In the summer months the Paradiski region of France takes on a completely different scene, the crystal white ski slopes give way to lush green trails and mountain biking is rife. Within Paradiski there are numerous mountain biking areas. Here we look at mountain biking in La Plagne.

Over the last 5 years, La Plagne has worked hard to create a reputation for world-class mountain biking. La Plagne is a fantastic holiday spot for anyone interested in mountain biking with over 200km of dedicated mountain bike trails. These winding trails are comprised of 18 different routes some of which can run for up to 22km. Probably the most spectacular of these sees you descend from the summit of the Roche de Mio at a height of 2700m all the way down into the villages of Monchavin and Les Coches which sit at 1250m. Overall there are a total of 8 downhill trails, 6 endro as well as 4 cross -country trails.

So now you may be thinking wow that 1450m descent sounds amazing but the trail up sounds near impossible! Don’t worry, during the summer months there are a number of ski lifts open to mountain bikers.

The following lifts are open to bikers during the summer:

• Télésiège de la Roche
• Télécabine de la Roche de Mio
• Funiplagne Grande Rochette
• Télésiège de Montchavin
• Télésiège de Plan Bois
• Télésiège de Montalbert
• Télésiège du Fornelet
• Télécabine de Champagny
• Vanoise Express

If you are planning to stay in some of the beautiful La Plagne chalets during your holiday, Les Coches and Montchavin are fantastic bases for mountain biking as they offer access to all of La Plagne’s biking trails but also, via the Vanoise Express, the 93 km of runs in Les Arcs.

Monchavin and Montalbert are areas of La Plagne with 3 enduro trails each. It’s easier to access these trails by using the Télécabine de Champagny as the cable car will take you to the start of 3 tracks that wind down through the Piste des Bois to Champagny. You can either head down towards the Col de Forcle or Mont de la Guerre. There are also a few beautiful trails alongside the Doron river, these can range from nice relaxing easy rides to challenging those who enjoy a little white knuckle rides. Montchavin also has a new bike “fun park” that is open to everyone.

By yanam49

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