When the cold gives way to the heat, the Pal-Arinsal ski resort doesn’t close for business. It becomes Vallnord Bike Park, one of the most spectacular mountain bike areas in southern Europe. In fact, in summer it’s home to some major international mountain bike competitions that choose this circuit for the quality of its facilities and the adrenaline rush generated by its circuits. Here’s a description of some of the services offered at this, the perfect destination for mountain bike lovers.
The Vallnord Bike Park offers a variety of circuits, for all levels, making it ideal for both beginners in the world of mountain biking and those looking to perfect their skills. Whatever the level, visitors can sign up to classes at the school, run by local rider Soraya Drici. She and her team of trainers will be responsible for transmitting all their MTB experience and knowledge, while always observing the highest safety standards.
Vallnord Bike Park offers circuits with a variety of features. Of course you’ll find downhill circuits, thanks to the slopes and grip of the ski pistes once they've thawed. Some of them have official Mountain Bike World Cup certification. Another star circuit is undoubtedly Wood Park, where you’ll find bridges, jumps, bumps, bowls and other obstacles that the vast majority of riders can try once they reach a minimum level of skill. You can also go cross-country biking along small paths through some unique and beautiful landscapes. Finally, four cross is another option available here, with downhill circuits set up for up to four riders.
There’s also a Wood Park circuit for children between 6 and 10 years old, and a bike trial area, designed by world champion Xavi Casas.
Vallnord Bike Park: bike rental
If you want to visit the MTB resort but without bringing your own bike, lighten your load and use the bike rental services at Vallnord. The models available at their stores are valid for both cross-country and downhill, so every user will find the one that best suits their discipline. There are three options for rentals: by the hour, half-day (4 hours) or full day. Discounts for children and pensioners.
How and when to go to the MTB resort
Vallnord Bike Park is in the Pal sector of the Pal-Arinsal ski resort. This means you can reach the site using the cable car in La Massana, the nearest town. It can also be accessed by car via the CG-4 and CS420 roads. The MTB area is open throughout the summer and during early autumn weekends until approximately 12 October.