The Riding

In short: mind-blowing. The Les Arcs – La Plagne area literally redefines the term “flowing singletrack”. Think the best downhill sections at Coed y Brenin, Afan, Innerleithen, Glentress… add a bit of technicality and some great views, and multiply by 10 to get an idea of the scale. The only reason we set up in Les Arcs after 8 years of biking all over the Alps is that we couldn’t find better trails and more varied terrain anywhere!. Our new location – “Destination X” simply takes this same philosophy and applies it in the tried and tested trailAddiction way. Don’t just take our word for it – see what the magazines and our past guests have to say!

The trails vary from fairly challenging to extremely challenging and technical. Anyone of intermediate level and above, looking for a different kind of rush, will find what they’re looking for in Les Arcs. If your a regular at any of the UK trail centres (Afan, 7Stanes, Glentress, Coed y Brenin, Llandegla, etc.) and ride the red/black xc-routes, the riding will be right up your street. However, experts/racers and harcorde downhillers can rest assured that we have something to challenge anyone of any standard, although the trailAddiction philosophy is not to thrill by scaring people, but by the sheer quality, length and fast, flowing nature of the trails we take you down. Remember, we’ll only put you with riders of a the same standard as yourself, no matter what that may be. (see The Guiding). Take a look at our technical skill and fitness level guide to see how we’d assess your own riding level versus the holidays we offer. If you’re in any doubt, we’d strongly suggest booking on one of our Alpine Improvers Coaching Group Special Dates, just in case.

In our opinion, a chin-guard and arm / leg pads are worth wearing if you have them. The philosiphy is simple – if you fall off (and lets face it, you just never know when that might happen no matter how easy the trail) its going to hurt less if you are padded-up! Since we use the lifts to do most of the hard work for us, then its no real pain to wear/carry the armour, and it does help with confidence levels too. That way you can more freely enjoy the trails, with less worry about how much the gravel rash would sting if the worse was to happen! To put it in perspective, on xc-bias days we generally dump the full-face in favour of a half-lid, and leave the pads at home. The descents may be the same difficulty as before – but we ride them more slowly and more cautiously without the extra protection of the armour. If you dont want to invest (understandably), we can usually loan you a set for free – just ask us at the start of your week in the resort. Alternatively we have a selection of our favourite Knee and Elbow armour for sale at extremely competitive prices, at our Les Arcs Chalets. In summary, don’t be put off by some of our photos if body armour is not your style – many of our guests are body armour first-timers too!
Les Arcs boasts an extensive mountain biking “domain” comprising of over 100km of difficulty-graded and well signposted trails. Similarly at Destination X, Les Saisies offers a superb man-made selection of trails. However, this marked-out domain covers only a small portion of the singletrack terrain that the area has to offer… that’s where our guides come in handy: marked or unmarked, the guides know the mountain inside out, simply because they’ve spent so much time scouring the 1:25000 maps and testing each and every trail. We like to think that we specialise in the unmarked stuff, but at the end of the day our riding is flexible, meaning that ultimately YOU get to decide on what and where you will ride on any particular day. Thanks to the guides’ knowledge, they have enough terrain in their repertoire to tailor the standard to each and every group, from Alpine beginners to hardcore experts.
Except during Backcountry Special weeks, YES. We make good use of the area’s lifts (funicular railway, chairlifts and cablecars, public coaches, trains) as a quick and hassle-free way of getting from the valley floor to the tops of the trails, often almost two vertical kilometres above. For the really “out there” backcountry trails, we use minibus or 4×4 access to reach trailheads.
The marked runs in the official Les Arcs mountain biking domain, yes. The unmarked and backcountry stuff, no. The fact is that these natural trails don’t need to be maintained. They don’t see many bikers and therefore don’t get badly rutted or covered with the infamous braking bumps which are increasingly common on courses in more commercialised or overcrowded biking areas.

