Cross Country The Centre of Excellence in the Alps

We offer a huge range of intermediate or advanced trails to suit all standards. The Swiss Alps offers such a huge range of trails, it is our aim to show you the very best of them entirely suited to your ability and preferences.

There are some amazing trails is this region and some interesting lifts to access them. Our trails have attracted some of the best magazines and writers in the biking world, so let them tell you what they think.

Your ability has no hold-backs to the riding that can be done over the course of your week. What Mountain Bike Swiss Guided Mountain Bike Tours 

The same weeks riding can be done by any standard, it’s only the difficulty of the trails used that changes.

We aim to be in the Zermatt area for 3 days and spend 2 days in the surrounding Mattertal (on a week holiday).

You get to decide the level you go to – we have the trails to suit anyone!

1 Base, 5 Days Riding Stop Thinking, Start Riding

This is an example of the itinerary and is in NO WAY set in stone. During the first day of riding an individual plan will be discussed with yourself and the guides. The guides will gauge your preferences, ability and the style of riding you wish to do and you will both plan a set up for the week.

cross country xc riding in swiss alps

Arrive in Zermatt to be met by us and taken to your accommodation. Assemble & check bikes (or collect from the rental shop).


Day 1

We ride up (or take the Sunnegga Express) to Sunnegga, from there, ride up (or take the lift) to Blauherd at 2,571m and then a Cable car to Rothorn at 3,103m. Coffee & photos with the fantastic back drop of the Matterhorn. We descend to Zermatt via Grünsee and Riffelalp.


riding xc guided trails in the swiss alps

Day 2

We take the Matterhorn Express to Schwarzsee at 2,583m. Then we descent to the end of the Zmuttgletscher, followed by a climb to the Höhbalmen at 2,750m. An exposed single track descent leads us to Trift at 2,337m. We descend from Schweifenen at 2,500m on technical single track.


Day 3

We ride up (or take the Sunnegga Express) to Sunnegga at 2,300m and traverse to Riffelalp at 2,222m. Then, catch the train up to Gornergrat at 3,100m for a coffee and some photos with the stunning Gorner Glacier and Matterhorn backdrop scenery. The descent to ZERMATT is a combination of fast & rocky trails and premium quality single track.


guided switch back riding in the swiss alps

Day 4

Guides day off! Try the fantastic summer ski area which is the largest in Europe, or climbing, ice-climbing, swimming, paragliding, gorge walking, lama trekking or relaxing!


Day 5

We descend the Zermatt valley to the traditional village of St Nicklaus at 1,130m. Then a 45min roads climb to Grächen at 1,615m for a different view of the Matterhorn and a coffee stop. The descent to Kalpertran at 900m is mostly flowing single track. Riders with excess energy can ride back up to Zermatt, while the rest of us take the cog train and watch!


matterhorn guided biking in the swiss resort zermatt

Day 6

The BIGGEST day of the week: The Downhill Club! For the dedicated and hard-core trail riders it is an early start: We take the 1st lift up to Rothorn (3,103m). We quickly descend, heading north, turning onto the Europa-Weg, before the hikers have had breakfast! It is a switch-back-fest down to Täsch at 1,440m. The late-starters can join us here. We descend the ZERMATT valley to Stalden at 800m. 2 cable cars lift us to Gspon at 1,900m. After a quick snack we climb on forest tracks to the Gebidum Pass at 2,201m. The 13km descent to Brig at 680m completes a ride that you will remember for years.

Zermatt The Village

As a village, Zermatt has it all. Based at 1,620m it has the most iconic mountain in the world as a backdrop, a massive, high-altitude international ski area, some of the best mountain restaurants in the world and a traditional Swiss chocolate-box, fuel car-free village. Zermatt boasts the name of one of the best winter resorts in the world and delivers in every respect.

The village itself has a mix of rustic old wooden Stadels and Grand Luxury hotels. The main street is fully traffic free, except the occasional horse drawn carriage and is packed with lively bars, restaurants and shops. At any time of the day, there’s an amazing atmosphere across the entire resort.

guided mountain bike groups in the alps single rider

On your day off, why not try summer skiing. Zermatt boasts the largest summer ski area in the Alps – you can ski here every day of the year!

Other activities

We also have a huge range of other activities awaiting you.

  • Climbing
  • Para-gliding
  • Ice-Walking
  • Swimming
  • Hiking or walking with our Flat Coat Retriever Charlie

Just about everything you could ask for!

Getting Here Fly, Drive, Train

We include Cross-Channel Ferries for those who are self driving or Airport Transfers for those flying, so you can choose the best option that suits you.

Zermatt is a car-free resort; this however does not mean that getting around or to and from the resort is difficult. The trains travel straight into the resort centre and then electric taxis can move you around the resort itself. There is even a free electric ski bus to get you to the lifts. If you are driving to the resort, it’s still easy. Simply park your car at the village of Täsch and then take the 10 minute shuttle train straight into the resort centre.

Travelling to Zermatt
Train Transfer Time from Basel: 3hr 45min
Train Transfer Time from Bern: 2hr 50min
Train Transfer Time from *Geneva: 3hr 40min
Train Transfer Time from *Zürich: 3hr 30min
Driving Distance from Calais: 560 miles

* Swiss Fly-Luggage available

View the Swiss Rail timetable.

We offer a wide range of quality accommodation from 2 to 5 star, apartments and hotels

Chalets and Apartments (Self-catered):

We have 2-person studio apartments and every size, right up to 8-person apartments. They are spacious and convenient to amenities, the lifts and free village bus.

All our hotels, chalets and apartments are fully ABTA protected.

Hotels:

Again, we offer a huge range of availability on hotels. We can offer any level from our 2, 3 or 4-star hotel selection. In some resorts we can even 5-star hotels.


Booking

OTP Holidays Preferred Tour Operator of Switzerland Tourism

Our prices are simple, we have ADULT prices, and discounted prices for CHILDREN up to 16yrs old.


Unlike most other British tour operators, the prices above include…

  • Expert, flexible and personal mountain bike guiding
  • Up to 10% discount on bike rental equipment (if required)
  • Massive choice of high standard and spacious apartment or hotel accommodation
  • Cross-Channel travel with car or transfers to the resort from airport on Swiss Rail
  • Services of our very own 24hr on-call experienced representatives
  • All cleaning, linen, heating & tourist tax charges

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