Sitting right within the European Alps, Switzerland has some of the best bike park riding available in the region. And since much of the geographic area is covered by mountains, in Switzerland the density of bike parks per square kilometer is higher than in almost any other country in the world. Making the choice of which Swiss bike parks are worth a visit a hard one.
The biggest and best riding spots with lift access are found in the east and south-west regions of Switzerland, which lay in the European Alps. With close proximity to Italy, France and Austria the Swiss MTB destinations are popular for road trips. Near France, in the Valais Mountain range alone there’re 6 bike parks: Champéry-Morgins, Verbier, Crans-Montana, Saint Luc, Eischoll, or Bellwald.
In this article, we’ll focus only on gravity-oriented bike parks with lift access, which every downhill, freeride or enduro rider should visit when in Switzerland. Some of those downhill parks have been host to high-caliber UCI Downhill World Cup and Enduro World Series races in the past.
As with most European parks located in the mountains, the summer season is short due to low temperatures and snowfall – usually between June and September. The window of opportunity can only be three months long in some of the places situated at high elevations.
The following bike park map shows you where bike parks are located in Switzerland. So you can easily find out which Swiss bike park is located near your vacation destination.
Lenzerheide Bike Kingdom
Let’s start off with arguably the most famous bike park in Switzerland: the Bike Kingdom Lenzerheide. The actual Bikepark Lenzerheide is located between the middle station Scharmoin and the valley station Rothorn. Still, the “Kingdom” in its name isn’t by accident. Lenzerheide sits right between Davos-Klosters, Films-Laax and Chur for a massive network of MTB trails!
Lenzerheide is a fairly young bike park with one of the most scenic views ever – it’s almost cheesy. The trail characteristics feel modern as well with numerous safely built obstacles like tables, drops and wooden ramps guarantee pure fun.
While the easy Flowline is perfect for beginners and families, you can get a taste of real World Cup air on the “Straightline”, Lenzerheide’s Downhill Line which is a regular track on the DH World Cup Circuit. Beginners and kids can hone their riding technique in the free Skill Center at the Rothorn valley station before tackling the park tracks.
Verbier is one of the mountain bike hotspots in the Valais. In the downhill bike park there are a total of eight trails with different levels of difficulty. From the easy, blue-marked flow trail to the black former World Cup DH track, there is a suitable trail for every bike level.
You’ll find a total of nine downhill trails in Verbier with varying degrees of difficulty that cover a difference in altitude of up to 880 meters. One of them is the five-kilometer flow trail on the side of La Tzoumaz.
And all accompanied by amazing views of the surrounding 4.000 meter peaks. Can you say breathtaking?
Champéry-Morgins (Portes du Soleil)
Champéry may be the underdog on this list, despite the legendary name. It’s true it’s the location of legendary downhill races. But it’s often overshadowed due to the proximity to the absolutely huge and famous area of Morgins in the Port du Soleil.
…which of course is a big plus in my book for anyone willing to cross the border into France. From Champéry, you can also access the rest of the very extensive Portes du Solei area. With an MTB trail network of a total of 600 kilometers, there is no room for boredom.
And even when not, at Champéry-Morgins bike park, you can choose from over eleven downhill trails of all difficulties: green, blue, red and (pitch) black.
As far as recommendations go, this one is a clear must-visit of you are nearby!
Chur Alpine Bikepark
The “Alpenbikepark Chur” is a very versatile bike park with a variety of flowlines, jumps, north shores and natural features. Beginners will get their money’s worth here, even without a DH bike. At the same time, there is also plenty on offer for advanced riders and freeride cracks with doubles, drops, wallrides and much more.
All that on a whopping 1.000 meters of vertical descending! Only a few bike parks have such a height difference. The longest uninterrupted descent is over 7km long! In addition, there is a very good infrastructure with bike rental, restaurants, and bars.
The gondola system ensures little waiting time. Bike parks Lenzerheide and Flims-Laax are only 20km away, although you can hold out in Chur for quite some time. Here you’ll find a modern, well-maintained bike park with quite a few trail options!
A small but fun bikepark for everyone.
Maybe not so much known as a downhiller’s bike park, Crans-Montana has become a well-known place for the Enduro World Series races held there.
The tracks cover a difference in altitude of almost 800 meters with a couple of intersections and line options on the way down. Technically difficult passages in the woods alternate with flatter sections. With its diversified tracks, the Crans-Montana bike park is actually surprisingly diverse for its size.
While the 3-kilometer red trail is suitable for riders who want a little more spice, the blue flow trail that links Chetzeron to Arnouva and is ridden by both experienced bikers and beginners. On the other hand, beginners are advised to avoid the famous “Chetzeron” black slope. Particularly steep, this one includes highly technical sections, with rocks and roots to navigate.
With relatively little altitude difference of 500 meters, the St-Luc bike park offers three trails of varying difficulty. Each trail is about 2.5 kilometers long and peppered with North Shore elements, berms and jumps. In the middle of the downhill line there is also the optional “Bunny Up Zone”. Here you can work on your jumping skills on two short tracks.
The bike park in St. Luc has three trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Each starts next to the top station of the cable car and finishes at the bottom station.
It’s location in between Zermatt, Crans-Montana and Verbier is probably the best thing about it. While it may not be worth the trip by itself, the surrounding region is definitely worth a visit!
This Bikepark in the idyllic mountain village of Bellwald has steadily been growing both in popularity and in size over the recent years. Each trail has its own surface type and characteristics. Some offer jumps and gaps, while others run smoother through berm turns.
The most well-known of them in the European mountain bike scene is the DH line, which is a regular host for the IXS Swiss Downhill Cup. The season finals are often held at the Bellwald Bikepark every year on the first weekend in October.