Travel / Location / Weather

Nightlife-wise, it’s not crazy, but the local bars can get lively at times, especially on Tuesday (night before the guides’ day off) and Friday nights. Its most certainly not party central most of the time – but there’s a great atmosphere amongst our own guests and with up to 40 guests on a given week (plus all of our dozen-or-so staff), there’s plenty of atmosphere and lots of people to socialise with.
Geneva is the obvious choice as it is the closest airport which currently has a regular summer EasyJet service from a number of airports around the UK. Our airport transfer service runs to and from Geneva (within set times – see below) and costs £30 per person, each way. As for bringing bikes on planes, many airlines do not charge provided you are within the baggage limit. Make sure you pack your pride and joy with care, preferably well-braced and in a hard case.
For week-long holidays, we pick up using several minibusses each carrying a maximum of 8 passengers. Our transfers nominally leave Geneva at around 16:30 on Saturdays only. Of course, we’ll do our very best to leave earlier (as soon as all passengers on a given bus have landed, it will leave!), but a flight arrival before lunchtime might involve a bit of a wait depending on what other customers sharing your transfer will book. We can’t pickup for flights landing any later than 16:00 unless specially arranged – because this would mean late arrival at the chalet – too late to properly enjoy your first meal, unpack, build bikes and get a decent rest before the first day on the trails! Of course, we will help where we can so please do contact us if you are really stuck. For your return journey, we drop off at the airport at 11:30 (i.e. earliest flight departure of 13:00). Again, for a late departure we will avoid dropping you at Geneva too early where we can, but are constrained depending on other customer’s earlier flight departures. For large groups with bespoke or specific transfer requirements, please ask us! Worse case, we can happily arrange a one-off dedicated minibus transfer for your group with an external provider, for a special trailAddiction-customer-only price of 250 GBP (normal price in resort is 300 GBP).
Arrivals on any other day are very difficult to accommodate. Its not just a matter of capacity – our staff are fully committed to looking after the customers already staying with us, therefore are not generally able to give you the full welcome and arrival attention that you deserve. Therefore in most cases we are unable to arrange for a non-Saturday arrival.
We are 9 hour drive from Calais and most other channel ferry ports in France, and it is a fairly straightforward drive. Directions to Chazalet, Eagles Nest, and Destination X can be printed out from Google Maps, or you can download our easy version in pdf format. (Note – Chazalet and Eagles Nest are directly adjacent to one another). Driving over can be easier, cheaper and faster (door-to-door) than flying, especially if you are car-sharing. Plus, there is the added flexibility of having your own transport in-resort, should you need to make a trip to the bike shop or simply go exploring. PLEASE DO NOT PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLIER THAN 14:00 on your arrival Saturday – we need time to see out the previous week’s guests, and clean & prepare the chalet. Your room will be ready from 16:30, but you can build your bike and have a cuppa in the communal area before then. On the other hand, please plan to arrive not too late – it is difficult for us to guarantee you a meal with table service if you arrive after about 20:30.
Unlike many of our competitors, ALL of our chalets are located within direct eyesight of the main lift. However, all are also situated a good distance above the valley floor and therefore you can ride-in ride-out with numerous trailheads starting literally on our very doorsteps – all leading downhill to alternative lifts if you fancy starting your day with a singletrack descent rather than an uplift.
Generally throughout our season, the weather is good (much better than the UK!). In July and August you can expect temperatures of 25-35 Degrees C at the valley floor and 15-20 Degrees C up on the mountain. In June and September it can be up to 10 Degrees C lower at the start and end of the day. However, these are proper mountains and you should always prepare for the worst just in case! If it rains, it normally comes in at the end of the day (4pm onwards) and rains hard and fast. The trails are not clay-based and being particularly well drained, will be fully dry again by the end of the following morning. Around one week per season we sometimes get a band of bad weather come in, but its impossible to predict if or when that may be, sorry! Even in the worst cases it rarely hangs around more than a day or two and you should always get at least a good dose of sunshine in any given week. Its always best to bring packable waterproofs….just in case!

