This trail review was written by Mark Westmaas, also written a nice review? Send it in!
To start with, the name is a bit confusing … .. What should you expect? A super nice easy trail like you’re sitting on the couch at home with a bag of chips? Perfectly in your comfort zone? Not really! For many, this will be more an “Out of my comfort zone”, but you have to push boundaries! A trail that starts at La Chaux at an altitude of 2,209 meters and descends all the way to the valley and leads back to the gondola of Le Châble (822m). Just 8.5 km just drop! That promises to be beautiful!
This is the favorite trail of the MTB Verbier crew and that is not only because it literally runs past their beautiful chalet. Of course it helps that you can drive this trail home almost every day around beer o’clock, but there is more.
First go for a ride. The start is in an open alpine meadow, super nice view and the trail is a single trail with boulders (sometimes under the grass) and small drops / jumps. Nice start! The bigsmile is already on the face, let’s see if it goes off today!
Piece of gravel road and on to the next single trail. And that is completely different again. The trail is constantly changing, you suddenly drive between a number of old farm houses and we adjust the speed. This is called trail respect and the residents appreciate it very much. They probably still have an old shotgun ready and we are after all only guests.
We want more! Beautiful flowy curves are interspersed with rough switchbacks, large stones and then suddenly a quick stretch through the meadow to Sarreyer. Really a super idyllic Swiss mountain village with its beautiful wooden houses, water fountains and flowers… ..AHUM, back to biking!
The last part of the trail is my favorite! Almost at the beers!!!! And before that a super varied trail with a few nasty switchbacks and then the last part …… full blast on the “straight” part. It is not really very straight, but you can oversee it well and sometimes people walk here too, so always adjust your speed to the possibilities. A few big stones at the end and we are back on the gravel road and roll further down.
After a bit of gravel you turn left for the beer, right across the bridge to MTB Verbier, or if you want to take the lift up again, you go straight into the grass and follow the very last trail towards the lift. Well, very last. For this time then;) Never a last run, never a last trail, never a last beer!
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