Author:
Astrid Schlüchter

MTB series (2) : The coolest mountain bike areas

Bike parks 2022: The 10 most beautiful ones in Europe

In the second part of our bike park series, we look at the most beautiful trails and bike parks in Europe. In addition to Austria, Germany and Switzerland, there are great parks further south, but also in the very north, which are worth a visit. The Scandinavians in particular surprise with extremely lovingly designed lines that are also well suited for beginners. ISPO.com reports.

Europa hat für jeden Geschmack den passenden Bikepark parat.

1. Bike Park Livigno

In winter, the region is already considered a freeride mecca for skiers and snowboarders; in summer, the bike park is a meeting place for downhill and freeride bikers from all over Europe. No wonder, because with 14 trails it's hardly boring here. In addition, there are plenty of jumps, tricky root passages and, at the end, a jump complete with air mattress to practice on.

Key data:

  • Where. Bikepark Livigno (Mottolino Spa) // Via Bondi 473 // 23030 Livigno // Italy
  • Tracks: 14
  • Gravity Card: no
  • Opening Hours: For 2022 still unknown
  • Bikepass: 25 Euro
  • Lift: Gondola
Finally, you can optimize your jumping skills thanks to giant air mattress.

2. Bike Park Pila in Aosta Valley

Pila is located directly in the wonderful Aosta Valley. If you want to go to the bike park, you first have to take the gondola to the top of the hotel village of Pila. From there you can take the chairlift to the park, which seems quite small with four routes, but then has a lot to offer due to the many variants. Especially the freeride route from Pila down to Aosta - a total of 1,800 meters in altitude - is an absolute treat. Steep curves, natural trail passages and even small drops are addictive...

Key data

  • Where. Bikepark Pila // Sede legale Fraz. // Pila 16 // Italy
  • Tracks: 4 (plus 3 variants)
  • Gravity Card: no
  • Opening hours: Mid June to early September (general season).
  • Lift pass: 27 Euro
  • Lift: gondola/chair lift
The routes at the top of the bike park offer a lot of flow.

3. Bike park Kronplatz

From the summit of Kronplatz, the Herrnsteig involves climbing 1,300 meters in altitude. This brings enormous flow and fun with it. Despite everything, you should already have trail experience, because flowing passages are followed by challenging stretches. AND: If you want to master the Herrnsteig, you should be fit - after all, it's downhill for eight kilometers! For beginners there is the Gassl Trail, which winds along the eastern slope to the middle station of the Olang 1 and 2 cable car. New since 2018: Franz and Hans, two flow trails for advanced skiers.

Key data

  • Where. Plan de Corones 2000 // Brunico // South Tyrol
  • Routes: 7
  • Gravity Card: no
  • Opening hours: 27. November 2021 - 24. April 2022
  • Other: Messner Mountain Museum
  • Lift pass: 36 Euro
  • Lifts: Gondola

4. Bike park Chatel, Morzine & Les Gets

Mountain biking like freeriding in a ski resort? No problem - because the Bikepark Chatel is not for nothing one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Accordingly, you are greeted at the lift station by quite a few downhill professionals, which also has to do with the many, extremely well shaped lines. What really makes fun, however, is the fact that you can also use two other bike parks in addition to Chatel. The lifts take you to Morzine and Les Gets, both worthwhile parks, which - especially if you plan a longer stay - provide a lot of variety.

Key data

  • Where. Bikepark Chatel // Rue de Maison Chatellane 281 // Thonon/74390 Chatel/ France
  • Tracks: approx. 21
  • Gravity Card: no
  • Opening hours:
    • Weekend operation: mid-June to first weekend in September (general season)
  • Other: connection to the two regions Les Gets and Morzine
  • Lift pass: 30 Euro (Portes du Soleil)
  • Lifts: chairlift (Chatel), otherwise also gondolas
This is where the pros train: Gap in the Chatel bike park.

5. Bike park Hafjell

The bike park in Hafjell is also often called the European Whistler, why? Quite simply because on the one hand many World Cup racers meet here for training, but on the other hand there are also great routes waiting for ordinary consumers. In particular, the "Rollercoaster 8" is a roller coaster with many jumps, doubles and other obstacles and is probably the most famous trail on site, packed with an incredible fifty jump variations.

Key data

  • Where. Bikepark Havjell // Hundervegen 122 // Oyer Norge // Norway
  • Tracks: 18
  • Gravity Card: Member
  • Opening Hours: Temporarily closed
  • Lift pass: about 33 Euro
  • Lift: gondola/chair lift
Bikepark Hafjell.
Lieblingsspot: Autorin Astrid Schlüchter vor dem Bikepark in Hafjell.
Favorite spot: Author Astrid Schlüchter in front of the bike park in Hafjell.