Kit & Prep

First of all, make sure you have an up to date E111 card as this will cover you for almost any hospital treatment you may need. Secondly you will need to take out specific insurance for a mountain biking holiday. The key thing to check in any policy is that they cover you for accident / emergency recovery. If the worst happens and a helicopter is required the bill could be well over £10,000. We often ride on paths and trails in the “backcountry”, i.e. away from the marked, dedicated mountain bike trails (kind of like “off-piste” skiing). Although these are all marked as “paths” – and in France, you ARE allowed to ride on them – check you are covered for this. We require all riders to be insured when riding with a host, for the sake of your own safety. Unfortunately, we can’t go as far as recommending any particular product since ultimately it is your choice as to which provider will give the right level of cover that you wish to take. Its advisable to arrange this at the time of booking (well before your holiday) – in the event that you are injured or ill and unable to attend your holiday, your insurance should cover the holiday cost if you need to cancel at the last minute..
trailAddiction can arrange good quality hire bikes, however these must be pre-booked. We have a limited on-site stock of superb hire bikes in Les Arcs that are brand new each season.  If you have your own steed that is suitable for Alpine riding (powerful disk brakes, strongly build, slack angles) we’d always recommend to bring that if you can rather than rent something you are not used to. However, we know this is not always possible, or indeed your own regular bike may not be up to the job!

Kitlist

  • Mountain Bike – a decent model with good suspension and powerful disc brakes. We generally use bikes that have around 4-6″ of front and rear travel, although some of our guides prefer to use solidly-build hard-tails. Its really a matter of personal preference – but strong brakes and a solid build are recommended
  • Tyres – at least 2.35, dual ply /EXO or tubeless recommended for all of our weeks (for pinch puncture resistance). We typically use Maxxis Minions / High Rollers and Schwalbe Magic Marys.  We hold our favourite tyres in stock onsite in Les Arcs at discount prices if you would prefer to leave the decision until once you are out here.
  • Spare Tubes (unless tubeless) – DH tubes for our lift accessed weeks, please bring at least “all mountain” tubes for backcountry weeks – we still do alot of defending!  Again, we have plenty here on site.
  • Spare Brake Pads. At least 1 complete (front and rear) set, but be safe and bring two sets if you can!
  • Spare Mech Hanger – if it breaks during your stay, your bike will be effectively useless without a replacement
  • CamelBak with usual riding spares (pump, multitool etc).
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Usual summer riding clothes and shoes (i.e. shorts, short sleeved jersey).
  • Helmet – for our lift accessed weeks either a full-face or a half-lid is fine, its really a case of what you feel comfortable in using. For our backcountry weeks if you are bringing a full-face please also bring a half-lid as well for the days where we pedal – you’ll overheat quickly on the climbs, if you don’t!
  • Gloves and any desired body armour – we highly recommend at least knee guards for both backcountry or lift accessed weeks.
  • Riding sunglasses for protection against both the sun and foreign objects (or googles for lift accessed weeks if desired).
  • Some kind of splash-guard or front mini-mud-guard is useful if you want to keep mud and water out of your face and eyes.

We stock a good selection of generic spare parts in Les Arcs which are available to purchase at competitive prices. However, spares that are exclusive to your bike, for example mech hangers, brake pads, bearings are a good idea to bring along.

