Despite a somewhat bumpy year or so with the whole world coming to a stop due to COVID-19. Life is starting to get back to normal in Morzine, the trails are thawing out and the mountains are once again full with mountain bikers, excited for the lifts to open on June 12th onwards.
Full lift opening dates here.
One thing has been clear over the past year is that a lot of development of new trails and the massive improvements of existing trails, in both Morzine bike park and the rest of the Portes du Soleil area. I think its fair to say we've seen more trail developments this year than the past 5 combined, it's been great to see the increased downtime put to good use.
Check out some of the Morzine trail developments below.
Morzine Bikepark who manage Le Pleney trails in central Morzine, have been busy developing one of the best natural hills in the area with more legitimate trails. The most noticeable improvement is the complete makeover on the red track, adding lots of jumps, berms and flow to the upper section and completely re-routing the lower section to avoid the steep pitch and difficult terrain. The old trail exit is now marked as a black trail.
Last summer also saw a new beginner pumptrack/ skills area at the top of Le Pleney and the lesser-riden blue track saw a lot of improvements making it safer, flowier & more fun for everyone. The famous Pleney mainline got a revamp to see some relatively well known fast, rooty & natural sections added to the official trail, continuing its legacy of one of the most rough, fast paced downhill tracks in the area. There is no wonder the queue for Pleney lift often looks like a Downhill World Cup starting list.
BIKE PARK LES GETS
Les Gets has seen a huge influx of investment over the past few years after securing the World Cup Contract for 2019, 20, 21 and the Les Gets World Cup Finals 2022. Alongside these huge events, they have been investing serious amount in new & existing trails, plus the new Les Gets trail crew seems to be killing it!
Some of the most noteworthy work is the brand new Jump Park line in Les Gets, this trail is a double black graded expert Jump track, boasting over 26 mostly gap jumps and features. All based under the Nauchets lift, check out the official video above..
The Les Gets Chavennes mainline has also seen a serious revamp with new tabletops, berms and features added the whole way down, even the 20 year old classic 4X section at the bottom has had serious changes. Gone are the days of Les Gets being the braking bump capital of the World and we are couldn't be more stoked.
Remember last year when P2V held a secret race and the world's fastest racers turned up? Held in the middle of a pandemic, with no fans, almost no media & completely shrouded in mystery, this race was a little different to say the least. Well, we have good reason to believe that the real motive behind this race was to act as a precursor to the Les Gets World Cup in 2021, to bed in this fresh track and test out any issues (that first jump seems to qualify if the world's fastest are casing it).
Take a run down this fast, loamy & steep downhill track with the legendary Steve Peat and Luca Shaw, this track looks sure to provide some epic racing and cement Les Gets' prestige as a classic World Cup venue. Les Gets World Cup is scheduled for July 2nd - 4th 2021 and is looking highly likely to go ahead. It's unsure what the situation will be with regards riding this trail outside of racing, but only time will tell.
As for Super Morzine trail updates, the Avoriaz MTB crew that run Super Morzine trails have spent most of last summer maintaining the existing awesome tracks and built a new super booster hip at the top of Super Morzine. On the lead up to this summer we've seen a significant amount of work being done at the top of the hill including a new large road gap and some beautiful looking berms. Our guess is that this is a new top section to the Hattock black trail, check out some spy shots below.
NEW PUMP TRACK
A large new asphalt pumptrack development is underway in Saint Jean D'Aulps just 15 minutes drive from Morzine, featuring multiple loops for beginners to advanced riders plus an asphalt bowl in the centre. This is going to provide many a summer nights entertainment for mountain bikers, bmx, scooters & skateboards. As of late May the pumptrack is well underway, the shape complete and the asphalt ready to be put down. It is due to be finished early June, just in time for summer.
All of these trail developments over the past year, combined with things returning back to normal in Morzine mean this summer is shaping up to be one hell of a summer. Check out the latest Corona Virus developements and how it affects your Morzine holiday here. We are currently offering Corona Virus Risk Free bookings for our Morzine summer holidays, check them out below.