black runs and everything in between. Just pick and choose whatever you or the kids feel up to on the day.
Chair lifts and e-bikes
Have no fear, the bike lift is here! What’s more, help is to hand getting hooked up. It can be a bit tricky on older chair lifts but with a little practice, you’ll soon master the knack. And if the route you’re after isn’t lift connected, why not climb up on an ebike?
Lunch stops and pick-me-ups at huts and restaurants on the trail cannot be missed. In some places you’ll find local specialities like cheeses from the nearby alp, local beers and regional wines. So if your ride turns into more of a gastro tour, it’s really not your fault.
Sometimes a few pointers go a long way. And as well as lessons, some schools rent bikes, organise socials, group rides, kids camps, adult camps, even ladies only camps. Bike schools in the resort are well worth checking out.
Whether I’m bringing my own steed or hiring, resorts are great because they offer a choice of bike shops for spares, repairs and servicing as well as the latest and greatest rentals. If you’re used to riding a hard tail, try a full suspension bike or if you’ve never ridden an e-bike, there’s no better place to try.
Chilling out at the local lido, sharing a few beers with fellow riders at the lakeside bar or just relaxing in the wellness pool with those brilliant water massage jets – my personal favourite. There are so many ways to unwind in a mountain resort. Of course you can take your pick of ride alternatives and other outdoor activities.
A great holiday with the kids means a great choice of family activities. In mountain resorts the kids are covered, whether it’s a BBQ by the lake, playtime at the local pump track or a day at the treetop climbing centre, every resort has plenty to keep your mini-me(s) entertained.
Best bike lodges
Last but not least, what makes or breaks a memorable mountain bike holiday is the accommodation. I am what you might call picky but to me, top quality lodges with access to bike storage is paramount. Location is also key – easy trail access, walking distance to bars, restaurants and shops.