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Mountain Biking in Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez has some of the best big mountain riding in the Alps and famously plays host to the mass-start enduro extravaganza, the Megavalanche. A huge vertical drop means you can ride high alpine rocky terrain right through to flowy singletrack through the trees.

Mountain Biking - Alpe d'Huez

Downhill
Enduro
Huge vertical drop in a big mountain setting.
High altitude reds and blacks are very rocky.

Elevation

Summit 3330 m

Vertical Drop 2610 m

Base 720 m

Lifts (9)

Cable Cars

Chair Lifts

MTB Trails

XC Very good, beginner to advanced

Downhill Excellent, beginner to advanced

Enduro Good, intermediate to advanced

Total Riding 250 km

Bike Park Yes (4)

Bike Wash Yes

Beginner Trails 8

Intermediate Trails 8

Advanced Trails 15

Expert Trails 4

Location Map

Practical Information

Opening times

06 July to 25 August

Resort prices

Day pass: 16 €

Nearest airport

Grenoble (1 hour 30 mins)

Tourist Office

Place Joseph Paganon
38750 Alpe d'Huez
France

Phone: +33 (0)4 76 11 44 44
Web: www.alpedhuez.com
Email: info@alpedhuez.com

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With 35 dedicated mtb trails, Alpe d’Huez is at the heart of one of the biggest mountain biking areas in France and offers some of the very best big mountain terrain in the Alps. This huge biking playground covers 2,600 m of vertical drop from the summit of the 3,330 m Pic Blanc all the way down to the Bourg d’Oisans valley.

Alpe d’Huez sits high up on a plateau and all the riding above the resort is above the treeline. As you climb towards the Sarenne Glacier, the landscape changes from green mountain pastures to a moonscape of rock and scree. In contrast, when heading down from Alpe d’Huez, you can ride a good mix of terrain including some classic forest runs. Alpe d’Huez is adjacent to Les Deux Alpes, making this a great place to base yourself for a week’s riding holiday.

The resort has become infamous due to the hugely popular Megavalanche event, which for many epitomises what mountain biking is all about. From a mass start, riders race the 30 kilometres of trail from the snowy glacier down over steep rocky terrain to the valley floor. Taking part in the Megavalanche has to be on the hit list of any self-respecting enduro rider.

The Mega aside, Alpe d’Huez is paradise for enduro mountain biking. With over 100 km of trails to tackle, you’ll put your full biking skill set to the test while you fill your day riding a mixture of technical singletrack, forest runs and fast open terrain. The graded downhill tracks are shorter but provide an intense experience and the blacks require full concentration and a solid riding ability.

The resort has concentrated in recent years on creating a number of recreational areas, including a pump track, freeride features and north shore. In 2013, the Megavalanche course was reworked above the Chalvet lift, a new red enduro track was opened and two new DH tracks have graced the Auris area. Alpe d’Huez might not be the prettiest resort in the Alps but the mountain biking is epic and the scenery is jaw dropping.

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