Switzerland Mountain Biking


The hardy folk of Switzerland have been walking and hiking their country for centuries, creating endless tracks, some connecting idyllic villages and others zigzagging up snow-covered Alps. With their famous Swiss efficiency, they’ve mapped and signposted most of them for foreigners to enjoy. In fact, they’ve made sure you can access GPS waypoints and route descriptions for just about anything you’d want to ride.

As you can do your own route-finding with these tools, there’s no better country in which to set out on a self-guided, long-distance, mountain bike adventure. Six days of hard riding can take you in a loop around Mont Blanc (with forays into France and Italy along the way). Five days is enough for a fit rider to circle Les Ruinettes and Merdan, starting from Verbier.

Especially for the intermediate, cross-country mountain biker, Switzerland is your playground due to the thousands of options for semi-technical, cross-country rides with lots of intense climbs and sweet singletrack descents. In recent years, there are also more and more opportunities for incredible, lift-accessed downhilling at many alpine resorts looking for summer income.

Castles, vineyards, quaint villages and views of the Matterhorn are all only a pedal stroke or two away.

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