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Summer MTB in Morzine – AN UPDATE

It was announced recently that there’d be no mountain biking on the Pleney in Morzine this summer while construction and replacement work takes place on the main Pleney bubble lift.

The most recent update from the Office de Tourisme, published yesterday, tells us that…

“In addition to the summer bus service , which will transport Mountain Bikers to Les Gets, the “Crousaz” and “Mouilles” chairlifts will be open to Mountain Bikers each morning from 8.30am to 10.30am; this will be dependent on the two chairlifts being certified for this use.

The “Crousaz” chairlift is unable to be used simultaneously by Mountain Bikers and Luge users.  Therefore different time slots have been attributed for each group.  Mountain Bikers will be able to use the chairlift from 8.30am to 10.30am and the rest of the day will be reserved for the luge.

As concerns the buses – these will run from 8.30-9.00am until 5.45pm (last departure from Morzine for Les Gets).  The bus stop will be the usual bus stop at the Pleney.

The buses will be equipped with trailers for transporting mountain bikes, with each being able to hold up to 30 bikes per trip.

Two vehicles with trailers will be able to step in during peak periods in order to increase capacity.

These buses will be available to Portes du Soleil pass-holders and Mountain Bike traffic will be prioritised.  Foot passengers, however, will also be able to use this bus service if all of the seats are not in use.”

Since the announcement that the Pleney lift would be out of operation this smmer, local resort businesses have posed a number of questions to the Office de Tourisme and the lift operating company to try and find out exactly what arrangements are to be made for mountain biking in Morzine this summer. We’d previously asked the head of the Morzine Office de Tourisme and they told us:

“To ensure MTB activities, the local councils and the lift companies of Morzine-Avoriaz and Les Gets, will put in place the following solutions:

· Early opening, from the 15th of June 2013, of the Super Morzine gondola and the “Zore” chairlift. From the 28th of June, an earlier opening time of 08:30am and a 50% increase in the flow-rate will ensure free-flowing traffic.

· A bus service adapted for carrying Mountain Bikes will be run daily between the resorts of Morzine and Les Gets from the 28th of June to the 1st of September 2013 (dates inclusive). This bus service will be reserved for those with a Portes du Soleil lift pass.

· The Mountain Bike tracks between the resorts of Morzine and Les Gets will be marked out, signposted and maintained.

Further steps are also being examined to safeguard Mountain Biking in the Pléney area, and improve the flow capacity of the lift links between Morzine and Les Gets, by way of the the “Crusaz” and “Mouilles” chairlifts. More information will follow on this subject as soon as possible.

Reminder of lift opening dates:

· Les Gets: Every weekend from the 25th of May and every day from the 15th of June to the 8th of September 2013.

· Morzine: Every day from the 15th of June to the 1st of September.

· Portes du Soleil: The lift links will open for the Pass’Portes du Soleil VTT, on the 28th of June, and will run until the 1st of September 2013; allowing access to the 23 lifts open this summer and linking the 12 resorts of the Franco-Swiss area.

Everyone involved in the resorts of Morzine-Avoriaz and Les Gets is working tirelessly to make sure that Mountain Biking, which is vital to our local tourist economy, goes ahead this summer.

All other infrastructure in the resort of Morzine will run as normal for the summer 2013 season:

· The “Crusaz” chairlift for pedestrians and summer toboggan.

· The “Pointe de Nyon” chairlift for pedestrians.”

And, contrary to rumors that can be found online, Morzine will not be fully closed this summer!

Business owners whose activity is linked to MTB in Morzine can  send questions or datas about their activities to projets@morzine-avoriaz.com

More updates will follow but it’s worth while getting your comments in to the Office de Tourisme as soon as possible.

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