Yes! All of our chalets have washing facilities. A small charge will have your clothes returned clean and fresh direct to your room. However this service is subject to staff availabllity so may not be available all the time.
Yes of course – fresh towels are provided.
In our opinion, a chin-guard and arm / leg pads are worth wearing if you have them. The philosiphy is simple – if you fall off (and lets face it, you just never know when that might happen no matter how easy the trail) its going to hurt less if you are padded-up! Since we use the lifts to do most of the hard work for us, then its no real pain to wear/carry the armour, and it does help with confidence levels too. That way you can more freely enjoy the trails, with less worry about how much the gravel rash would sting if the worse was to happen! To put it in perspective, on xc-bias days we generally dump the full-face in favour of a half-lid, and leave the pads at home. The descents may be the same difficulty as before – but we ride them more slowly and more cautiously without the extra protection of the armour. If you dont want to invest (understandably), we can usually loan you a set for free – just ask us at the start of your week in the resort. Alternatively we have a selection of our favourite Knee and Elbow armour for sale at extremely competitive prices, at our Les Arcs Chalets. In summary, don’t be put off by some of our photos if body armour is not your style – many of our guests are body armour first-timers too!
Generally throughout our season, the weather is good. In July and August you can expect temperatures of 25-35 Degrees C at the valley floor and 15-20 Degrees C up on the mountain. In June and September it can be up to 10 Degrees C lower at the start and end of the day. However, these are proper mountains and you should always prepare for the worst just in case! If it rains, it normally comes in at the end of the day (4pm onwards) and rains hard and fast. The trails are not clay-based and being particularly well drained, will be fully dry again by the end of the following morning. Around one week per season we sometimes get a band of bad weather come in, but its impossible to predict if or when that may be, sorry! Even in the worst cases it rarely hangs around more than a day or two and you should always get at least a good dose of sunshine in any given week. Its always best to bring packable waterproofs….just in case!

Holiday Structure, Bookings and Payments

During lift accessed weeks we offer the option to ride one of our epic backcountry trips (subject to customer demand, weather conditions, and rider ability/experience). We also offer Backcountry Weeks for those riders looking for an adventure!
Yes, we do now offer long weekend packages to Les Arcs, which include everything you can expect from a week-long package, just a bit shorter! A minimum group size of 4 people applies, although you may be able to join another group if you wish to travel alone – please ask us. Click for more details on our Long Weekend MTB Packages.
Contact us for all enquiries or bookings and we’ll respond within a day.
First of all, make sure you have an up to date E111 card as this will cover you for almost any hospital treatment you may need. Secondly you will need to take out specific insurance for a mountain biking holiday. The key thing to check in any policy is that they cover you for accident / emergency recovery. If the worst happens and a helicopter is required the bill could be well over £10,000. We often ride on paths and trails in the “backcountry”, i.e. away from the marked, dedicated mountain bike trails (kind of like “off-piste” skiing). Although these are all marked as “paths” – and in France, you ARE allowed to ride on them – check you are covered for this. We require all riders to be insured when riding with a host, for the sake of your own safety. Unfortunately, we can’t go as far as recommending any particular product since ultimately it is your choice as to which provider will give the right level of cover that you wish to take. Its advisable to arrange this at the time of booking (well before your holiday) – in the event that you are injured or ill and unable to attend your holiday, your insurance should cover the holiday cost if you need to cancel at the last minute..
trailAddiction can arrange good quality hire bikes, however these must be pre-booked. We have a limited on-site stock of superb hire bikes in Les Arcs for 2017 – a fleet of brand new Yeti SB6Cs all to be replaced with something new for 2018 (tbc).  Please contact us for exact hire bike details and costings for 2017. If you have your own steed that is suitable for Alpine riding (powerful disk brakes, strongly build, slack angles) we’d always recommend to bring that if you can rather than rent something you are not used to. However, we know this is not always possible, or indeed your own regular bike may not be up to the job!
In short: mind-blowing. The Les Arcs – La Plagne area literally redefines the term “flowing singletrack”. Think the best downhill sections at Coed y Brenin, Afan, Innerleithen, Glentress… add a bit of technicality and some great views, and multiply by 10 to get an idea of the scale. The only reason we set up in Les Arcs after 8 years of biking all over the Alps is that we couldn’t find better trails and more varied terrain anywhere!. Our new location – “Destination X” simply takes this same philosophy and applies it in the tried and tested trailAddiction way. Don’t just take our word for it – see what the magazines and our past guests have to say!

Booking Deposit

Your initial Booking deposit is non-refundable in all cases.

Payment of balance

Payment of the final balance must reach us 12 weeks before your arrival date. Failure to pay this amount on time may lead to cancellation charges.

