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Level: Advanced
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +2,736/2 ft
Total: 5 riders
 

Mountain Biking Châtel Downhill Trails

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#7 of 56 mountain bike trails in France
#2582 in the world

The Châtel downhill trails are based around two chair lifts high in the mountains above the village of Châtel in the French Alps near the Swiss border.
There are no easy trails but there is plenty of choice for skilled riders. The trails are peppered with all kinds of jumps and big down-swooping berms along with the other usual downhill fun stuff.

Don't miss the trail that starts at the top of the Rochassons chair lift (the high one) and goes over the Col de Bassachaux. It starts with a fast flowing easy jumpy section, crosses the col (saddle), and swoops down to the base of the chair. Serpentine trail is also exceptional. It starts at the top of the Pierre Longines (lower) chair lift.

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
You could get a shuttle up the road from the village of Châtel to the base of the chair lift or you could start in downtown Morzine, go up the Super-Morzine gondola and go cross country from there. There are normally lots of bikers around so you can ask for directions as you go. It's takes about half an hour from Morzine and there are no significant climbs along the way - and one more chair lift after the pair collectively called Super-Morzine
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Châtel, France

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  • chilewings
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    A fantastic place to ride with great views, lots of rental options (from nearby town), well marked trails (lots of variety).

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  • Jim Cummings
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    These are my favorite downhill trails in the Portes du Soleil network which includes thousands of hectares of amazing alpine terrain, dozens of chair lifts and hundreds of kilometers of downhill trails - not to mention enough cross-country trails to last a life time.
    The Chatel trails range from intermediate to extreme; from fast and flowing to slow and technical. The quantity and variety of jumps will wow you and so will the huge sweeping berms.

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