Justride Courchevel mtb reviewIn 2006 justride magazine came to stay with Pleisure holidays, this is what they had to say......
'Courchevel does not have a mountain bike reputation. In Summer 2006 Justride went to find out if, as promised by our hosts, it was the hidden gem of the alps.
A key difference to other Alpine centres we’ve been to is the almost total lack of anyone else using the mountain,
on many days we saw more marmots than people. This meant that there was a raw, natural, wilderness feel and you could concentrate fully on the riding with the runs punctuated by arm pump not the hiker slalom that had irritated us so much last year in Cham.
The 3 valleys area has one of the most comprehensive lift systems in the Alps, although in the summer the lifts are limited to a handful this is not a problem as there is plenty of good riding from the top of all the lifts, 30 minute single track descents
were a multiple daily occurrence many accompanied by 30mph gravel blasts as a warm up. The benefit of this is the very low cost of a lift pass, at around £25 for a week it’s about half the cost of Morzine
We were genuinely surprised and delighted with Courchevel,
we were not sure what to expect or if we’d find enough quality trails to keep us buzzing but we were still finding new routes on our last day. There is a vast amount of trails and a huge variety
, flat out fireroads, densely wooded singletrack, open pastures, rock gardens, steep switchbacks and cruising double track. Whatever your particular fave you’ll find it here and you can climb as much or as little as you wish. 'For anyone who just wants to shred quality trails away from the crowds then there are few better places to be'.
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