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  • Planning Good MTB Trips In Switzerland For Summer

    Graubünden Ferien / Gaudenz Danuser

    That time of the year. Bike fever. And fairs and dreams. 

    In Helsinki, they had this weekend the annual GoExpo fair for outdoors business and activities, mountain biking included. Also the Finnish outdoor destination of the year award was announced there, this year with a mountain biking theme. And the winner of the year – Ylläs in Finnish Lapland – has definitely done great job the past years developing the year-around mountain biking possibilities in the destination (including the ski resort Ylläs and nearby Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park )

    As a Northern Finn in Switzerland, I am also happy of the direct winter season flights from Zürich to Kittilä (the nearest airport to Ylläs). Although, when thinking of the good mountain biking, it would be even more comfortable if the direct flights would be flying in summer too. Please?

    Arosa Tourismus, Nathan Hughes

    Though, nothing wrong staying in Switzerland either. And this year again I am happy to be living in Switzerland, with the damn good an varied mountain biking possibilities all around the country. This year I also hope to have the money, to update my toys and explore the trails every free weekend and holiday I manage to get this season. (yes, mtb really is the new golf)

    And so, these days, alongside planning my whole strategy for the year, I am researching the options and drafting plans for biking and touring and eating and drinking my way around Switzerland. 

    Jean-Luc Grossmann für Spot Magazin

    swiss-image.ch/Markus Greber Maastopyöräily Sveitsi

    GRF/Ferienregion Lenzerheide Maastopyöräily Sveitsi

     GRF/Destination Davos Klosters Maastopyöräily Sveitsi

     Graubünden Ferien/Gaudenz Danuser Maastopyöräily Sveitsi

    There definitely needs to be biking in Graubünden (in the pics – hope I also get to take my own pics from there soon) and Zermatt. And the all the cheese and beer, in the middle and especially after. Well deserved. 

    Maybe a different kind of tour in Montreux-Riviera too. Biking and wine tasting combined. And some easy everyday tours in Uetliberg in Zürich, if and when I move back to that direction soon. 

    And I should also sign up to one of those technique / bike repair workshops or girls camps. I mean, I can bike and fix something, but some extra lessons never do harm. 

    One just would need to sit down and choose one. Or two. But like with the destinations, while it’s good to have so much to choose from these days, it’s also the problem of too many good things to choose from. 

    And so, feel free to help me in the comments section (or comment in instagram) if you know where what and how I should do better mountain biking this summer. 

    That I would look as cool as the people in the pics here. 

    Graubünden Ferien / Gaudenz Danuser


    Daniel Geiger für Merida/Graubünden Ferien

    Graubünden Ferien Maastopyöräily Sveitsi 2019

     


    Pics: Graubünden, Switzerland. Copyrights:Arosa Tourismus, Nathan Hughes, Graubünden Ferien, Gaudenz Danuser, Jean-Luc Grossmann für Spot Magazin, Ferienregion Lenzerheide, Daniel Geiger, GRF/Destination Davos Klosters, Markus Greber

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  • Biking In Zermatt

    Tiina Kivelä

    Biking (MTB) in Zermatt. Such wow.

    Although I still haven’t done any biking in Zermatt, I do think it’s a good idea of tell you about it. Because even though I didn’t have my bike with me last weekend in Zermatt, I did see many super happy looking bikers and awesome trails for biking (and many awesome bikes – the fever is high). And I simply came came to the conclusion that Zermatt truly lives to its reputation when it comes to MTB. The scenery and wild landscape – hello Matterhorn – makes a good base, on which more than ok infra, planning and car free village make it eventually a kind of a bikers paradise. Even for my kind of wannabe/beginner (not long though!).

    What’s really interesting in Zermatt is that almost all the roads and trails are open for both bikers and hikers. And on top of that, the village is car free, which makes it a good break for the daily urban bike commuters fighters too.

    In Zermatt, there are flowtrails and other paths only for biking and trails prohibited from bikers, but generally the rule goes that mtb riders are allowed to ride on all roads, unless a prohibition sign forbids it. Though this means – of course – that the highest level of consideration and peaceful playing is required on the paths in and around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa (=nearby villages).  Haters will hate but also, I only met considerate and friendly bikers on the paths and as a kind of multisport hustler myself I think we all fit on the same trails more than fine and destinations and trails can serve various modes of use at the same time.

    So go. It’s also the best season now. But please, really, be nice, make space and keep an eye for others. Both for people and animals.

    Biking in Zermatt – How And Where Exactly

    As I didn’t have the bike I don’t have many detailed tips for biking in Zermatt yet, sorry. But I saw and confirmed with the help of the ones who know better that the Gornergrat side and trails around Schwarzee / Schönbielhütte direction are more than nice. And if taking the Matterhorn direction from Zermatt village center, you can even have lunch or beer in the adorable (more than fine for badass bikers too) village of Zmutt on your way back.

    More information of biking in and around Zermatt in i.e. Supertrail guide in here – and hopefully by me once I get back there with a bike.  Oh and the weather this weekend, when I was free, was kind moody. Therefore, a bit grainy and moody pics. But you should get the point, I hope.

    Ps. (Guidelines for mountain biking in and around Zermatt, pdf)

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Zermatt

    How: Take the train to Zermatt (bike comes well along with the SBB bike day pass). Book your sleep in any of the hotels, cabins, huts or maybe try the same hostel where I stayed (Zermatt Youth Hostel) in Zermatt.

    Then, get a day or two’s pass for the lifts and trains in the area, and just enjoy. 

    When: Autumn.

     

  • BLOG
  • Zermatt

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    Went to Zermatt for a long weekend. And loved it, despite the moody weather and mainly work. Or maybe loved exactly for that – no crowds on trails and refreshingly different work than normally.

    More pics and stories coming later, now just quick <3 to Zermatt and its trails.

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Zermatt