The Riding / Gravity Enduro
Enduro / Downhill
Modern trail bikes are blurring the line between ‘DH’ and ‘trail riding’ and we aren’t about to set any rules on what’s what on this topic! For us, ‘downhill’ means simply using gravity to make get the most out of amazing trails in big mountains and we were doing this at trailAddiction since before ‘Enduro’ became its own thing. We offer classic “DH’ on several world-class man-made courses if that’s what you love the most, but its the 100’s Km of hidden technical backcountry trails that really stand out. All directly lift-Accessed. Zero pushing or pedalling required! The variety and superb access of our terrain makes “mainstream” destinations such as the Portes Du Soleil (Les Gets), and Whistler, and Queenstown NZ begin to look very repetitive indeed.
Man-Made / Bike Park Riding
For the seasoned adrenaline junkie in search of steep drop-ins, big air-time and the buzz of taking man-made berms at full pace, Les Arcs will not disappoint… it is indeed the home turf and training ground of a number of top french downhillers.
For starters, the village of Arc 1600 is home to the Cachette Downhill course used as the Sprint Avalanche race track. This is a highway of fast turns, big berms, tabletops, fly-offs and several wooded technical sections! Secondly, just outside Arc 1600 lies the start of the acclaimed Black 8 descent, a course which just begs you to go faster, ducking and diving quickly down 800 vertical metres to the valley floor. With the possibility to either test your speed on the main run or to veer off track onto some cheeky new man-made alternatives (steeper sections, drops, kickers), the Black 8 is a firm favourite amongst downhillers of all ability levels. May new ‘locals’ trails are opening up each underneath the funicular if you know where to find them, including trailAddiction’s very own ‘Intellectual Property’ trail that has quickly become established as one of the area’s best new rides.
Natural Terrain for 6-inch travel bikes
In addition to the man-made terrain, there is a huge amount of lift-accessed natural sweet singletrack terrain on which your big rig or Enduro steed will feel right at home… let us dispell one myth right now: singletrack does NOT necessarily mean XC riding or pushing uphill at least not at trailAddiction! With one of the main lifts running directly out of Peisey Village (trailAddiction HQ), you needn’t worry about pushing or pedalling to the tops of the trails. Thanks to the squat conical shape of the les Arcs mountain these singletrack trails are upwards of 10km long and involve no climbing whatsoever! As such, these trails are perfect for testing any downhiller to the limit.