There is no doubt that other resorts in the French Alps are better set up for mountain biking (more hire shops, repair centres, and most importantly – runs and chairlifts), but the Belleville Valley is a good place to both learn the ropes and also begin to explore the more adrenaline-fuelled side of this increasingly-popular extreme sport.
The following gives you an idea of the infrastructure of the valley over the summer months:
- The Reberty chairlift runs every day (except Saturdays), which has a good introductory trail underneath it
- The Roc des 3 Marches 1 bubble has a number of runs that come off it and this is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- The Bruyeres bubble takes you right to the top of the valley, and you can drop over into Meribel or Val Thorens, or remain in this valley. This is open on Mondays and Wednesdays
- The St Martin 1 chairlift gives access to the excellent run back into the town which has a number of features and the possibility to take harder or (slightly) easier paths through it. This is open on Fridays and Sundays
- The bubble on La Masse gives a different perspective on the valley, and you can enjoy this side of the mountain on Fridays and Sundays
The valley is also a wonderful playground for enduro biking – which involves climbing and descending, and all around the area is excellent for road biking with a number of recognised climbs across the region.
Read more about the mountain bike trails here