For bookings made within 12 weeks of arrival, the full balance is payable at the time of booking.

Changes to bookings

Any changes made to the original details supplied on your booking form will be accommodated if possible, without charge. If we cannot accommodate your changes we reserve the right to treat the booking as cancelled.

Cancellation charges

Cancellation notice is required in writing and charges may be made as listed here depending on the level of notice given:

>12 weeks – no cancellation charges.    12-8 weeks = 50% of total holiday cost. 8-4 = weeks 80% of total holiday cost. Under 6 = weeks 100% of total holiday cost*

*In most cases, we will try to offer a date deferral to the following year, or discount on rebooking for the following year.

 

Shuttle Vehicles and Airport Transfers

Clients use trailAddiction shuttle vehicles and bike trailers entirely at their own risk. TrailAddiction cannot guarantee pick-ups and drop-offs from Geneva airport to suit all flight times. We will try to be flexible to suit all customers, but please check with us first that we will be able to accommodate your specific flight schedule before booking flights. Delayed or cancelled flights are out of the control of trailAddiction, and as such trailAddiction will not be responsible for missed airport transfers. TrailAddiction cannot guarantee arrival at the airport at the pre-arranged time. Events such as vehicle breakdown, bad traffic, adverse weather, accident, driver or guest illness and many other unexpected events can delay our shuttle service and lead to late arrival at the airport. trailAddiction will not be held responsible in any way for missed flight departure under any circumstances.</p><p>Rider responsibility and Safety

If a trailAddiction host proceeds along a trail, you cannot assume it is safe for you also to proceed. The sole responsibility is for you, the guest, to check for other trail users, and indeed any other hazards, before proceeding.</p><p>Alpine Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport. All riders ride entirely at their own risk and must make their own judgements on their abilities. Although we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our riders, trailAddiction staff cannot and will not be held responsible for any injuries sustained whilst riding. Riders should be aware, that due to the challenging nature of the trails, and the sheer volume of riding you will do during your stay, the likelihood of having a fall whilst biking is high. The injuries sustained can range from nothing, very minor bruising, spraining and/or grazing, to broken limbs, deep cuts or in extreme cases, paralysis or death. The extent of injuries will be reduced by wearing appropriate safety equipment as detailed below (see Safety Equipment). However, the only way to be sure of avoiding injury, is not to ride at all. By signing these terms and conditions you accept the above risks and understand that any injuries sustained are beyond the control and responsibility of trailAddiction staff and associates.TrailAddiction hosts know the mountain biking area extremely well, from years of riding and exploring. If you choose to attend accompanied rides, trailAddiction staff are always happy impart their local knowledge to guests. However, if you choose to act on this knowledge (the location of a certain trail, the condition of a piece of terrain, your ability to ride it safely) you do so so at your own risk and discretion, and as such trailAddiction cannot accept responsibility for any accident involving a trailAddiction guest which may occur during the mountain biking activity. Much of the trail-riding recommended by trailAddiction hosts is found in remote, unmaintained and natural environments. TrailAddiction staff cannot guarantee the safety of these trails from one day to the next. You must accept that natural hazards such as boulders, drops, cliffs, stream-crossings, fallen trees, uneven surfaces, flooding and severe subsidence can and do exist without warning, and that trailAddiction cannot be responsible for any loss, damage or injury caused by such hazards.</p><p>Trail Traffic

All of the trails outside of the dedicated mountain bike areas are open to walkers and other members of the public. You must give way to any other bikers, horseriders, walkers and any other path users you may encounter. More importantly, you agree to control your speed at all times, in particular at crests, bends, or other places where you cannot see oncoming traffic, such that you can stop without any danger to yourself or other trail users. The guest accepts full liability for all their actions including those that result in injury or damage to property sustained; to themselves, to other trailAddiction customers, and to members of the general public / users of the mountain.