6. bike park Åre

What the Bikepark Chatel is for the European area, Åre in Sweden is on an international level. In general, it has to be said that Scandinavia is ahead of the game when it comes to bike parks. The trails are well-maintained, lovingly shaped, offer extreme variety and also provide a great experience visually. This is also the case in Åre, because with three different areas - the tracks over rock slabs and the fast single trails further up, the bike park trails in the lower mountain section and the classic downhill trails halfway up - can be seen, breathtaking views and landscapes included. The trails become really difficult, especially in the upper section, if they get too wet, which can happen quite quickly in Sweden.

Key data

  • Where. Bikepark Are // Kabinbanevägen 17 // 83752 Are // Sweden
  • Tracks: 32
  • Gravity Card: no
  • Opening Hours: End of June to end of September 2022
  • Liftpass: tbd (update on website)
  • Lift: chairlift, gondola
Wallride in Are.

7. Bike Park La Fenasosa

The journey here is already an adventure, because La Fenasosa is located somewhat off the beaten track near Alicante in the municipality of Valencia. A dirt road leads up to a fairy-tale castle; there are no lifts here, so the bikes and riders are transported to the trail entrance in military trucks. In general, there are about 10 downhill trails to choose from, but they are more for experts, so less for beginners. In addition, however, there are also easier routes and child-friendly trails. An advantage: The bike park is open all year round on weekends, groups of ten people or more may also use the shuttle during the week.

Key data

  • Where. La Fenasosa // Sierra de Mariola // Alicante // Spain
  • Routes: approx. 11
  • Gravity Card: no
  • Opening hours: tbd (usually all year round on weekends & by appointment)
  • Prices: 16 euros plus 15 euros shuttle service
Here already the journey becomes an adventure, the bike park in Spain is located in the middle of the municipality of Valencia.

8. Bike park Spicak

In the Czech Republic, you should definitely make a detour to the bike park Spicak, because it offers from northshores, freeride tracks, downhill fun to skill centers and single tracks for beginners really for every taste the right track. The trails lead partly through the forest and partly over downhill slopes. Each of them is peppered with wooden obstacles and other specialties.

Key data

  • Where. Bikepark Spicak // Zelezna Ruda 04 // 182 Spicak // Czech Republic
  • Tracks: 6
  • Gravity Card: Member
  • Opening Hours: Expected May 2022
  • Lift pass: 27 Euro
  • Lifts: Chairlift
Spicak in the Czech Republic offers not only shaped trails but also plenty of natural trails.

9. Bike park Kasina

Relatively new is the bike park Kasina, which was opened only in 2017 in Poland. Nevertheless, it does not have to hide, because at least it is the largest park in the region of Poland. A total of nine routes are currently available in various degrees of difficulty.

Key data

  • Where. Bikepark Kasina // Kasina Wielka 672 // 34-741 Mszana Dolna // Poland
  • Tracks: 9
  • Gravity Card: no
  • Opening hours: tbd (update on the website)
  • Lift pass: about 18,50 € for the day pass
  • Lift: chairlift
Roadgap in the still quite new bike park in Kasina.

10. Bike park Ponte de Lima

In northern Portugal is the Bikepark Ponte de Lima, in the middle of the fantastic scenery of the Serra D 'Arga. There are cross country, downhill and enduro trails for beginners and advanced riders to choose from. The park founders wanted to create a playground where you can train, improve and optimize your skills.

Key data

  • Where. Ponte de Lima // Concelho de Ponte Lima // Frequesia de Estoraos e Cabracao // Portugal
  • Routes: 10
  • Gravity Card: no
  • Opening hours: all year round
  • Lift pass: about 30 euros
Mitten in der Serra D`Arga Biken!

Conclusion: The best bike parks

Europe has a lot to offer for bikers. Each bike park has its advantages and inspires with a unique offer. The rule here is: Just try it out! The variety is good and every biker enjoys proper action.

FAQ

Below we answer the most frequently asked questions about bike parks in Europe.

Bike parks: which are the best?

There is no such thing as the best bike park. The choice is decided by one's own preferences. The bike park Spicak gained a lot of popularity in recent years, but the bike park Åre from Sweden is often mentioned as the absolute favorite.

Bikeparks opening hours 2022: When is the season?

The general season is mostly from June to September. However, the opening hours vary and some bike parks are open all year round.

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