The Summits Week

Dates & Prices Summer 2017:

2nd September - 9th September - €825
9th September - 16th September - €825

Min Riding Level:
(Riding right off the top of big mountains means tackling some tough, technical riding and it's important to be able to keep making steady progress on this kind of terrain even when you're tired).
Min Fitness Level:
(We'll be riding, pushing and carrying our bikes up big mountains. We will get tired!).

The summits week is about big-mountain adventure riding. A chance to do some very raw Alpine riding, far away from the bike parks and chairlifts. The concept is to try to reach a high-mountain pass or summit on every day of the trip, then ride all the way back to the valley. Most of the trails we'll ride this week can't be ridden any other way - there is no mechanical access short of chartering a private helicopter. To get there will mean working hard - pedalling, pushing and carrying bikes for a long way. The descents will be awesome, but will also, without doubt, have some fiendishly challenging technical riding and probably some sections which will be unrideable for most. This is riding out-of-the-box, going where most people think bikes just can't go. We may also make use of some mountain refuges for an overnight stay - either just for fun or to access a more remote peak.

Each day of the trip will involve at least 750m of climbing, often much more. A lot of will be pushing or carrying bikes. It will be hard. That's the point! The pay-off will be continuous descents of as much as 2000m. Riders on this trip should be fit and capable of riding at a good technical standard. The days will be long and being able to ride consistently in technical terrain will be important both for enjoyment of the trip and for safety.

Trip cost of €845 per person includes

  • 5 days of 100% fully-qualified guiding (meet the guides)
  • On-trail coaching & skills sessions
  • Transfers from Geneva airport on Saturdays
  • 7 nights accommodation in Chalet Maison le Foret
  • Breakfast and 3 -course dinner on 6 nights of the week
  • Packed-lunch (we provide the bread and fillings, you make the sannies!)
  • 5 days of vehicle support
  • Transfers from/to Bourg Saint Maurice train/bus station if required
  • Unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks
  • Afternoon tea & cake
  • Bed-linen and towels
  • Wireless internet access
What's not included:
  • Hut costs for any nights spent in refuges
  • Additional guiding costs for a sixth day of guiding - may be required for an overnight trip
  • Dinner on our night off
  • Any spares from our stock you may use
  • Lift passes - unlikely on this week, but we may use one or two lifts for access
  • Insurance - we can't stress enough how important insurance is! From personal experience, a major claim can run to 40,000€ or more. Your EHIC card does NOT provide sufficient cover - it covers you for only 80% of your medical bills and provides no cover at all for mountain rescue, repatriation, etc.
  • Flights

Please be aware that our specialist trips such as the Summits Week require a minimum number of people to run, usually 4. If we're not able to get a group together, we will still try to run the trip if we can but it may become impractical. In this case, we'll offer you a discount and a switch to our "standard" trip running at the same time (either Classic Singletrack or Backcountry) with a strong flavour of the Summits Week added in where we can.

Big mountain riding, Col Grand Ferret

High-alpine Singletrack, Looking across to Villaroger

Big Mountain Riding, Col de Balme

No pain, no gain

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