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Switzerland

13) Verbier

Situated in the sun drenched south west facing bowl in the canton of the Valais, Verbier is perched high up on the mountainside at an altitude of 1500 m, bordered by France to the west and Italy to the south.

The trails in Verbier are mostly narrow technical singletracks that are not hammered by bikes.  Most contain steep sections and often have significant sections with exposure or sheer drops near the trail edge.

 

Nearest airport ot Verbier: Geneva - 170 km; Milan - 270 km; Zurich - 300 km.

What does Verbier have to offer?

 Cross Country
 Beginner & Intermediate
 Downhill  Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
 Freeride  Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
 Cable Car
 -
 Gondola  YES
 Chairlift  -
 Connected to  -

The bowl of Verbier is the perfect shape for mountain bikes as it allows you to easily gain height using the gondola and then spin out to either end of it's reach along a variety of mellow doubletrack and technical singletracks and pick off routes along the way.  With little effort you can ride a different trail each time, although you will need a shuttle to complete the longest DH runs, which take you beyond Verbier right down to the valley floor.

 

DOWNHILL
There is so much downhill available in Verbier and the great thing is that as many of the routes are old hiking and trading paths they have worn down to a firm base of rock and roots and do not become packed with huge braking bumps.  A Downhill bike is not a necessity here as many of the tight switchbacks are easier on a smaller trail bike. 

FREERIDE
Verbier does not feature a whole lot of Freeride.  The BikePark does have drops, see-saws, doubles and northshore running down through the trails, but the main spirit of riding in Verbier is in the challenge of riding the steep and highly technical trails in the wider Verbier basin away from the BikePark

CROSS-COUNTRY
The resort has produced a trail map with 16 marked Cross Country routes around Verbier and while some of these take in spectacular views they are not a patch on some of the singletrack around the mountains which are not marked on the cyclerntrail.  The Kona BikePark also has marked out a Cross Country itinerary which features some nice trail.   

 

 Summer Lifts Open
 6 June - 25 Oct W/E only //5 July - 22nd Sept All week
 Lift Opening Times  09.30 - 16.30 (always check)
 Lift Prices  A day pass 30 CHF

DIRECTORY:
Tourist Office: T+41 27 775 25 11
Website: verbierbikepark.ch

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