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Mountain Biking in Morzine

Morzine is in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, Europe’s best known mountain bike area, and offers great trails accessible right from the town including the legendary Pleney downhill course.


Morzine Mountain Biking Guide

Superb riding, part of the Portes du Soleil network.
The number of riders means trails get a hammering.


Summit 1560m

Vertical Drop 560m

Base 1000m

Lifts (4)

Cable Cars 1

Chair Lifts 3

MTB Trails

XC Very good, beginner to advanced

Downhill Excellent, intermediate to advanced

Enduro Fair, intermediate

Total Riding TBC

Bike Park Yes

Bike Wash Yes

Beginner Trails 2

Intermediate Trails 8

Advanced Trails 13

Expert Trails 5

Location Map

Practical Information

Opening times

20 June to 06 September

Resort prices

1 day pass: 24.50 €, 6 day pass: 98 €

Nearest airport

Geneva (1 hour 20 mins)

Tourist Office

Office de Tourisme Morzine
Place du Baraty
74110 Morzine

Phone: +33 (0)4 50 74 72 72

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Morzine MTB Gallery

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  • Wondering where to go next in Morzine

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  • Pete Murtagh lifts off in Morzine

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  • Cap Canaveral MTB trail in Super-Morzine


  • Dusty MTB trails in Morzine

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  • Hitting a hip jump in Super Morzine


  • Hitting a table-top jump in Super Morzine


Morzine MTB Videos

Morzine is the destination of choice for mountain bikers looking for alpine thrills and spills. The resort has a party atmosphere during the summer months with some of the best trails, restaurants and night-life of all the French resorts.

The Trails

Located about an hour's drive from Geneva airport, Morzine has two main lifts which provide access to ten permanent downhill trails (and counting) and access to dozens more trails across the Portes du Soleil area. The Super-Morzine lift takes you up to the Avoriaz area with its five DH tracks and the freeride trails of the Chatel bikepark. The Pleney lift was out of action in 2013 due to a fire, but Morzine is back to full power now. This lift takes you up to trails aimed mainly at beginner to intermediate riders, but the gradient and the notorious braking bumps still make this challenging riding for most people, especially in the wet.

Cap Canaveral - Downhill Trail - Blue

One of the best trails in Morzine if you like fast flowy berms and jumps is the blue Cap Canaveral track on Super Morzine. A feature-rich snaking trail over 315 m of vertical drop is accessible to all levels. A nice sequence of berms leads into some well-built jumps including a huge table-top and a hip jump. The trail then drops into the trees before emerging with a superb view over Morzine below. If you're an experienced rider you can hit it fast and enjoy styling it up on the jumps, but if you're a more tentative rider, hit it a few times and you'll find this trail a great confidence builder.

The Pleney - Downhill Trail - Black

3.2 km, 500 m of vertical drop, it's a fast, steep, white-knuckle ride. This ex-world cup course is steeped in great YouTube mountain biking moments and it feels a lot steeper, bumpier and intense than it looks on the telly! Starting near the restaurant in La Mouille, the trail drops down to the Pleney cable car station. Super steep, the track snakes in and out of the trees and is broken up with jumps and table tops, hips onto roots, and a rush into a catch-all berm. Some people travel to Morzine just to ride this trail and the more you ride it, the more you'll love it.

Man-made trails aside, Morzine is a playground for many riders who take advantage of the awesome natural terrain. The town has a number of well-equipped bike shops offering well-maintained freeride bikes for hire. The Portes du Soleil is a big draw for professional riders and teams and there is always a good atmosphere in town.

Bike Friendly Accommodation in Morzine

There are loads of accommodation options in Morzine including hotels, guest houses (chambres d'hotes), rental apartments and chalets, but to maximise your time on the mountain it's hard to beat staying in a place run by riders for riders. We've scoured the resort to find the best mtb-friendly options there are with ride-in-ride-out locations, secure bike storage and in some cases bike wash and tools. Here's some recommended bike-friendly accommodation in Morzine:

Hotel l'Aubergade - Morzine

From 78 € per night

Hotel l'Aubergade in Morzine

Located at the foot of the Pleney trails in the centre of Morzine this small rider friendly hotel is in a superb spot. The top notch breakfast included in the room rate will set you up for a day railing the trails. Rooms are comfortable and spacious with views over the mountains.

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Lodge La Ferme D'Elise

From 120 € per night

Lodge La Ferme d'Elise in Morzine

A boutique Alpine lodge situated 1 km from the Pleney lift, this is luxury digs and amazing food. There's secure bike storage and an outdoor hot tub to relax tired limbs after a day on the trails. If you want to end your day on the bike with a bit of comfort La Ferme D'Elise is ideal.

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Eating Out

Morzine is packed with some excellent eateries catering to all tastes and wallets. For traditional French alpine fare, try L'Etale, or the ever-popular Mammas for pizzas, burgers and Asian food.


Morzine's nightlife is the best in the valley. Bar Robinson is a top spot for apres-bike beers - the local Mutzigs pack a punch after a day of high altitude exertion! L'Aubergade puts on a great BBQ every Wednesday as well as having table tennis and crazy golf. If you're up for a late one, then L'Opera is the place to go.

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