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Mountain biking for all abilities in the Grand Massif
Local guides can help you find the best trails

Mountain Biking in Samoens and the Grand Massif

The Mountain Bike Trails
Mountain Bike Hire
Mountain Bike Guiding
Mountain Biking with Children

Samoens and the Grand Massif is a truly world class destination for mountain bike holidays. Not only are there over 615km of marked trails, but 6 lifts are open during the summer and provide quick and easy access to an ever expanding and improving network of downhill and enduro trails. There is something for every mountain biker in the summer, from hair raising black graded descents, to fun family friendly green trails, and fantastic cross country loops on the valley floor.

Samoens, known for its fantastic natural trails, has hosted a round of the Enduro World Series which brought the biggest names in the world of mountain biking to the village – Jerome Clementz, Fabien Barel, and Dan Atherton to name just a few! Read about the event in our article The Enduro World Series. Les Carroz regularly hosts a round of the Coupe de France, France’s premier downhill series, while Morillon has played host to a round of the Coupe Rhone-Alpes downhill series.

For families and those looking for more relaxed mountain biking options, there is a vast network of great paths on the valley floor linking Morillon, Samoens and Sixt with many picturesque hamlets, hidden lakes and waterfalls to provide days of exploration and fun.

The Mountain Biking Trails - Samoens, the Grand Massif and the Haute Giffre Valley

The Grand Massif Lift Network - Downhill and Enduro Trails

Samoens and the Grand Massif provide an excellent range of lift-served mountain biking trails for those seeking gravity based adventures. Samoens provides generally steep and technical trails more suited for experienced riders, while Les Carroz and Morillon offer some great trails which are perfect for families and less experienced riders.

In Samoens, the Grand Massif Express gondola is open from late June until the end of August, while the Chariande Express (Samoens) and the rest of the Grand Massif open in early July until the end of August. A Grand Massif day pass costs €29 which allows unlimited uplifts, while various other options are available. Visit the Grand Massif website for more details. These trails are also accessible outside the lift season either by pedal power, or by the shuttle service provided by Mountain Spirit.

Download the Grand Massif Trail Map 2021.
Download the Les Carroz Trail Map 2021.

Samoens and the Haute Giffre Valley - Enduro and Cross Country Trails

Mountain bikes, and e-bikes, are the perfect mode of transport for exploring our valley! Outside of the lift served trails, there are many other cross country and enduro trails which are ideal for all levels of experience. In particular, the riverside trails linking the lakes of Samoens and Morillon are perfect for families.

Check out our suggested mountain biking itineraries from beginner to advanced

Lift-served mountain bike routes in Samoens, Morillon and Sixt:

Route Name

Start Point

Length

Descending

Ascending

    

Difficulty Intermediate

 

 

 

 

6

Le Dian-Dian 

Les Saix

7,3 km

900 m

 

10

Perce-Neige 

Sommet de Chariande Express

4,3 km

520 m

 

11

La Marvel

Sommet de Bergin

3,8 km

510 m

 

12

Le Dahu 

Sommet de Chariande Express

5,4 km

540 m

 

19 Monchu Sommet de Bergin 1,4 km 290 m  

41

Les Praz

Sommet de Bergin

10,5 km

920 m

 

42

Tréchard

Sommet de Bergin

6,5 km

510 m

 

45

Les Cuttes 

Les Esserts

3,8 km

390 m

 

 

Difficulty: Difficult

 

 

 

 

00

Coulouvrier

Le Dahu (12)

1,7 km

470 m

 

1

La Lanche

Perce Neige (10)

4,4 km

600 m

 

2

La Stevan

Les Esserts

2,1 km

390 m

 

5 bis

L’Abadée

Les Saix

6,2 km

900 m

 

7

La Corne

le Dahu (12)

2,3 km

190 m

160 m

8

Liaison Morillon

« croisement de l’Echarny »

1,7 km

110 m

20 m

15

La Vieille

sommet de Bergin

1,6 km

50 m

60 m

18

Esserafond

la Lanche (1)

2,5 km

260 m

50 m

53

La Char

Les Saix

5,9 km

900 m

 

54

Grand Crêt 

Les Saix

6,8 km

900 m

 

 

Difficulty: Very Difficult

 

 

 

 

3

L'Arête

Les Esserts

2,7 km

390 m

 

4

Le Chable 

Les Saix

4,7 km

900 m

 

5

L’Abadée 

Les Saix

5,4 km

900 m

 

16

Dré dans l'Pentu

Sommet de Bergin

2,9 km

510 m

 

22

Méli-Mélo

Les Saix

6,5 km

900 m

 

23

La Zumbi 

Les Saix

4,7 km

900 m

 

68

Les Grandes Platières – Sixt

Les Grandes Platières

13,5 km

1 800 m

 

Samoens, Morillon and Sixt mountain bike trails outside the lift served network:

Route Name

Start Point

Length

Descending Ascending

         

Difficulty : Very Easy

 

 

 

 

57  

Morillon-Samoëns

Morillon Village

5,2 km

0 m

20 m

59

Les Vallons

Samoëns village

6,3 km

50 m

50 m

65

Sixt – Salvagny

Sixt village

6 km

110 m

110 m

 

Difficulty: Intermediate

 

 

 

 

62

Fer à Cheval – Morillon

Cirque du Fer à Cheval

17 km

360 m

80 m

         

Difficulty: Difficult

 

 

 

 

62  

Morillon – Fer à Cheval

Morillon Village

17 km

80 m

360 m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detailed information on individual trails, including maps, can be found here.

