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Summer Mountain Bike holidays

May 26, 2015
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This year sees more and more ski resorts open their lifts so that you can experience a spectacular summer mountain bike holidays in the alps. So why then choose Chatel and the Portes du Soleil? The Portes du Soleil perhaps is one of the best know mountain bike areas in the Alps, brought to the forefront approximately 18 years ago in Les Gets. As a result of the World Cup being held here, the resort developed the resort from the publicity gained which spread across into Morzine which links  quite comfortably.Ten years ago, Chatel started the development of the Pre Le Joux area along with Super Chatel, but Super Chatel has since closed due to land ownership issues and for the mountain bike development to be fully concentrated on in one area. The Bike Park at Chatel is possibly the best in the area, offering amazing challenges at all levels. It does appear across the whole of the Portes du Soleil, that new courses are aimed at the sublime and ridiculous which actually means the more main stream runs are free of those aiming to go by you or possibly over the top of you lol !!Your Summer mountain bike holidays in Chatel are open to a whole list of opportunity. The Bike Park of Chatel maybe a big draw for many, but like me, the cross country or free riding routes from Chatel or around those undiscovered mountains are definitely what I am here for. Having been here for 10 years, getting away from the crowds is my main objective. Finding new single track or view points which culminate in awesome descents, what better is there?As many resorts play catch up to Chatel and the Portes du Soleil, it is apparent that everyone now is improving thier game. The infrastructure is better, more riding schools are appearing and the work on the trails greatly improved. The weather last year was a disaster admittedly, but the last time it was that bad was over 50 years ago. Therefore, we are assuming the Summer mountain bike holidays here in Chatel this year will be back to normal with optimum temperature and great riding.

VTT Portes du Soleil 2015

Feb 27, 2015
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As the snow falls in and around Chatel, the planning for the Summer continues. The 11 Feb 2015 saw registrations for the next VTT Portes du Soleil event sell out within minutes. 6000+ riders coming to the Portes du Soleil area for a weekend festival. The dates are confirmed as Fri 26th - Sun 28th June 2015. The main event is being hosted this year in Morzine but all villages have their own special shows going on. This weekend signifies the start of the Summer for mountain bikin in Chatel and the Portes du Soleil with all connecting valley lifts being opened. The lifts do open for the two weekends only before if weather is good and the routes are cleared. The beginning of the season ensures perfectly smooth tracks and definitely the best time of the year to hit the amazing Chatel bike park, free of brake bumps. Cure for brake bumps, is take everyone's brakes off !! lolIt will be interesting this year counting British visitors to the Portes du Soleil as with the weather in the Alps last year being exceptionally uncharacteristically cruel, this may deter a lot of people this year. It appears that every resort is making all efforts now to attract the Mountain bike fraternity, but although popular, is certainly not as popular on the same scale as skiing. In ten years we have been here in Chatel though, we have noticed a massive increase in Summer business. Being an SMBLA Mountain bike leader and coach with a chalet adapted for mountain bikers including storage and cleaning areas has meant we have capitalised to date on the boom.Noticeably in the past year or two, we have seen other nationalities coming to Chatel and staying. What this season beholds, I am not sure, but I do know that I will be riding regardless some amazing sweet single tracks that only I and a few others know ;-) 

Chatel Bike Festival 2014

Jul 12, 2014
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The Chatel Bike Festival starts next week and culminates on Sunday with the Col de Bassachuax Road Bike Climb. This bike festival is a show of the biking industry as a whole from BMX to Mountain bike and even the lycra clad brigade. Come join the fun!

Mountain Bike Season is Upon us!

Jun 10, 2014
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With the IXS Mountain Bike European Cup held last weekend in Morgins, just a stones throw from Chatel, many people took to their bikes once again. As the snow has melted now in Chatel, the trails are stopping to come through ready for the VTT Portes Du Soleil Mountain Bike festival at the end of the month. We will be hosting some experienced guests here at Chalet Lac de Vonnes and looking forward to it. The VTT is a festival which highlights that all connecting lifts between resorts are open for the next two months finishing mid September. Mountain Biking in Chatel and surround Portes du Soleil is not to be missed!

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Jun 8, 2014
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