The Mountain Bike Chalet

Catered Mountain Bike Holidays in Les Arcs

The Mountain Bike Chalet is located in Les Arcs, France, home to some of the best singletrack, cross country and downhill mountain biking in the French Alps. With lift access to purpose built trails and untouched single track The Mountain Bike Chalet will cater for you whatever Alpine riding you crave!

RIDING LES ARCS

Les Arcs’ reputation as a world class mountain bike destination cannot be denied. The resort incorporates something for all riders, from a world class downhill course to northshore trails and from slopestyle parks to massive backcountry.

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The Mountain Bike Chalet

Chalet Algonquin

Our beautifully converted C18 farmhouse features a huge comfortable open plan living room with adjoining balcony, an afternoon sun trap, from where you can relax after a hard days riding and enjoy fantastic views of the valley. Each of the 6 bedrooms are individually designed, all with en suite facilities and beds can be configured to suit the needs of your group. We can accommodate 18 guests in total, 14 guests in the main farmhouse and a further 4 in the adjoining apartment.

There’s plenty of bike storage in our garage and a good range of tools in our workshop to help keep them rolling. Combined with delicious home cooked food we will be sure keep you fighting fit to tackle all the endless flowing single track that Les Arcs can throw at you.

Why not check out our very competitive pricing or drop us a line to see if we have availability.

Endless Single Track

RIDING IN LES ARCS

Les Arcs’ reputation as a world class mountain bike destination cannot be denied.  This resort incorporates something for all riders, from a world class downhill course to northshore trails and from slopestyle parks to massive backcountry.

We know, however, that for you it’s the awesome singletrack descents that will bring you to Les Arcs. With the highest lift accessible start point at 2700 metres and the valley floor  2000 vertical metres below there are literally hundreds of kilometres of trails to throw yourself down, jaw-dropping open tracks of the high mountain lead down into the forest for some seriously technical adventure.

 Whether you want an adrenalin-charged challenge or a more leisurely appreciation of the stunning trails and breathtaking views of the Tarentaise valley, the trails here will not fail to satisfy.

DAY TRIPS

As well as having some of the best terrain in the world on our doorstep we also have some other fantastic resorts within easy reach of the chalet. Subject to minimum numbers, we will be offering optional away days to enable you to experience some of the other amazing riding the region has to offer. (Prices to be confirmed)

  • La Thuile (1hr drive)
    Downhill, freeride and singletrack. Typically dusty, steep and flowing. Great fun on any bike although some suspension is advised as it can get a bit hairy in places
  • Tignes (50mins drive)
    Freeride and Downhill and smooth flowing trails with some large man-made features such as wall rides, step downs, creek gaps and the infamous step up. (none are compulsory). With the addition of the lake activities available in Tignes (although the water is a bit chilly for most of the season) this is a great day out.
  • Pila(3 hours drive) – Downhill. Ex world cup track and seriously steep prolonged descents. Fantastic for a days riding, fully recommended for those that really want to go fast and get loose. Downhill bike recommended.

SUMMER 2018 PRICES

WORKSHOP

BIKE STORAGE

DRYING ROOM

BIKE WASH

ALL DATES ONLY £439

7 nights full board*

All we need is a £50 deposit to reserve your summer holiday

*except on our day off

BREAKFAST

PACKED LUNCH

AFTERNOON TEA

3 COURSE DINNER WITH WINE

FANCY A DISCOUNT?

Feel free to claim ONE of the following if you think you qualify

LOYALTY DISCOUNT

7 nights full board*

If you’ve stayed with us before you can claim a 10% returning guest discount if you book before the end of January 2018

FREE PLACES

Got a group of ten or more?
Claim a free place.

 

15% OFF 2 WEEKS

Stay for two weeks and get a 15% discount

40% OFF FOR 15'S AND UNDER

40% off for kids aged 15 and under

 

HOLIDAY DATES

All holidays are Saturday to Saturday
ARRIVAL DATE:

8th July

15th July

22nd July

29th July

5th August

12th August

19th August

26th August

WHAT'S INCLUDED

7 Nights Full Board Accommodation
Breakfast
Packed lunch
Afternoon tea
Dinner
Wine is served with the evening meal.

We have one day off mid week.
We can recommend local restaurants for lunch and dinner on this day.

Trail Advice and Planning

Secure Bike Storage

Workshop Facilities

Bike Wash

Drying Room

Linen and Towels

WIFI, TV, DVD and Freesat

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Guiding:
We no longer offer guiding, but can put you in contact with local qualified guides.

Flights/Travel to Resort:
Only £45 Each Way from Geneva every Saturday
* For flights arriving and departing between 10:00 and 16:00. See Terms

Insurance

Paradiski Lift Pass:
Approximately 80 euros per week.

Lunch and Dinner on Our Rest Day

Please check out our terms.

Travel

Whether you plan on flying, driving or taking the train we hope that you find information here to make your journey easier.

Airport Transfers

Every Saturday we run a minibus and trailer to Geneva, typically arriving at 10am and leaving again at 4pm.  If you can not fly into Geneva then we can arrange for transfers from other airports, but the cost is likely to be higher, particularly for smaller groups and individuals.

Flights

There are a few airports serving Les Arcs (Geneva | Lyon | Grenoble) all with reasonable transfer times to The Mountain Bike Chalet.

Geneva Airport
The most popular airport is Geneva, 2.5 hours away.

The (unofficial) web site genevaairport.net has some good information, in particular it has a good rundown on the airlines flying into Geneva which should help you to find a regional airport close to your home. You could also try the official web site gva.ch as another source of information.