Accidents and First Aid

All trailAddiction staff carry a basic first aid kit and emergency contact details for use in the event of an accident. If you are injured whilst accompanied by a host, the host will always act in your best interests and use their mountain experience to act appropriately. However, trailAddiction staff are not trained medics, and therefore you should not accept any medication or treatment offered in good faith without making your own judgement as to whether it is appropriate or safe to do so. You accept full responsibility for any side effect to medication or treatment offered. You must inform trailAddiction staff of any allergies at the time of booking. Similarly, if you would prefer not to be treated at all by trailAddiction staff, and wait for trained professionals to arrive at the scene in the event of an accident (noting that you may be unconscious in the event of a severe fall), please advise us accordingly before your first ride.

Safety Briefing

All guests, regardless of experience, must attend a short welcome speech and safety briefing on arrival at the chalet. This will cover a general overview of bike set-up, general terrain hazards and weather conditions you need to be mindful of whilst riding in the area.

Medical/Accident Insurance

TrailAddiction guests must have Insurance cover for their stay and sign the trailAddiction responsibility waiver upon arrival at the holiday destination. Cover must specifically include medical and accident recovery insurance for injuries gained whilst mountain biking on unmarked trails. All guests must bring a valid copy of their insurance certificate and present it to trailAddiction staff in resort, before any accompanied riding can commence.

Approved Bicycle Helmet

A helmet is an absolutely essential item of mountain biking kit. trailAddiction staff will do everything in their power to prevent riders without a helmet from setting out on a ride. Many guests choose to use a traditional half-lid cycling helmet which is appropriate for backcountry riding, however for more aggressive downhill riding it is recommended that guests use a full-face motocross-style helmet for added protection in the event of a heavy fall onto the face. trailAddiction staff will refuse to accompany any rider who is not wearing a cycle helmet in apparently good condition.

Additional Safety Equipment

Gloves – Suitable strong biking gloves are an essential item and must be worn at all times whilst riding. They protect against cuts and grazing in the event of a fall.

Protective Pads – Whilst forearm-elbow and knee-shin pads are not usually seen as an essential item of mountain biking kit, trailAddiction strongly recommends for all of its guests to use pads. Protective pads are proven on a regular basis to reduce the potential severity of external wounds and can also reduce the likelihood of broken bones in the event of an accident.  We usually stock a selection of arm and knee pads on site which are for sale to customers.

Accommodation & Food

All of our rooms are either twin or triple rooms, with ensuites. For larger single-sex groups, we also have one very spacious Quad room available. We allocate roomings based on group composition, any indicated preference at the time of booking, and to best accommodate every guest on a given week. In some situations we may need to split your group to suit the roomings available. For example: if a group of 4 makes a booking, but we only have one twin and one triple room available (i.e. 5 spaces), we would split the group into two groups of two guests. However, we cannot guarantee the remaining bed would be left vacant unless an additional “under-occupancy” surcharge is paid at the time of booking (i.e. it MAY be filled with a customer travelling alone, for example). This allocation arrangement is applied in rare cases, and in reasonable circumstances only, i.e. we would never enforce mixed-sex room sharing, and couples are always guaranteed a private room to themselves!
Yes, although we have limited availability and a surcharge will apply. Ask us for details.
Yes. Our professional catering staff have many years of experience and vegetarian / wheat free / anti-allergy options are par for the course and so much more than the same as everyone else but with something missing. However due to the limited preparation facilities, extreme allergies eg nuts, may not be possible to accommodate. If in doubt, please ask us!
Unlike many of our competitors, ALL of our chalets are located within direct eyesight of the main lift. However, all are also situated a good distance above the valley floor and therefore you can ride-in ride-out with numerous trailheads starting literally on our very doorsteps – all leading downhill to alternative lifts if you fancy starting your day with a singletrack descent rather than an uplift.
Nightlife-wise, it’s not crazy, but the local bars can get lively at times, especially on Tuesday (night before the guides’ day off) and Friday nights. Its most certainly not party central most of the time – but there’s a great atmosphere amongst our own guests and with up to 40 guests on a given week (plus all of our dozen-or-so staff), there’s plenty of atmosphere and lots of people to socialise with.
Yes! All of our chalets have washing facilities. A small charge of 5 Euros per load will have your clothes returned clean and fresh direct to your room.
Yes of course – fresh towels are provided.

