The Swiss mountain resort of Crans-Montana has launched a new downhill mountain bike track following approval that has taken 7 years to complete.
There’s 3 km of marked and approved trails, linking the Chetzeron track to Arnouva, with the usual adrenaline thrills to be expected along the way.
Crans-Montana’s commune (CME) and the Crans-Montana ski lift company (CMA) have been able to inaugurate the new blue Downhill trail following the agreement of the different stakeholders who have worked side by side with real determination during the project in order to offer a variety of safe routes. Despite the complexity of certifying trails of this type, the destination is proud to be able to offer visitors and residents routes that are not just varied, but are also marked and secure, and perfect for cyclists of all levels.
After the wait for approval, there were 4 months of trail construction and hard work by a close-knit, motivated team, before the new downhill route was formalised. At around 3 km long, the fun, open to all, and with raised bends route has everything a mountain-biker needs for a thrilling downhill experience.
Opening Up Access To Mountain-Biking
The Swiss Ski School (ESS) Crans-Montana, and specifically the Bike School, have welcomed the news and Nicolas Masserey, director of ESS Crans-Montana, said: “It has been long-awaited, because it corresponds to our clients’ level, as they’re mostly young beginners. Until now, it has been difficult to offer a good first experience on a suitable course”.
He makes a comparison with a beginner skier, who after a few exercises on the flat, has to launch themselves down a red piste. This blue piste, suitable for a significant number of visitors to Crans-Montana, enables everyone to enjoy themselves, adapting their speed to their abilities. According to Nicolas Masserey, the new certified track also enables them, “to imagine developing bike lessons, making this activity more widely accessible”.
For the resort of Crans-Montana, this result achieves a significant milestone, and one that is very much part of a desire for long-term development. Crans-Montana’s desire to offer a real playground to sports lovers, throughout all 4 seasons, inevitably includes developing its bike routes and a variety of tracks.
About Crans-Montana Mountain Biking
A Playground without Limits, From Mountaintops to the Valley
With a network of 200 kilometres of road cycling routes, 177 kilometres of marked mountain bike, cross-country and enduro trails, a total vertical height gain of 2,350 metres, three Downhill cycling tracks finishing in a Northshore area, Crans-Montana offers a variety of possibilities for all cyclists. Several establishments have been awarded the Swiss Bike Hotels label, welcoming visitors searching for a cycling break in a sunny region, and in the heart of unspoiled natural surroundings.
Crans-Montana therefore offers three additional Downhill tracks: a black, red and blue. Passing through the ski area, the routes offer panoramic views over the Rhone Valley before sections in the forest, which lead to the technical parts.
In a second phase, the blue track will also offer a departure point from Merbé. This future evolution will thus make it easier for beginners to learn downhill cycling.