Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Tour des Etablons

This loop offers an 8 km ascent to the high altitude Chez Simon restaurant, before reaching La Tzoumaz by an old forest road above Saxon.

  • Difficulty

    medium, S0

    Difficulty: medium
    S0 Even forest or meadow paths, on a natural surface with good grip or on compact gravel. No steps, rocks or passages with many roots. Gentle gradients, wide curves. No special technique required
  • Length

    17.2 km

  • Duration

    1:59 h

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From the start of the cable car from La Tzoumaz-Savoleyres, this route quickly joins the Croix de Cœur road, then climbs 8 km, successively crossing mountain pastures and larch forests. Turn off shortly before the pass to access Chez Simon restaurant located at an altitude of 2076 metres, the highest point on the route. The itinerary continues with a dirt road towards Sapinhaut, then gives way to a fairly steep descent up to La Vatse clearing. It then takes a slightly uphill forest road towards La Tzoumaz, traversing three small tunnels to Som de Pro. The last kilometre is on the main road and leads back to the starting point.

Turn-by-turn directions

From La Tzoumaz, this itinerary leads quickly out of the resort and joins the Croix de Cœur road where your ascent begins. The climb through the forests is made up of several bends and is the highlight of the Tour des Stations. Please note that the surface allows you to do this ascent both on a mountain bike and with a road bike. Shortly before arriving at the pass, the route turns right to reach the restaurant Chez Simon, where you can take a break to refresh yourself. The route then goes down by an old, rather steep mountain pasture road to La Vatse, then reaches La Tzoumaz via a slightly uphill forest road. Join the main road for the last kilometre that will take you back to your starting point.

Start: La Tzoumaz, cable car departure station (1515 m)
Destination: La Tzoumaz, cable car departure station (1514 m)

Author's recommendation

Stop by Chez Simon restaurant to taste his excellent apple pie.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2102 m 1366 m

  • Ascent

    755 m

  • Descent

    756 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 3 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Head for the TRI Riddes-Isérables cable car station from the Swiss National Railways main station in Riddes. Take the cable car to Isérables, then the post bus to La Tzoumaz. Exit at the Tzoumaz-Télécabine stop.

Approach

Exit the A9 motorway at Riddes and take the Route des Mayens to La Tzoumaz.

Parking

Place de l'Eterpey has a large car park with unlimited duration free of charge as you enter La Tzoumaz. 

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Additional information

 More information about the destination:

La Tzoumaz

Literature

Check out the Valais mountain bike map for the best routes in the whole region.

The tourist office at La Tzoumaz provides brochures for mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopoMaps 1:25'000: 1325 Sembrancher / 1326 Rosablanche / 1305 Dents de Morcles