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‘You wont find better alpine trails anywhere in Europe’

– What Mountainbike

A Mountain Biking Holiday to France like no other!

Enduro riding on perfect alpine singletrack

Our chalet-based enduro mountain bike holidays in France have been our mainstay for over 20 years.

Epic mountain bike holidays on the most incredible trails in the French Alps – that’s what we love!

Using minibus and chairlift uplifts, BikeVillage doesn’t just run laps of bike park trails in The Alps. Instead we like to head off into the mountains in search of truly inspiring mountain bike singletrack tours and adventures.

And don’t worry – we keep the pedalling limited. This means just enough to reach the best riding, the best views, and lunch spots around.

A few years back someone christened it All Mountain, then it was Backcountry. Now it’s all Enduro, Enduro, Enduro. This is funny because we’ve always just called it mountain biking.

“The trip was nothing short of superb… There can be no better place!”

Andy ‘ McCandlish in MBR Magazine

Luxury 4-star alpine chalet for your dream mountain bike holiday in France

Our enduro mountain bike chalet holiday in France is based at Maison Caramel. This is a beautifully renovated 4-star farmhouse on the forested edge of Landry, in the heart of the French Alps.

You will find it nestled in-between the ski mountains of Les Arcs and La Plagne. Landry is a traditional Savoie village. So it comes complete with a beautiful baroque church, a couple of bars and and four friendly local restaurants. There is also a white water rafting centre and café just a stones’ throw away. And being at the bottom of the valley is something you will come to appreciate. It’s always downhill at the end of the day’s mountain biking!

The town of Bourg St Maurice is just a short ride along the bike path. And in the other direction is the beautiful swimming lake. This is a top spot to chill, eat, sunbathe and people/mountain watch after a ride.

A beautiful alpine chalet

BikeVillage’s MTB holiday accommodation sits on the edge of Landry. One of the best trails down from Les Arcs passes right by the back door of the guesthouse. It really is a ride-in, ride-out kind of a place.

And the guesthouse is the perfect spot for your enduro mountain bike holiday in France. From the bike garage with full workshop to the large open plan lounge for relaxing in the evening. Or go outside where you’ll find a lovely terraced garden. It is planted out with many of the herbs and aromatics you’ll find garnishing your meals. And you might well find yourself drawn to the appeal of the hot tub. It’s the perfect way to enjoy an alpine sunset!

There are seven guest bedrooms. Of these, five are en-suite twin/doubles, one is an en-suite twin/triple and one is a duplex apartment with two twin rooms sharing a bathroom and kitchen area. The latter is ideal for families and larger groups of friends. This enables us to cater for single travellers, groups and couples alike. And if you’d like to book a single room there’s a €395 option to do so on the booking form.

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The Food – Mornings

One of the best things about mountain biking is the appetite it gives you! Your hosts Kerry and Serge are passionate about using locally sourced and grown ingredients to create truly delicious meals.

Every day you’ll wake up to the smell of fresh bread from the best bakery in the valley. Then just roll downstairs for as much cereal, porridge (go on, it makes you strong!), freshly chopped fruit, eggs and so on as you can. Wash the whole lot down with plenty of fresh coffee or tea of course. Then you can start to get excited about another perfect day of your enduro mountain biking holiday in France.

The Food – Noon

As if by magic, your lunch is waiting for you to pop into your pack. There’ll be 2 fresh baguette sandwiches, cereal bars and fruit. And out of sight is the stash of Haribos, choccy biccies and madeleine cakes. The guides always carry these to keep themselves popular on the mountain bike tours.

We’ll probably stop twice for lunch – we tend to eat like Hobbits during our enduro mountain bike holidays in France!

The Food – Evenings

When we get back from riding you can tuck into a mug of tea or maybe a sneaky cold beer. Why not add some home-made cake or flapjack and things are feeling very good indeed.

And by the time you’ve showered and had a drink in the garden, Kerry will be ready to talk you through the evenings’ delights. It’ll be time to enjoy a quick canapé and maybe a pre-dinner aperitif in the evening sun. In the meantime, Serge will be busy in the kitchen.

All that remains is the wine!

France truly is the home of great wine. Whether you fancy a cheeky rosé in the hot tub or a velvety glass of côtes du Rhône on the terrace, we’re not exactly shy with it so get stuck in!

Tea, coffee or a herbal infusion will finish things off. This leaves you free to sit back and look at the stars over the moonlit mountains.

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More on the mountain biking in The Alps

The mountain biking around BikeVillage and Les Arcs is ridiculously good. There are so many trails we could ride from our door, and do something different every day for months.

There’s the high level (2000m+) super flowing singletrack above the tree line, with amazing views onto Mt Blanc.

Then there’s the tighter, cheekier singletrack down in the woods below Les Arcs and La Plagne. With more switchbacks than you could possibly count.

Cross to the Beaufortain and it’s a more open feel with more rock slabs and faster flowing trails.