Lyon Airport
Lyon airport is just under 3 hours away.
The Lyon Airport web site is quite helpful and lists the airlines serving it.

Grenoble Airport
Grenoble airport is a bit closer than Lyon at 2.5 hours away, they have their own web site or there is quite a good unofficial site.

Airlines Serving Local Airports
The following airlines serve some or all of the above airports. It is not an exhaustive list and it is worth checking the web sites of the above airports for a full list.

  • ba.com
  • gofly.com
  • easyjet.com

By Train

There are high speed links from Paris to Bourg St Maurice on the TGV by day (approx 5 hours) or overnight sleeper trains (approx 9 hours), which combined with the Eurostar service from London St Pancras can make for a hassle free journey.

Bourg St Maurice is only 15 minutes drive from Chalet Algonquin. We can arrange a taxi from either Landry or Bourg St Maurice station for you.

By Car

There are excellent motorway links to within an hour of The Mountain Bike Chalet. A 10 hour journey time from Calais, allowing only for fuel stops, is not unrealistic, with toll charges of approximately 80euros.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

There are plenty of activities on offer in and around Les Arcs should you want a change of scene for the day or maybe your non biking other half wants to come and stay too.

Parapenting
Rafting
Canoeing
Canyoning
Mountaineering and Glacier Hiking
Parc Acrobatique Gli Air
Climbing
Via Ferrata
Hiking

Vanoise National Park
Notre Dame de Vernettes
The Palais de la Mine
Aiguille rouge

Professional local guides.
Professional guides are available locally to take you to see the local flora and fauna, lakes and high summits.

Swimming
Golf
Sightseeing

Castles/Fortifications.
Les Chemins du Baroque

FAQ

Tips For You and Your Bikes Before You Come on Holiday

Spend time on your bike – Nothing beats confidence and experience, so don’t worry if you don’t have the latest Ti seatpost clamp, get out and ride your bike and make sure you are comfortable on it before you come.

Powerful brakes are strongly recommended. Hydraulic disc brakes with large rotors are the best. These will give you more confidence and control when you’ve been descending for up to 45 minutes!

Dual Ply tyres are recommend as the volume of descending done in one week can wear out thinner tyres. Maxxis and Schwalbe are usually the most successful.

We would recommend being able to drop your saddle right down. If you are unable to do this on bikes with interrupted seat tubes, you may wish to bring a spare ‘stubby’ seatpost just in case.

Short stems and wide bars are not just trendy…they really help you control your bike when descending. We’d recommend stems less than 75 mm.

Due to the amount of downhill that is possible in one week, accidents can happen. So strap on some armour. We have a small selection available at the chalet for you to hire if required but having your own means you know it will fit. Minimum requirements are open face helmet, gloves and knee pads, however elbow pads and full face helmets are recommended as well.
We will have a selection of spares and rental parts just in case but you can easily ware out a set of brake pads in a week so i’ts always worth bringing your own if you have them!

Bring a riding jacket and some warm clothes. We still go out in the wet!

What Insurance do I need?

Travel Insurance is essential and should be taken out as soon as you book your holiday so that your flights and deposit are covered if anything goes wrong before you travel.

It might sound obvious but you must make sure that your insurance covers you for lift assisted mountain biking in the Alps as some companies don’t. Bring the policy with you along with your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

You could try Sports Cover Direct

What Riding Can I Expect to Find In Les Arcs?

Les Arcs has trails to suit all abilities and after only a week you will see massive improvements in your riding. Those who are new to mountain biking will love the rolling green pastures and smooth single track the area has to offer without feeling intimidated, while more experienced riders can challenge themselves on steeper, tighter and faster tracks found in the area. The Joy of riding in the Paradiski region is that everyone can enjoy themselves on any style of mountain bike! In addition our friendly hosts are on hand to offer suggestions for where to head and can point you in the right direction of our favourite trails.

What Bike Should I Bring?

Les Arcs and La Plagne offer such huge variations in trail, there are tracks to suit you, whatever sort of riding you are after! The most important consideration is to be comfortable on the bike that you will be using out here. Previously you may not have experienced a 45 minute descent or the volume of vertical meters that can be covered in one week (typically over 20 000 m). We would recommend bringing a bike with some suspension unless you’re a dedicated hardtail rider or very skilled!

Our hosts use a variety of bikes depending on the terrain that is to be tackled that day. Anything from a tough hardtail with 4 inch forks, through to a full on Dh bike with 8 inches of travel and a few in between. As we are based in a lift accessed region of the Alps there is plenty of opportunity for quality, varied descents with little or no pedalling to be done if that’s what you want.

Therefore if you have the option of choosing your bike to bring on holiday, go for the one that has stronger wheels, powerful brakes and suspension.

Why Do You Not Offer Guiding?

There is currently an ongoing legal battle between the French authorities and many of the English Guides working in France.

If however you would like to book into a guiding group we can arrange this for you through a local guiding company. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for details.

USEFUL LINKS

TRAVEL

ba.com
gofly.com
easyjet.com

whiterides.co.uk
Airport transfers

 
MTB

welshgravityenduro.com
Welsh Gravity Enduro series and Mash Up

CONTACT & BOOKING

Thank you for your interest in booking a holiday with The Mountain Bike Chalet in Les Arcs, France.

Please check with us that the dates you are interested in are available. You can do this by either

Telephoning us in France on +33 4 79 08 03 66 (Only in July and August)

Telephoning us in the UK on +44 7531 652419

Emailing us at info@themountainbikechalet.com

 

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