Leysin /


At the Eastern end of Lake Geneva, Leysin Bike Park in Switzerland is developing in to a great bike park for riders of all skill levels. There are 3 main areas, the DH trails, the XC trails, and skills area. For the downhillers, there are several trails available of varying difficulty levels. For 2011 a new section of track was created in stark contrast to the rest of the technical single-track trails here, basically providing a big-hit jump trail. It starts with a gap jump of over 2 meters, followed by a double 9 meters long, and several doubles of 4 to 7 meters in length are due to follow. But all these have chicken runs so riders not sure if they can hit the big stuff can roll down to take a look first!


For cross country riders there are 10 trails covering over 110 km in distance, and you can rent GPS units at the tourist office and the ticket offices of cable car to guide you round and record your stats. Finally the Skills Area offers some slopestyle fun for all, with several northshore routes consisting of wooden ramps, banked turns, and jumps, a dedicated dirt-jump area, and even a practice area for the kids. A map of all the bike trails is available at the tourist office in Leysin, and of course before you hit the road clean up at the bike wash at the cable car base.