Les Gets, Morzine and the Portes du Soleil are just 20 minutes drive away with plenty of downhill and cross country routes and dozens of lifts open. Mountain Spirit are offering uplifts to the top of the Col de Joux Plan every morning though the summer (advanced booking only - 0033 (0)4 56 12 78 39), from which you can drop into Les Gets, so even if you don't have a car you can have a days biking in the Portes du Soleil and return via the trails from the Bougeoise peak.

Bike Hire in Samoens

Xtreme Glisses, Samoens

Rental of normal bikes (mountain bikes, road bikes, enduro bikes, downhill bikes) and electric bikes (mountain bikes, road bike, child bikes). 10% discount for all our customers, reservations are made by email or telephone.

Telephone: 0033 (0)4 50 89 82 30 - website

Mountain Spirit, Samoens

Telephone: 0033 (0)4 56 12 78 39 - website

Planete Glisse, Samoens

Telephone: 0033 (0)4 50 90 57 69 - website

Roland Gay Ski Service, Samoens

Telephone: 0033 (0)4 50 34 42 44 - website

Mountain Spirit offer supervised trips in mountain biking, electric bike, canyoning and hiking. As well as private lessons, guiding, and children group lessons. Store and workshop year round, Mountain Spirit also offers mountain bikes, electric bike, and fatbikes rental. English website Telephone: 0033 (0) 4 56 12 78 39.

They have a good range of mountain bikes from family bikes rentable by the half day (9 Euros), full suspension enduro or downhill bikes, fat bikes and e-fat bikes, which are great fun whether in Summer or Winter! Alps Accommodation guests receive discounts with the above hire shops.

Mountain Bike Guiding in Samoens

Mountain Spirit offers guided mountain bike trips, electric bikes, canyoning and hiking. The only officially recognised MCF school in Samoens and the Grand Massif, you'll find private classes, guided tours and group classes for kids. Offering a shop and workshop year-round, Mountain Spirit is your one-stop shop for all your mountain bike, electric bike, fatbike and, for the winter, ski rental needs. During spring and autumn, they also offer uplifts at the weekend, to the Bourgeoise and Samoens 1600, as well as Bourgeoise uplifts throughout the summer first thing in the morning and in the evening. For further information contact them on mountainspirit.sports@gmail.com

If you are an experienced biker, looking for a specialist mountain biking package including a guide, then please see Ride The Alps and let them know we recommended you!

Have you read our article on Fat Biking - What is it?

Mountain Biking for Children

For the children, you may wish to organise a few hours biking with a guide around Samoens and the valley, or for more experienced children, a half days downhill biking (10 years plus and previous biking experience). This is with Alexandre Lachoix based at Xtreme Glisse who is a fully qualified French certified mountain bike instructor (MCF - moniteur cycliste francais). Prices start at 18 Euros for 3 hours for the younger kids, up to 25-29 Euros for half days downhill. Please note these prices do not include bike hire or lift passes, although bikes and equipment can be hired at Xtreme Glisse. For more information please contact him on email: a.lachoix@gmail.com

Samoens and the Haut Giffre valley offers fantastic trails for all abilities
Mountain biking in Samoens
Mountin biking with stunning scenery
Samoens offers a fantastic mix of man made and natural mountain bike trails

Local’s Tips

Samoens - Les Carroz - Morillon loop (allow a full day)

This is a fantastic loop, suitable for all levels when conditions are dry, which offers a great sense of adventure while taking in the fantastic new green descent in Les Carroz.

Starting in Samoens, jump on the Grand Massif gondola which will take you all the way to Samoens 1600 without a single pedal stroke! From there, make the short descent down to the Chariande Express chair lift and take this up to 2120m. From this lofty height you follow a double track all the way down to the top of the Keduze gondola in Les Carroz which is signposted all the way. For those who have skied in the Grand Massif, the route follows exactly the same route you would take in winter. You will definitely want to stop for photos of the amazing views on the way down!

From the top on the Keduze gondola, join the green run called ‘Woody Woodbiker’ and follow it all the way down to the bottom of the gondola. This is a brilliant, fun track which swoops it’s way through beautiful forests and is very well marked and easy to follow. For those looking for something more challenging, Les Carroz offering a great selection of other tracks including a fast and fun blue, and several blacks, or simply spend a few hours on the great green track! Remember to allow 2-2.5hrs for the return from Les Carroz to Samoens!

When you have finished exploring the wonderful forests of Les Carroz, it's time to start the journey back to Samoens. From the top of the Keduze gondola, begin by climbing the double track which you descended earlier. Carry on climbing past the top of the ‘Gron’ chair lift on your left. Just before the top of the next chairlift, take the double track to the left and then at the next junction take a left to descend the ridge (L’Arete piste in winter) following the double track all the way down to L’Igloo restaurant. Refreshments are available here, as is a sunny terrace with deck chairs and stunning views! From here the blue track of the Marvel is signposted – an easy, fast, track which winds it’s way down to Morillon 1100 (via the Marvel ski piste). From Morillon 1100, there are a few options to descend to the valley floor. For less experienced riders, or those low on energy, take the road down for a leisurely and scenic descent through sleepy hamlets with more great views. The easiest bike track is blue track 45 which follows a natural walking trail for a fun descent with a few steep and rocky sections thrown in.

Arriving at Morillon village, head for Lac Bleu join up with the gentle river trail which takes you back to Samoens. Why not stop at La Covagne on the edge of the lake for a well deserved end of day ice cream or even a quick swim in the lake.

Check out our blog - Samoëns and the Grand Massif – Your #1 destination BIKE!

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