Vallnord Bike Park
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 features 29 circuits with different characteristics 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 downhill 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.
The Bike Park includes 21 downhill trails that make the most of the slopes and hard ground on the ski runs after the thaw, some circuits approved as official for the Mountain Bike World Cup, as well as the Wood Park, one of the Bike Park’s star circuits featuring boardwalks, jumps, holes and other kinds of obstacles, making it an amazing track for the majority of riders who want to show off their skills!
You can also do cross-country mountain biking here – the resort has four circuits with three areas with differing levels of difficulty that traverse narrower paths – as well as enduro – with two circuits, one blue and one red level – where nearly 80% of the route takes place along tracks and paths!
Lastly, you can also do four-cross mountain biking here on one circuit set up and adapted for simultaneous descent by four cyclists. There is also one pump track, with an infrastructure that will help you perfect your technique before hitting the other circuits.
And for little ones...
Likewise, children can also try their hand at trial biking thanks to the designated areas at Vallnord Bike Park, which are specially adapted for kids. They're all in the Fun Zone. There are four distinct areas: the Practice Area, where children can acquire their first skills in trial biking, the Kids Bike Park, which is comprised of several dirt tracks, including a Wood Park circuit, and the Pump Track, where they'll get the chance to test what they've learned.
These circuits, which were designed by Trial World Champion Xavi Casas, are meant for children aged six to eleven.
Environmentally aware, the Vallnord-Pal Arinsal resort is also getting on board with renewable energy, offering an e-bike circuit: there will be varying levels of difficulty on a route that runs from Pla de la Caubella to Coll de la Botella!
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. You can also get here by car via the CG-4 and CS-420 roads, as well as by the Serra and Cubil chair lifts; the Cubil lift will take you up to 2350 metres, the highest point of the Bike Park. Lastly, in summer you can also get here using the Arinsal cable car.
The Bike Park is open all summer: from 10 am to 5 pm during the first weekends in June; from 10 am to 6:30 pm from mid-June to the end of July, with the opening times extended to 9:30 am to 7:30 pm from the end of July to mid-August. During the first weekends in autumn, until approximately 12 October, the park will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.
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Vallnord Bike Park
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