mountain biking in the alps
Are you thinking of trying something different this summer? Are you tired of the classical beach vacation with the family?
Why not visit the Alps?
If you thought the Alps are only a winter destination, you were dead wrong! While it’s true that they’re the ultimate destination for the cold season, boasting three of the largest ski areas in the world, they’re also one of the best-kept secrets for amazing summer holidays.
mountain biking in the alps
With plenty of activities to keep anyone busy, you’ll find that there is a broad range of experiences for the active vacationers everywhere.
Let’s take a look at two of the most popular: mountain biking and rock climbing.
Biking in the French Alps
The French Alps are quite the popular destination for mountain bikers everywhere. Som of the top resorts, such as Le Tour in Chamonix and Alpe d’Huez (famous for the Megavalanche, a well-known, international mountain bike race) attract thousands of tourists every year.
You can be sure that you’ll find something designed for every level of bike rider here, be it beginner or advanced. However, whether you’re buying an alpine holiday package or you’re planning a biking trip by yourself, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind in order to make sure everything goes smoothly.
- Take a bike you are comfortable riding, and that is well suited for the rough terrain in the Alps;
- Make sure you replace worn out tires;
- Make sure your brakes are working properly;
- Take some spare parts with you, such as tires, tubes, chains or links
- Use bodies armor elements, such as helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and back protectors;
- Take some wet weather clothes and suntan lotion;
Rock Climbing in the French Alps
Rock climbing is another great activity for the more adventurous types out there. The Alps offer a huge variety of possible areas, but it is up to you to choose the right one for your needs.
Chamonix is probably the most renowned spot when it comes to rock climbing in the Alps. However, it can get pretty crowded due to its popularity. Arolla, on the other hand, is a lesser known spot, yet a very good alternative to the overcrowded Chamonix. Not to mention, it’s only one hour and 40 minutes away.
However, to make sure you are safe at all times, keep a few tips in mind that’ll ensure your vacation is as safe at it is fun.
- Thoroughly plan out your trip, so you know both complex and easier routes you’ll be taking;
- Prepare for your adventure by getting in good shape and training – technical climbing skills are important, but they’re not enough if your fitness levels are low;
- Pack carefully – you’ll probably get the hang of efficient packing after a few trips, but try to pack as lightly as possible;
- Start with small goals and work your way up from there – if you’re tempted to take on more than you can handle, acknowledge it and stop before it’s too late. Comfort and safety are always more important than anything else.
If you’re in the mood for something new and exciting this summer, then the Alps are the perfect destination for you, especially if you’re the type of traveler who needs to be involved in different activities constantly.
Even if you’re only looking for a way to relax, going off the beaten path and booking a holiday in the Alps in the offseason can come with a lot of perks, such as lower prices, peace and quiet and a wide variety activities in a truly spectacular landscape.