Post by Mary on November 22, 2022
After an unseasonably warm autumn the temperatures are finally heading towards zero and the first snows of winter have covered the peaks in our valley. The colour scape is stunning right now: green grass in the meadows, burnt orange autumn leaves, snowy white summits and azure blue skies. Once the snow reaches the valley floor it will be winter bike trip season. We’ll be switching our trail bikes for fat bikes and hoping some of you will join us on the winter trails.
We started November with a family trip to the Swiss Valais and the Italian Lakes. We rode a stunning Swiss trail with the kids, starting high above Leukerbad and dropping a cool 2000m to the valley below. It was about 30km with seemingly endless flowing singletrack, covered in pine needles, with very little bike traffic. There was nothing too technical on the route so you could focus on soaking up the breathtaking views of several 4000m Swiss peaks. There were a lot of short, punchy climbs during the first half of the route. All above 2000m so they really did take your breath away. About 350m of climbing in total. Our son was not amused but he cheered up for the second half, which was mostly descending! There are so many good trails in this area. Some of which we ride on our Eiger Tour.
As we head into the end of November our thoughts are turning to winter trails. If you have never tried a winter bike trip in the Alps, why not give it a go this year? It’s the perfect tonic for mid-winter blues. If you’re a non-skier it’s a fantastic alternative winter snow sport. If you are a skier then it’s a wonderful way of getting away from the crowds of the resort and experiencing the true beauty and tranquility of the mountains.
We run long weekend and mid-week fat biking trips. The classic formula is 3 nights and 2 days of guided winter biking. You can stay in our holiday apartment or we can help you to find hotel or chalet-style accommodation. If you happen to be on a skiing holiday in one of the Grand Massif resorts (Samoens, Morillon, Sixt, Les Carroz, Flaine) then why not book a half day fat biking adventure with us.
We hope to see you out here this season for a winter bike trip.
Happy winter everyone!