From the end of June to the first week in September, Val d'Isere opens up its lifts for Mountain Biking and joins up with neighbouring Tignes to make one huge bike park, and the best thing is it's all free!
There are roughly 36km of trails in Val d'Isere itself, with an additional 150km in Tignes making one enormous playground with pump tracks a dirt zone and a mixture of different graded trails for downhill and cross country / enduro rides.
You have free access to two lifts, the Olympique and the Borsat.
From the Olympique and Borsat lifts (in the Bellevarde area) you've got a lot more choice with three blue runs of varying length, a red downhill track and two enduro trails. The longest of the blues "Val Bleue" is 8km long and covers -980m of descent. A similar length trail is the enduro "Into the wild" (marked orange on the trail map) which takes you down -840m finishing up at the bottom of the Solaise and Olympique lifts. This is also where you'll find a bike wash area.
*Please note that the Solaise lift will not be taking bikes in summer, only the Olympique lift*
If you're heading over to Tignes then you need to get on the Blue Lagoon trail which starts from the top of the Borsat chair lift. On the way back the Borsattack track starts at the top of the Toviere lift and runs back down to the bottom of the Borsat lift.
If you want to practise some skills there are 2 pumptracks, one made of wood which you can find in the Manchet Sports park and Village areas, as well as some dirt jumps.
Then for the most confident of riders, why not take a look at the world cup downhill track which starts from the top of the Olympique lift.
Please note that riding anywhere in the Vanoise National Park is strictly forbidden and you will be fined if caught anywhere in there on 2 wheels.
Location: Val d'Isere Valley