We have reopened and continue to maintain many of the local trails with our friends. In spring we never leave home without a pruning saw, loo roll and a trenching tool.

We’ve been proudly running our mountain bike holidays in The Alps, near Les Arcs for over twenty years. And we still find new trails all the time! Undoubtedly that’s part of the reason so many BikeVillage guests come back on holiday again and again. To mix some old favourites with our latest singletrack discoveries and creations.

Guiding on the mountain bike guided trips

Sam was founding president of European guide organisation EO-MTBing. He is one of the most experienced mountain bike guides in the world.

No gap-year kids here, just (im)mature professionals with a passion and drive based solely around your safety and enjoyment. Each day we’ll talk through the options with you and help you pick the best trail for that day.

And there are 2-3 guides each day to keep the groups small, friendly and adapted to your level.

It might involve a free uplift or a helping chairlift. You’ll always be doing the sort of riding you love best at the sort of pace you love best.

All this really helps mixed groups to share lots of fun together whilst also fulfilling more selfish ride needs!

Mountain Bike hut trips – every week

Do you feel the need to express your inner redneck? To leave the soap and the stress far behind? Well the good news is that BikeVillage specialise in optional Alpine hut trips.

They are 2-day hut trips, usually taking place on the thursday-friday of your BikeVillage week.

We set off on Thursday morning with a van uplift before finishing at an alpine mountain refuge.

Just to be open about this, if the refuge is above 2000m altitude, which most of them are, then day 1 will either finish with a climb or at least involve a climb late-ish in the day.

We then eat, sleep and be merry in the refuge. Think Youth Hostel on top of an Alp rather than bothy and you’re on the right track.

The refuge guardian will cook us dinner and breakfast and there will even be beer and wine available to buy.

There are hundreds of trips to do so we’ll pick what seems best based on the conditions. There is a hut trip option to click on the booking form if you would like to provisionally book one.

Cost: the hut trip option is €95/person, which includes van uplifts, accommodation and meals.

However it doesn’t include the beer and wine you drink at the refuge, which can be paid for directly.

So if you want to know what to pack for your enduro mountain bike holiday and hut trip in France, head over to the FAQS

Female Friendly weeks – several over the summer

First things first – these are not female only weeks.

They are totally ‘regular’ BikeVillage weeks where we try to concentrate bookings from our female riders.

Mountain biking can be a bit male dominated and a frequent concern with female riders is that they’ll be stuck on holiday with a load of men.

Happily, these weeks have become less important over the years. Subsequently even on regular weeks we average 35% female guests.

Even so our female friendly weeks simply aim to amplify this ratio a bit.

Thus a modicum of female company is guaranteed!

Chaps are still welcome and the riding options remain as flexible as ever, there’s just better chat at the table and slightly less testosterone floating about!

So just visit the dates & prices page for details of when they’re on

Younger Rider Weeks

Back for 2024!

Our normal weeks are pretty much adult affairs, even if the chat is often infantile. Our younger rider weeks tend to coincide with our skills weeks. They are aimed at riders who have carelessly procreated over the years and now find themselves in the happy position of having older kids who share their passion for riding.

So a classic profile might be a parent with a 15 year old. Although we don’t specify a minimum age, experience shows that a mature 12ish seems to be roughly as young as you can go whilst still enjoying the riding and holding your own at a fairly adult-oriented dinner table in the evening.

Sam has 3 kids too who often come out riding on these weeks. Indeed you might notice them as the more mature riders in the group 😉

It’s such a pleasure to see younger riders develop their skills and the chance to introduce them to the thick end of mountain biking is a true privilege and one that often truly inspires all the adults in the group too.

See the booking page for more details.

*there will still be swearing.

Alpine Skills Weeks – fine for ‘normal’ riders too!

***Only one of the riding groups will be more skills based. That still leaves leaves many, many ways for everyone else to push their limits as much as they want!!****

Feeling a bit imtimidated by the thought of a mountain biking holiday in the Alps? So you should be!

Every week at BikeVillage we offer lots of help and tips to bring on your technical riding.

During our skills weeks it’s just a bit more structured. From a first-day introduction to the area we’ll develop your skills plan for the week. This will cover body position, braking, hopping off safely in steep terrain, cornering and switchbacks (different to normal corners). Then over the week you should transform into a riding God! Sorry, got a bit carried away there.

These weeks are perfect for intermediate riders who have experience on natural and MTB centre trails (let’s say red ones) at home and would like to develop their skills on more demanding terrain.

So if you think a BV trip might be too much then these are the weeks for you.

One word of caution though – these weeks are aimed at fast-tracking your riding skills to cope with alpine terrain. If you’re happy with a steepish learning curve (we’re very patient and we love skills coaching) and the odd crash, come along!

“Just do it. You know it makes sense!”

Andy McCandlish in MBR

Finally, If you have any questions about the riding then please do give us a call/email.

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