on the mountain
Whether you’re a downhill or cross-country mountain biker this area is an undiscovered paradise with endless biking on impressive trails – you can cycle for hours without seeing another biker! It’s a high Alpine single track and downhill playground with ski lift assisted biking from 600 to 2500m during July and August. And it’s not just the downhill bikers who will appreciate the ski lift assistance cross country fans will love the huge range of routes available too. To discover the high mountain plateaus, canyons and fierce singletrack forest downhill runs you don’t have to confine yourself to the high season – you can climb as much as you want to reach the great trails, the best picnic spots and awesome views, and the trails remain open until snowfall.
If you want to combine biking around the Samoëns area with biking in nearby Portes-du-Soleil, you can easily do this – Les Gets is just a 15min drive away from Rêves de Montagne and there are excellent single and double-track routes to bring you right back home.
Rêves de Montagne has secure inside bike storage and wash-hose facilities for bikers. We can organise bike hire for you – including electric downhill bikes. We can also arrange for a bike instructor/guide (with French MCF qualifications) to give you a guided tour, freeride and all-mountain sessions, technical downhill sessions, bike handling and trial biking tuition.
road biking & touring
The Giffre Valley is the perfect area to explore by bike – if you like to take in the scenery and visit pretty Alpine villages or if you’re searching for a hard-core climb to really build your fitness, you’ll find what you’re looking for right here.
For gentler routes, there’s a large choice of flat and moderate ascents to build up your legs and your lungs – you can plan a day’s cycling with rest stops on the way in pretty Alpine villages where you can soak up the view and snack on a picnic. There are also electric (and regular) road bikes for hire which we can arrange for you.
For hard-core cyclists the famous Col de Joux-Plane route is known as one of the best ascents in the Alps. Climbing from 721m to 1,691m with an average gradient of 7.4% (greater than 10% in places) this gruelling climb has proven to be a tough test for the Tour de France competitors and amateurs alike. Spectacular views over the valley and of Mont Blanc add to the reward of completing this challenging route!