Chamonix has a great network of mountain bike trails, which are easily accessible and suitable for beginners and families, to downhill and riders who are more fond of technical, rocky trails.
Chamonix tourist office have produced a handy pocket sized map outlining around 20 dedicated MTB trails, from Vallorcine all the way to Servoz. It includes information on the mountain biking code of conduct, emergency phone numbers and information on trails and how they are graded. In simple terms the trails are graded like pistes – green for easy, blue for intermediate, red for more difficult trails and black, the hardest level.
There are a number of liaison trails that you can follow too, linking one part of the valley to the other, or across into Switzerland. You can also use the local trains to get around with your bike. Each carriage allows a maximum of 5 bikes and travel is free with your “carte d’hote” or guest card, which we give to all our guests on arrival. In July & August there are also special bike buses laid on – look for V1 and V2 on the Chamonix bus timetables. These are also free with the guest card.
Where can you rent a bike in Chamonix?
We work with a number of local suppliers who rent all kinds of bikes; bikes for children, downhill bikes, cross country or enduro bikes, town bikes, road bikes and electric mountain bikes. Check out their websites below for prices and how to book.
Sanglard – E-bikes for adults & children
Legend CHX – All mountain, road bikes, enduro, E-bikes, downhill, fatbikes, children’s bikes
Slash Chamonix – All mountain, road bikes, E-bikes, bike trailers
Intersport Chamonix – Children’s bikes, hard tails, fatbikes, enduro, E-bikes, road bikes
Zero G – Mountain bikes, E-bikes, children’s bikes
Good sources of local MTB information
Check in on some really in depth information from local riders on all the best places to ride, and some secret trails that aren’t included on the trail map from the tourist office!
Where to get your mountain bike fixed / serviced?
OK you may not have destroyed your bike like Kerry McGarry did at Redbull Rampage, but if you need a service, some parts replaced or some good advice on what to do, here are a few of the local bike maintenance shops we use:
Double D bikes– Les Praz
Slash Chamonix– Chamonix centre