Because you can’t ride where you want when you want, here are some of the coolest places on the planet to buy ATV rides.
Until a few years ago, the choice of a downhill rider was limited when it came to climbing down the slopes and using the ski lifts to fully enjoy the mountain bike. But now the ski resorts have clearly understood the interest they had in also developing the welcome of the mountain bikers in the summer. In front of them, other bike parks stand out with the installation of shuttles with vehicles equipped with bicycle trailers. Here is our selection of the best bike parks on the planet ATV.
Open: from May to October
Whistler had to be. The Canadian station is probably the best in the world when it comes to downhill ATVs. The number of tracks is impressive, and beginners have as much room as professionals. The ski lifts are fast, the city is as modern as the estate, and it offers everything you need to continue enjoying them in the evening. One example is the Air Dome, on which you can train to improve your jumps.
For the pros, Crabapple Hits and Dirt Merchant are among the best ski runs in the world when it comes to jumps. But Whistler also offers many green and blue tracks for beginners.
Finally, the Garbanzo ski lift and the “Top of the World” track allow you to discover the less visited area of Creekside. The A-Line is also a must-see (and rider) monument if you are passing through the area.
The Portes du Soleil, France/Switzerland
Opening times: from June to September (opening dates differ between stations)
A classic from the old continent to be imperative. The Portes du Soleil include Châtel, Les Gets, Morzine-Avoriaz, Morgins and Champery and are divided between France and Switzerland. Of all these resorts, Châtel has the best bike park. The dozens of tracks and trails are still perfectly maintained by the shapers, and the level of ride reaches peaks on some of the largest jumps in the Alps. For the more natural tracks, you have to go to Morzine to find your happiness, as much for the ride as for the After-ride.
Open: from June to October (opening days vary)
For a Nordic experience in a bike park, the imposing hills of Åre’s Swedish resort are perfect. The setting is magnificent, with many lakes and a sublime forest, especially when the light falls gently during the long summer evenings. It’s like a mini Whistler with cleverly built trails, steep turns, fun jumps and more natural options for those looking for authentic trails.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Open: from September to May
The New Zealand capital of outdoor Life offers many mountain and water leisure activities. But the BIKE is not in the rest. The development of the bike park via the Skyline Gondola has exploded in recent years as has the popularity of this out-of-season destination. When the northern hemisphere is in the winter, many riders go there to enjoy downhill, trail riding, and Lakeside parties. This station is also one of the longest in the world.
Open: from May to October (opening days vary)
Known for its particularly low tax rates, the small state of Andorra, located in the middle of the Pyrenees mountains, has always welcomed many tourists in the mountains. Summer as much as winter. For mountain biking, Andorra has taken advantage of the organization of the downhill and Cross-Country Ski World Cups to gain a good reputation. The principality is also the headquarters of the brand commence.
Vallnord is the main bike park in the country (Soldeu is not far away either). It offers numerous downhill and freerides tracks, for the DH or the enduro, as well as a pump track, an oven-cross and a playground for children. Accommodation and food are cheap, the weather is quite mild, and the season is long enough to enjoy for six months.