The Châtel Bike Park is part of the enormous Portes du Soleil region that spans the French/Swiss border. If you want natural all-mountain trails then they are certainly available, as the Portes du Soleil links numerous different resorts with a network of lifts and trails. So there are plenty of options to explore the wider area. But it’s the man-made downhill and freeride trails that Châtel really excels at. If you’re looking for sculpted berms, big drops, gap jumps and northshore, then this is your kind of place, with most trails jam-packed with these features. Be prepared to put in multiple laps at Châtel – it’s not the sort of place you want to check out as you’re passing through on a tour, as there’s just so much in this one spot. It's important to note that the bike park is not actually in the town of Châtel – it’s 6km down the road at Pre-La-Joux.
Pré la Joux, 74390, Francia
From May to October
downhill/freeride/enduro bike, riding gear, trails map (reccomended)
Downhill, Mountain Biking