Zermatt is surrounded by 38 mountain peaks with peaks over 4.000 meters.
Need I say more?
It’s the mountain biking paradise at the foot of the Matterhorn, one of the tallest mountains in the Alps. Its trails are ideal for kids and beginners to learn mountain biking and perfect for advanced riders to refine their technique and experience truly breathtaking descents.
Another spot that’s a former host of the Enduro World Series and it’s clear why. The trails in Zermatt can truly keep up with the scenery they provide. In fact, they are so demanding that you will hardly find time to lift your head and enjoy the view. Great problems to have indeed.
Not unique to Swiss trails, these are also shared with hikers and cows, so respect and caution is required. In the summer months, especially the marked trails can be crowded. However, the region around Zermatt is huge, so you are sure to find more secluded trails where you can enjoy your peace and quiet.
The trails in Zermatt are spread over the three different stations located above the town – Gornergrat, Rothorn and Schwarzsee. All three are easily accessible by cable cars and mountain railroads. If you’re looking for a longer tour, stick to the 37-kilometer Matterhorn Valley Trail, which takes you to Visp, from where you can take the train back to Zermatt.
You may have gathered as much by now, but rather bring your nimble single-crown MTB instead of the dual-crown DH bike.
St. Moritz – Corviglia
The marketing slogan “Home of Trails” is fitting for the region around the famous ski-destination St. Moritz. From Piz Nair peak, 3.056 meters above sea level, countless trails with brilliant views wind their way down into the valley.
And then there’s the Corviglia where you’ll find even more spectacular descents and flowing single trails. A flowy highlight is the Pumptrail Corviglia. The Upper Engadine is another true mountain biker’s paradise with a wide selection of trail types, so bikers of all skill levels get their money’s worth here.
With a multitude of mountain peaks comfortably accessible by gondolas, the entire area around St. Moritz is one giant bike park.
Leave your DH bike at home and dust off the Enduro rig!
While Davos-Klosters has a couple of railways up the mountains, the tracks are better suited for more nimble mountain bikes that can go around tight corners and pedal well. Think singletrack instead of freeride motorway.
A whopping 10.000 meters of total singletrail descent is available at your fingertips! It’s rideable in one big loop called the Bahnentour, which makes use of the mountain railway no less than 8 times to complete.
Coupled with the occasional 6-kilometer freeride line, the Davos region is definitely one of the most attractive all-around MTB destinations in Switzerland.
If you got some power left in your legs to shred some of the not-so-easy-t-reach trails, an enormous trail network of 700 kilometers has everything you’ll ever need in terms of riding. It goes without saying that there’s something for any skill level, complete beginner to pro rider, which warrants regular visitis as you get better.
The Hot-Trail Bikepark Wiriehorn is located in the Diemtigtal Nature Park. A couple of official tracks for beginner, advanced and pro riders lead from the Nüegg mountain station over a good 400 meters in altitude down into the valley.
While it’s not a particularly big park, don’t sleep on the DH track! It’s the competition course for the iXS Downhill Cup, which is held regularly on the Wiriehorn.
For anyone looking to improve their bike skills, there are two pump tracks at the valley station and three kid’s tracks with their own conveyor belt for a comfortable ascent to the start.
Wiriehorn may be the most family friendly and best maintained bike park on this list!
The park is located in the middle of the Diemtigtal Nature Park and guarantees a great experience. The cable car transports you comfortably to the start, the trail ends right next to the valley station. Showers are available at the end of the trails. A car wash and barbecue area are also on site. Camping on the large parking lot is allowed.
Other Swiss Bike Parks & Trail Centers
Chaumont Neuchâtel Bikepark
Ride hard and enjoy an amazing view lakeside.
Without a doubt, the downhill run above Neuchâtel is an absolute treat for freeriders. With over 110 doubles and no less than 20 drops, the trail offers as much airtime as probably no other line of this caliber.
The course is 3.2 kilometers long while descending 570 meters vertically, which means it’s quite steep. If you want to ride the trail, you should bring some advanced skills as the drops are up to four meters high and six meters wide. For less experienced bikers there is always a Chicken Line.
Flims Laax Bikepark
Located in Graubünden, the bike park is normally open from the end of May to October and has only a couple of tracks. What makes it worth a visit is its proximity to the bike parks of Chur and Lenzerheide and the huge trail network surrounding all of them.
As you would expect from a large park there is a gondola and a store complete with a bike wash. The park trails are designed very flowy and up to 7km (Runcatrail) – longer than trails in most other bike parks! The region Flims, Laax, and Falera also offers a very large selection of Enduro loops.
The Flumserberg is home to 13 kilometers of easy and intermediate trails. It’s a top address, especially for bike park newbies and families with kids. All three main routes promise a lot of flow and a magnificent alpine panorama. Feel free to combine them all into one beautiful roundtrip.
The 12-seater Prodalp-Express gondola takes you directly to the start of the BlueSalamander trail. Then take the Prodkamm 8-seater chairlift to the start of the RedFox and RedRock trails.
The Gurtentrail is the home spot of the Bernese bike scene. Yes, close to the city of Bern!
Even at just 270 meters of vertical descent, the trails are up to two kilometers long. Jumps, berms and natural corners promise a lot of variety on the way down. You can get to the start of the trail by taking the Gurtenbahn lift.
The trail is open all year round. Practical: At the end of the trail there is a bike wash on parking deck 3.
The Lugano area is packed full with MTB trails amidst beautiful mountains and lakes. However, there is no lift access, so it’s not technically a park. But still worth a mention for anyone willing to pedal or shuttle.