Booking Deposit

Your initial Booking deposit is non-refundable in all cases.

Payment of balance

Payment of the final balance must reach us 12 weeks before your arrival date. Failure to pay this amount on time may lead to cancellation charges.

For bookings made within 12 weeks of arrival, the full balance is payable at the time of booking.

Changes to bookings

Any changes made to the original details supplied on your booking form will be accommodated if possible, without charge. If we cannot accommodate your changes we reserve the right to treat the booking as cancelled.

Cancellation charges

Cancellation notice is required in writing and charges may be made as listed here depending on the level of notice given:

>12 weeks – no cancellation charges.    12-8 weeks = 50% of total holiday cost. 8-4 = weeks 80% of total holiday cost. Under 6 = weeks 100% of total holiday cost*

*In most cases, we will try to offer a date deferral to the following year, or discount on rebooking for the following year.

 

Shuttle Vehicles and Airport Transfers

Clients use trailAddiction shuttle vehicles and bike trailers entirely at their own risk. TrailAddiction cannot guarantee pick-ups and drop-offs from Geneva airport to suit all flight times. We will try to be flexible to suit all customers, but please check with us first that we will be able to accommodate your specific flight schedule before booking flights. Delayed or cancelled flights are out of the control of trailAddiction, and as such trailAddiction will not be responsible for missed airport transfers. TrailAddiction cannot guarantee arrival at the airport at the pre-arranged time. Events such as vehicle breakdown, bad traffic, adverse weather, accident, driver or guest illness and many other unexpected events can delay our shuttle service and lead to late arrival at the airport. trailAddiction will not be held responsible in any way for missed flight departure under any circumstances.</p><p>Rider responsibility and Safety

If a trailAddiction host proceeds along a trail, you cannot assume it is safe for you also to proceed. The sole responsibility is for you, the guest, to check for other trail users, and indeed any other hazards, before proceeding.</p><p>Alpine Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport. All riders ride entirely at their own risk and must make their own judgements on their abilities. Although we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our riders, trailAddiction staff cannot and will not be held responsible for any injuries sustained whilst riding. Riders should be aware, that due to the challenging nature of the trails, and the sheer volume of riding you will do during your stay, the likelihood of having a fall whilst biking is high. The injuries sustained can range from nothing, very minor bruising, spraining and/or grazing, to broken limbs, deep cuts or in extreme cases, paralysis or death. The extent of injuries will be reduced by wearing appropriate safety equipment as detailed below (see Safety Equipment). However, the only way to be sure of avoiding injury, is not to ride at all. By signing these terms and conditions you accept the above risks and understand that any injuries sustained are beyond the control and responsibility of trailAddiction staff and associates.TrailAddiction hosts know the mountain biking area extremely well, from years of riding and exploring. If you choose to attend accompanied rides, trailAddiction staff are always happy impart their local knowledge to guests. However, if you choose to act on this knowledge (the location of a certain trail, the condition of a piece of terrain, your ability to ride it safely) you do so so at your own risk and discretion, and as such trailAddiction cannot accept responsibility for any accident involving a trailAddiction guest which may occur during the mountain biking activity. Much of the trail-riding recommended by trailAddiction hosts is found in remote, unmaintained and natural environments. TrailAddiction staff cannot guarantee the safety of these trails from one day to the next. You must accept that natural hazards such as boulders, drops, cliffs, stream-crossings, fallen trees, uneven surfaces, flooding and severe subsidence can and do exist without warning, and that trailAddiction cannot be responsible for any loss, damage or injury caused by such hazards.</p><p>Trail Traffic

All of the trails outside of the dedicated mountain bike areas are open to walkers and other members of the public. You must give way to any other bikers, horseriders, walkers and any other path users you may encounter. More importantly, you agree to control your speed at all times, in particular at crests, bends, or other places where you cannot see oncoming traffic, such that you can stop without any danger to yourself or other trail users. The guest accepts full liability for all their actions including those that result in injury or damage to property sustained; to themselves, to other trailAddiction customers, and to members of the general public / users of the mountain.

