Summer Mountain Biking and Hiking – Lift Opening Dates in the Alps

Well winter may be over here in the Alps, but dust off your walking shoes and bikes, as its mountain biking andhiking that are now the activities of choice. So let us tell you when and where you can access the breathtaking summer scenery the Alps has to offer.
 
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Portes Du Soleil
With 650km of mountain bike trails across the valley, there’s a great variety for all levels as well as well marked hiking trails. The ‘PassPortes Du Soleil’ event is the major event to mark the start of the season and is a must for any keen mountain bikers. http://www.passportesdusoleil.com/passportes-2015-edition.html

Lifts are open between these dates:
The Pleney and Morzine – 13th June  – 4th September
Point de Nyon –13th July – 21st August (Hikers only)
Les Gets – 20th June – 6th September
Avoriaz Prodains – 26th to 28th June and 4th July to 31st August
Chatel  -26th June-  6th September
For full details of Portes du Soleil Summer lift dates see here – http://medias.morzine-avoriaz.com/documents/DATES_OUVERTURE_REMONTEES_MECANIQUES_PORTES_DU_SOLEIL_2015.pdf
 
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Chamonix
With hiking being the resorts main focus, there is something for all levels. If you are up for the challenge, try the Tour of Mont Blanc, a 200km trip around France, Italy and Switzerland, only for accomplished hikers it takes around 8-10 days. Threes plenty of mountains biking trails too, just beware of some restrictions during the busy summer months. (http://www.thechamonixbikebook.com/news/july-august-whats-rideable/)
Aiguille du Midi  –  1st June – 1st November
Vallorcine Cable Car – 27th June – 20th August
Grand Montets – 27th June – 13th September
For full details of the Chamonix Summer lift dates see here – http://www.chamonix.net/english/lift-systems/dates-times#grands-montets
 
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Verbier
With the now legendary Bike Park, Verbier has plenty to offer for walkers, bikers and climbers.
Les Ruinettes 18th  – 22nd May,  25th  – 29th May, 1st – 3rd June, 8th – 12th June, 15th – 19th June and 22nd– 26thJune
Le Chable – Les Ruinettes (Bike Park) Weekends from the 6th to the 28th June. It is then open through the summer, then back to weekends  from 26th & 27th September to the 25th October.
 
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Alpe D’Huez
With 100km of mountain biking terrain, and some lifts that are free for pedestrians (Mont de Lans) the great views from the resorts glacier are definitely worth a visit.
4th July -23rd August
 
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Les Deux Alpes
The resort has recently updated their summer activities, with a new bike park, 100km of tracks and 5 cross country routes, in addition to vast hiking routes for all levels.
20th June – 29th August
 
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Kitzbuhel
1000km of hiking trails and 800km of cycling and biking trails Kitzbuhel sets a high bar for other resorts. They even have their own mountain bike festival (20-28th June) called Kits Alp Bike celebrating 20 years this year. (http://www.kitzalpbike.com/en/)
Hahnenkamm Cable Car 13th June -26th October, plus  Every Friday, night rides from 26th June to 18th September.
Kitzbüheler Horn Cable Car – 9th May – 4th of October
Horn Cable Car to summit – 16th May – 4th of October
For full details of Kitzbuhel Summer lift dates see here – http://www.bergbahn-kitzbuehel.at/en/timetable-summer-2014.html
 
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Mayrhofen
Not as well known for its biking the Zillertal valley has plenty on offer, from hidden lakes and wild flowers for hikers and plenty of mountain biking with 800km of trails available.
Ahornbahn 23th May – 18th October
Horbergbahn4th July to 06th September


If you have more dates or events to add, for any other popualr resorts, please let us know and we’ll add them to this list.

The Ski-Lifts Team