Post by Mary on April 25, 2016
Spring is here and we’re exchanging our fat knobbly tyres for our thinner knobbly tyres! We’re all looking forward to the summer of mountain biking ahead. To whet your appetite here’s a description of Jamie’s favourite trail from last summer, which features in our Alpine Singletrack Week.
It begins on top of the magnificent Col d’Anterne with gob-smacking views of Mont Blanc in the distance. At first the trail is a little off-camber but not too steep. There are multiple fun lines to be had, great little jumps and line choices. The back drop is an impressive wall of rock that is the vertical side of the Pointe d’Anterne and the Tete a l’Ane. A short hard section follows and it’s much steeper for a while. The trail is narrow with a big drop on the right as you negotiate some tricky corners and then you drop down to the easy bit by the Lac d’Anterne.
A short push up a grassy section brings you to the Petit Col d’Anterne. From here there is a short traverse that takes you to a fast flowing section down a gully-like track, with multiple drops. It’s a great fun flat out blast.
You are now overlooking the hidden, spectacular Cirque de Fonts. A switchback descent follows with huge views down to the Samoens valley on one corner and the cirque with Mont Buet above from the other corner. These switchbacks seem never ending on this descent and a cool beer at the beautifully situated Refuge de Fonts on the way down is a must 😉
An easy, fast double track blast brings you back to Sixt before a cruise along the valley trail back to Samoens. A cool vertical mile descended right into our valley from the water shed to the Chamonix valley. This is always a favourite with guests riding our Alpine Singletrack trip.