Accidents and First Aid

All trailAddiction staff carry a basic first aid kit and emergency contact details for use in the event of an accident. If you are injured whilst accompanied by a host, the host will always act in your best interests and use their mountain experience to act appropriately. However, trailAddiction staff are not trained medics, and therefore you should not accept any medication or treatment offered in good faith without making your own judgement as to whether it is appropriate or safe to do so. You accept full responsibility for any side effect to medication or treatment offered. You must inform trailAddiction staff of any allergies at the time of booking. Similarly, if you would prefer not to be treated at all by trailAddiction staff, and wait for trained professionals to arrive at the scene in the event of an accident (noting that you may be unconscious in the event of a severe fall), please advise us accordingly before your first ride.

Safety Briefing

All guests, regardless of experience, must attend a short welcome speech and safety briefing on arrival at the chalet. This will cover a general overview of bike set-up, general terrain hazards and weather conditions you need to be mindful of whilst riding in the area.

Medical/Accident Insurance

TrailAddiction guests must have Insurance cover for their stay and sign the trailAddiction responsibility waiver upon arrival at the holiday destination. Cover must specifically include medical and accident recovery insurance for injuries gained whilst mountain biking on unmarked trails. All guests must bring a valid copy of their insurance certificate and present it to trailAddiction staff in resort, before any accompanied riding can commence.

Approved Bicycle Helmet

A helmet is an absolutely essential item of mountain biking kit. trailAddiction staff will do everything in their power to prevent riders without a helmet from setting out on a ride. Many guests choose to use a traditional half-lid cycling helmet which is appropriate for backcountry riding, however for more aggressive downhill riding it is recommended that guests use a full-face motocross-style helmet for added protection in the event of a heavy fall onto the face. trailAddiction staff will refuse to accompany any rider who is not wearing a cycle helmet in apparently good condition.

Additional Safety Equipment

Gloves – Suitable strong biking gloves are an essential item and must be worn at all times whilst riding. They protect against cuts and grazing in the event of a fall.

Protective Pads – Whilst forearm-elbow and knee-shin pads are not usually seen as an essential item of mountain biking kit, trailAddiction strongly recommends for all of its guests to use pads. Protective pads are proven on a regular basis to reduce the potential severity of external wounds and can also reduce the likelihood of broken bones in the event of an accident.  We usually stock a selection of arm and knee pads on site which are for sale to customers.

“For my sort of riding and bike (5″-6″ is perfect), this is soooo much better than Morzine/Les Gets. Last couple of years in PdS never improved my riding as much as this holiday did. trailAddiction are the only guys doing this sort of holiday in this great resort and they do a really good job. Gordy and Sophie made the best dinners I\’ve ever had in the Alps, summer or winter, full stop. Completely recommended.”- Graeme MacLean, UK

“THE 6 BEST DAYS I HAVE HAD ON MY BIKE EVER! The trails are pristine and natural. The scenery is magnificent and the guides were brilliant. This will definately be an annual pilgrimmage for me.” – Kayn Woolmer, South Africa

 

“The guides went out of their way to understand the kind of riding we wanted to do and did a brilliant job of tailoring the holiday to suite. The ratio of guides to guests was outstanding and everyone was very laid back (without being unprofessional), it really felt like we were riding with friends rather than on a guided holiday. Brilliant trails, brilliant company, I can’t recommend them highly enough! – Lee Sheldon

“After a while I couldn’t remember what a particular descent was like, since the next seemed better! Guides are essential to get the most out of the area since there are so many tracks everywhere.” – Dave Wills, UK